Friday, April 8, 2011

Burgers, A Healthy Make Over

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your Friday today.  The other day I put up a recipe making chicken Parmesan healthy but still keeping the flavors traditional.  Well this is what I do with my burgers too.  Granted every time I make burgers isnt always this way, I sometimes use extra lean ground beef too.  At any rate I think you will find this recipe very interesting if nothing else.  So let's do this!


1 pound of cooked black beans you can use canned or dry beans 
1 onion minced
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 to 1 cup of beef broth or veggie broth
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of any steak seasoning I like Chicago steak seasoning use more if you like
Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions and any condiments you like having on your burgers


In either a food processor or whatever you have on hand, mash up all your black beans to a smooth texture.  Add in all other ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and condiments.  After you have mixed all the ingredients into the black beans you should have a hamburger like consistency if its not and its a little runny , go ahead and add more beans. If for some reason its a little too dry add more broth or water.  Next put the bean mixture into a bowl and separate it into 4 equal parts.  (this recipe feeds 4 people count on 1 burger per person.) Form the bean mixture into patties.  Drizzle a large skillet with the extra virgin olive oil and pan sear the patties.  You dont need to cook them through just brown up either side of the patty and it will heat through.  Put your burger on a low fat whole wheat bun top it with lettuce, tomatoes and onions or just leave the bun out and put it on some lettuce.  You can change this recipe by adding Tabasco and hot peppers in the mixing process too. Use your favorite condiments and your mind and taste buds wont realize you are eating something very good for you.  When I first made this recipe my husband (who grew up in Texas and loves meat to a fault)  didn't even notice it was beans !   He told me he never would have known the difference if I didn't tell him.  I hope this recipe works for you and live, laugh and love all.

This is a little different than the above recipe but its the same idea, basically add or take out any ingredient you do not like enjoy!!

Above is Part One

Here is Part Two

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