I love a good bean-based burger. So when I get my hands on some unusual beans, like Vaquero Beans, I like to test them out. These beans appealed to me because of their charismatic cow-like spots and their starchy texture -- perfect for plant-based burgers! I regret not taking more photos of these attractive beans before cooking them, but you can still see the cow spots after they've been boiled:
One of my family's favorite vegetarian dinners is a black bean burger topped with spicy avocado mash. Here, I bring the spice inside the burger, and I think it worked out pretty well. Sautéing up some jalapeños first gets rid of some of the crunch of a raw pepper that might disrupt the texture of the burger, while maintaining a bit of heat.
Spicy Jalapeño Vaquero Bean Burgers
Makes 8 plant-based burgers.
Adapted from Hummusapien.
2 tbsp Flaxseed, ground
3 tbsp Water
28 oz soaked and cooked Vaquero Beans (can sub another kind of bean)
3/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs, unseasoned
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
- Soak and cook your beans, as directed on the package or in an Instant Pot for 15 minutes on the "Bean" setting.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Make a "flax egg," by mixing the water and flax seeds together in a bowl of water, allowing to stand for at least 5 minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
- Chop the jalapeño finely, removing ribs for less heat.
- Sauté jalapeño in a non-stick pan on the stove, adding a bit of water if the pieces start to stick. Sauté until lightly softened and bright green.
- Put the beans into a large mixing bowl, adding in the breadcrumbs, mixing the two together into a thick mixture. Add the flax egg.
- Add Jalapeño, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne, and Sriracha sauce.
- Pat the mixture into 8 equally sized patties, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes in the oven, flipping and cooking for another 5-7 minutes.
- Serve with red onion, Sriracha, or any other condiments you'd put on a classic burger!