July 6, 2017
Sandwich of the Week: Let Freedom Bean
After hot dogs, burgers are one of the most notable and classic American sandwiches. There’s nothing better than a cookout with friends and family where everyone has a burger on the grill and a beer in hand. In honor of the fourth of July, our sandwich of the week is a burger with a twist: the best black bean burger EVER.
If you haven’t already noticed, the makers of The Club podcast hang out with a ton of vegetarians. Andrew promises that next time we’ll do a meat sandwich.
These burgers are delicious, and will make you so happy that black beans are actually:
- way better for you than beef
- way better for the environment than beef
For the Buns
- Buns, it’s okay if they’re store-bought this time (we decided to make these very last minute)
For the Burgers (Makes 12 Burgs)
- 2 cans black beans
- 1 cup rice (we used brown rice, for health)
Bread crumbs to texture
- 1 egg
1 Tbsp+ hot sauce (Texas Pete or Tabasco)
Spices to taste
- chili powder
- salt and pepper
- onion powder and garlic powder
For the Tops
- Sliced gouda, or any good meltin’ cheese
- Fried/sauteed onions
- Fresh, garlicky pickles
- Fresh sliced jalapenos
- Sriracha aioli
- 2 parts mayo
- 1 part sriracha
- A splash of lime juice
- Some garlic, to taste
- Bang your beans to a pulp in a KitchenAid mixer.
- Cook rice according to directions and put the cooked rice in the KitchenAid with your black bean goop. Mix!
- Hot sauce time. Spice time.
- Throw the bread crumbs and egg in there and give ’em a whirl.
Morph into patties. NOTE: They will not shrink like normal burgers do, so make them a little smaller than normal!
Slap ’em on a griddle (med-high heat), or grill them if you’re feeling all-American.
The toppings above are suggestions. Feel free to sub regular mayo for aioli, or skip the garlic pickles if you have a date later/are a vampire.
If you’re feeling crazy, put some more hot sauce on it. May we suggest a nice habanero blend??
Or, how about a sparkler for some extra patriotism? It’s up to you! After all, that’s what freedom is all about.
Happy birthday, America.