Another great dish using the produce in the La Canasta, Pinto Bean Burgers.
This idea came to me when my family went to a restaurant last week on my daughter's birthday. My step-daughter, who is quite picky when it comes to eating vegetables and doesn't normally like to try food that is new to her, surprised me by ordering a Back Bean Burger. She actually enjoyed the burger very much.
I came home that night thinking about those dry pinto beans I have in the pantry. I got them from the La Canasta and had no plan to use them. My husband is Puerto Rican. He would probably use them for his rice and beans I thought. But I wanted something different. I wanted to add a new dish to our family dinners. Something we never made. How about making Pinto Bean Burgers!
1/2 cup dices onion 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 table spoon reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 tbsp minced seeded jalapeno pepper (optional)
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 cup of dry pinto beans or 2 cups of 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
oil to cook the patties
You will also need:
- Salad dressing (I chose sandwich spread and tar tar sauce that I have in the fridge. I bet it will go well with BBQ sauce or blue cheese or thousand Island as well.)
- burger buns or small potato rolls (to make sliders)
- lettuce leaves or mix green
If you use dry pinto beans like I did, you need to soak them over night and boil them before you can use them. But if you buy them from the store just drain the beans.
To make pinto bean patties, combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl if you don't like it spicy, but if you do, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add mashed pinto beans and drained corn. Mix well.
Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portion. Make a ball and flatten them into patties. If you are going to use small potato bread to make sliders, you can make smaller patties. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Spread your choice of dressing on both sides of the bun. Place a patty on the bottom half of the bun. Top the patty with salad leaves. My husband added avocado on his burger. We had salad and mozzarella sticks on the side.