Here’s a perfect one for summer! I chose the classic burgers and fries with a twist; homemade black bean burgers with avocado mayo and sweet potato fries. The burgers kind of look like falafel patties in these pics but they tasted nothing like them. They were flavourful and delicious and, best of all, they actually stayed together in patties! (Anyone who has tried making homemade veggie patties will know the pitfalls of a burger that falls apart.) The super peppery sweet potato fries were perfect to round it out. Yum!
To make the avocado mayo, we simply mashed together an avocado (or 2) with a couple spoonfuls of Vegenaise. Add seasoning if you’d like (garlic, s&p, lemon) and then slather it on everything!
Black Bean Burgers
via Allrecipes (LaurenMu)
16 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
Enough egg replacer for 1 egg
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 cup bread crumbs
If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375F and lightly oil a baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans. In a small bowl, stir together egg replacer, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
via Cookie + Kate (Kate)
2-3 medium sweet potatoes
1-2 tbsp cornstarch
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Salt, pepper and spices (cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, chili… the list goes on!)
Preheat the oven to 425F. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into fry-shaped pieces. Try to cut them in a consistent size so they will bake evenly. Toss the uncooked fries into a mixing bowl or a plastic bag, or just onto your baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornstarch and pour in enough olive oil to lightly coat the fries. Season with salt, pepper, and spices (if using). Mix/shake to distribute evenly.
Pour the fries directly onto a dark, non-stick baking sheet for best results. Arrange your fries in a single layer and don’t overcrowd, otherwise they will never crisp up. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the fries so they cook on all sides. Bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until the fries are very crispy. You’ll know they’re done when the surface of the fries change from shiny orange to a more matte, puffed up texture. It’s essential to bake them long enough, otherwise they won’t be crispy. Don’t worry if the edges are a little bit brown; they will taste more caramelized than burnt.