Freezable Soaked Bean Burgers

This recipe actually came about as a result of neglect. I was cooking soaked beans for my 3 Bean Chili and left the house with the beans in the crock (wouldn’t be a problem, except they needed about 30 more minutes of cooking, not 3 hours).

Being one not to waste, I drained the beans, threw them in the refrigerator and knew I would get to them later.

Well, it’s later. And since I’m left with a black bean mash, bean burgers it is!

Two reasons these burgers are particularly special?First, they are freezable. So, ditch the Morningstar and say hello to your new favorite frozen bean burger. Second, the beans are soaked which allows to easier digestion (and less gas).

Ingredients

2 cup of dry beans, soaked & cooked*
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup cooked (and soaked) rice
1/3 cup breadcrumbs or favorite gluten-free flour
1 egg, whisked
1 tablespoons each of oregano and thyme
2 teaspoons each of cumin and cayenne
S&P

Method

Place half of beans in large bowl and mash, either using potato masher or fork.  Mash well, add half of remaining beans and mash again (I do this in steps because mashing beans can be a tough task). Add in remaining beans.

Add remaining ingredients and mix. This mixture is thick, give it all you’ve got. Mix until everything is well incorporated.

 

Prepare freezing equipment, I simply covered two cooling racks with foil. However, you could use a variety of things to flash freeze your burgers: baking stone, cookie sheets, etc. Form into patties and place in single layer without touching one another.

Place in freezer for about 2-3 hours, since I flash froze mine “naked” (with any wrapping) I couldn’t forget about them overnight (like I normally do!) or else they would get freezer burn. Place in freezer bag, or use vacuum sealer and place back in freezer.

To cook, either place frozen patties in skillet and cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes each side with plenty of fat (bacon grease or coconut oil) or cook in oven at 375 for about 15-20 minutes.

Top with avocados, sliced tomatoes, and spicy mayonnaise.

Have you ever tried bean burgers? Do you try to soak your legumes to reduce phytic acid?

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