So let me start off by saying I just got back from Dim Sum with my friends (our last trip in Boston’s Chinatown). Dim Sum is definitely one of my favorite types of Chinese food and is really the only type I don’t mind buying out since I will probably never be able to recreate a steamed bbq pork bun in my own kitchen. Beef and broccoli I can handle, but delicacies like fried taro – just not gonna happen. Plus Dim Sum is all about the experience – the carts milling around, the incredible variety, its just amazing. Not to mention the obligatory stop at the Asian bakery afterwards. I had a delicious mango mousse cake to follow up my brunch and also bought a red bean paste puff to have for later. The other good thing about Dim Sum is that its CHEAP. We spent $11 a piece and considering that it will hold me for breakfast and lunch, that’s pretty good. A seriously worthwhile meal. I can’t wait to explore the dim sum options back in NY, I’m sure there are some great ones there as well! The trick will be getting my parents to try it. I’m going to have to con them into thinking we’re going to some pasta-laden Italian place, blindfold them, and relish their shocked expressions when chicken feet appear in front of them. Mwahahaha.

So now we’re going to switch gears, totally and completely, from the meat and carb heavy world of dim sum to this fabulous concoction I have below:

I used to really like Gardenburgers or Morningstar Farms veggie burgers. And they really do have some good options, but they’re kind of salty and kind of expensive. And then there was Reeni. She is the awesome blogger over at Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. If you haven’t checked out her site then go. Now. But maybe not on an empty stomach because even if you’re stuffed when you arrive, you will leave starving that is how good her food is.

She posted a recipe for black bean swiss burgers with bbq onions a WHILE ago, but I’m kind of back-logged on my bookmarked recipes (who isn’t) so I only just got around to making them. And honestly, I will never buy another frozen veggie burger again. That is how good these are. Plus they call for tons of bbq sauce. And you all know how I feel about bbq sauce. The only thing I changed from her recipe was to use muenster instead of swiss and to puree the bell peppers and red onions in the burgers before mixing. I was just too lazy to chop them really small.

Black Bean Swiss Burgers with BBQ Onions
Serves 4, adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

1/2 cup dried black beans, soaked and cooked the crockpot way or 1 can black beans
3/4 flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
1/2 red onion
1 green bell pepper
1/2 cup bbq sauce (I used Annie’s Organics Smoky Maple – its amazing)
1/4 cup egg beaters or 1 egg
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 large vidalia onions
2 tbsp bbq sauce

Either chop really small or puree in a food processor the bell pepper, red onions, and garlic. Either process or mash the black beans. Mix together the ingredients from the black beans through the cayenne pepper. Heat a griddle on medium or 350. Spray with cooking spray. Split the mixture into 4 patties (or lumps) and griddle, flipping once only after the bottom is firm enough to do so.

For the Vidalia onions, saute them in a non-stick pan with salt and pepper until caramelized (15-20 minutes). Mix in the bbq sauce and heat through.

Layer a burger, a piece of cheese, and onions.

I am submitting this to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted by Marija from Palachinka.

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10 Responses to Move Over Morningstar Farms, There’s A New Burger In Town

  1. burpandslurp says:

    oh my goodness, that looks FREAKING good. I already visit Reeni’s site all the time! She really does have the most amazing recipes.
    I love dim sum, too, but it’s a bit annoying when all those carts start flooding towards you for the first 20 minutes and then they totally ignore you after and you basically have to do a little dance to get their attention.

  2. ttfn300 says:

    hehe, i don’t like swiss, but give me a black bean burger anytime and i’m set! looks fabulous 🙂

    and can you believe i’ve never had dim sum? crazy i know 🙂

  3. Donna-FFW says:

    I sawthison Reenis site also and it looked delicious there.. and it looks so delicious here also. Thanks for reminding me of this gem!

  4. Reeni? says:

    This is such an old post. When I go back and read my first posts I can’t believe how far I’ve come-especially with my writing. I was thinking of re-posting these. I’m so happy you made them! And liked them. Even my Dad likes these, and he’s a meat and potatoes man. Thanks – you made my night!

  5. Natashya says:

    I am getting to be quite fond of black beans. These sound yummy!

  6. burpandslurp says:

    Hey Joanne…I was really thankful and touched by your comment. thank you so much for opening up to me! It let me know you a bit better!

  7. Yosha says:

    I know what you mean about dimsum. While in uni we went looking for food following an all nighter and walked into a chinese restaurent. “Menus” were on the wall written in chinese and all the customers were asian. As we were about to step back out, the owner ushered us in and pointed to seats. We didn’t want to be rude but it was a bit sketchy. Then the trolleys came aroud and we just pointed to food (still no idea what we ate!) Stuffed ourself with a bit of niggling worry as to how much all this would cost mainly since I was with a bunch of guys (worst case scenario I had my emergency credit card) At the end the meal came to $10!! Our intro to dim sum! Sadly couldn’t find the restaurent again…one of my friends belive it was an all-nighter hallucination!

    Anyway I digress, came here to tell you how great the falafel was. I baked them and it was fantastic! Couldn’t find your post again but wanted to leave a comment.

    Now will have to try this black bean burger. Plus I realized I missed a bunnch of your other recipies/stories. Don’t know how that happened! Ahhh so many recipies, so little time…

  8. Joanne says:

    burpandslurp – I guess we didn’t stay long enough for that to happen, although I wouldn’t have said no to a second steamed pork bun. It’s definitely good for an out-of-the-ordinary brunch. Thanks for always posting such through-provoking things, you reinforce recovery for me all the time.

    ttfn – You need to try dim sum soon! A good place to go is China Pearl on Tyler street in chinatown. They serve dim sum with the carts on weekend mornings, but it can also be ordered any day of the week at any time. Definitely worth your while!

    Donna – I do what I can ;). I just couldn’t resist this when I saw it.

    Reeni – I personally did not see anything wrong with your writing, but I know what you mean. Even though this is only a few months old I am still amazed at how much better my writing and even my photography is. Thanks for always posting great recipes, I can’t wait to make more of them.

    Natashya – Black beans are definitely a good thing. I’m sure these could be made with most any beans though, choose your favorite!

    Yosha – Haha, Chinese food is definitely a good drunk and/or all-nighter comfort food. The grease actually helps you to absorb the alcohol more and prevents a hangover. I’m so glad you liked the falafel, I know what you mean about time, it’s constantly getting away from me.

  9. Debinhawaii says:

    Yum! I have a recipe for a pinto bean burger I have been meaning to make. I think you just inspired me!

  10. Joanne says:

    Deb – Ooo I’d love to see that! I have a weakness for pinto beans.

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