16 August 2013

Potatoes and beans: the non-burger burger

It's late summer, and I just want to drink beers and grill burgers every day!  But that could get pretty monotonous, and I want my shorts to continue to fit into fall.  I'm not always a fan of fake burgers--they often taste and feel like sawdust.  But these patties are moist, flavorful, and like a pile of salad on the grill. They also don't require any fancy ingredients, so no trips to the stinky hippie store are necessary. Guilt-free, non-irritating summer fun! Yeah!

Potato-Bean "Burgers"

Makes four large patties

1 cup canned black beans (white or kidney could also work well)
1 carrot, grated
1/2 onion, diced
3 potatoes, grated
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup corn
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying

Mash the beans with a fork or a potato masher. Add the remaining ingredients, except the oil and mix until well combined.

If frying, heat the oil on medium-high in a large frying pan.  Cook patties 7-10 minutes on each side or until golden.  If grilling, coat hands with oil, then pat both sides of all patties.  Grill over high heat 7-10 minutes on each side or until golden, being careful not to let the patties break when flipping.