This recipe is for all of you vegetarians who are left with the salad during barbecues when only meat is on the grill. We love this recipe for black bean burgers because it gives an alternative to the classic veggie burger. With black beans, onions, and a bevy of herbs, you can’t get much healthier than this.

2 slices whole wheat bread, or use gluten free
1 can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 egg
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste (optional)
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, or use gluten free
lettuce and sliced tomato for serving

1. Place bread slices in a food processor and pulse until the consistency of breadcrumbs.  (You could also use store bought if you prefer.) Set aside.

2. Place beans into a medium sized bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher.  Add breadcrumbs, egg, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt/pepper, and hot sauce if using.  Mix all ingredients together.  Using your hands, form 4 equal patties.  Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Place patties into skillet and cook about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until each side is slightly crispy and the patty is heated through.

4. Serve immediately on buns with lettuce and tomato.

Susan Schuman is a working mom with two small kids and a hungry husband. She writes Our Family Eats to share ideas for fun, wholesome meals that anyone can fit into their hectic schedule. You can connect with Susan on Twitter @ourfamilyeats.

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