These are really yummy and come together quickly.
1 can black beans, rinsed
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 generous teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs *
1 large zucchini, shredded
up to 1/2 cup cooked rice, optional and only if needed
* The breadcrumbs in this recipe serve to keep and hold everything together. I fine that traditional, finely-ground breadcrumbs work best (I just ground up some dried-up bread that I had made a while ago, but there are probably vegan breadcrumbs at the store). Panko breadcrumbs can work, but because they’re so much bigger and coarser than other breadcrumbs, you will probably need more than 1/2 cup.
Method: Puree or smush up the black beans. I use either the immersion blender or a potato masher. Add the garlic in and smush it up too. Add the cumin, salt, thyme, and oil; stir in the breadcrumbs and stir to combine. Add the shredded zucchini and mix thoroughly. If the mixture looks and feels wet at this point, add either more breadcrumbs or rice. This will really depend on your zucchini – dry zucchini will not require any additional breadcrumbs or rice, but a really watery zucchini will require some more. Also, if you use finely ground breadcrumbs, you are less likely to need additional breadcrumbs or rice, because the fine breadcrumbs absorb the extra liquid well. Anyways, just use your judgement – if it looks wet, add something more.
Heat up a cast iron skillet; put a little olive oil in it and let it heat up for a few minutes while you form the burgers.
Form into patties, however large you like; flatten between your palms to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. If the dough is too wet or sticky to allow you to form it into patties, add more breadcrumbs or some cooked rice.
Cook on a preheated cast iron skillet that has a small amount of olive oil on it. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until browned.
This is really tasty and easy and quick, and uses ingredients that most people have lying around already. Also, both kids like it, which is a plus.