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Recipe: Black Bean Burgers With Melted Pepper Jack Cheese

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Today's recipe is for homemade black bean burgers served on whole wheat rolls with melted pepper jack cheese and store-bought tomato salsa, mixed with a little mayonnaise.

SERVES:
6-8 (see hints below)

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal cooked according to directions

1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion (or regular onion...see hints below)
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup fine dried breadcrumbs
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion (optional)
two 15-ounce cans black beans, well drained
1 teaspoon ground cumin

4-6 ounces grated pepper jack cheese

approx 1/3 cup well drained tomato salsa
approx. 1/3 cup mayonnaise

whole wheat rolls as needed (or white)

PROCEDURE:
Cook 1/2 cup of quick cooking oatmeal according to directions.

Add the cooked oatmeal to a large mixing bowl and spread it out to cool down to room temperature.

Add a splash of vegetable oil to a large, heavy bottomed nonstick pan, and add 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion and 1 large minced clove of garlic. Cook that along to soften and turn the heat off.

At that point, add 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs, add the cooled cooked onion, add 2-3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion, add two well-drained 15-ounce cans of black beans, add 1 tsp ground cumin and use a potato masher to mash everything together.

Use a 1/2 cup measure to help shape that into patties. You should end up with six burgers. Then, add a good splash of vegetable oil to the same heavy bottomed nonstick pan on medium high heat and brown the burgers up on both sides, and cook them until they're hot all the way through.

Grate the cheese, and also use a small mixing bowl to combine the well-drained tomato salsa with a little mayonnaise.

Then, top each browned, hot burger with a little grated jack cheese, and place the pan underneath the broiler to melt the cheese.

HINTS:
This recipe makes six large burgers, but you can make eight smaller burgers instead.

Feel free to add a handful of chopped fresh cilantro to the burger mix.

Cook a finely diced deseeded jalapeño pepper with the onion and garlic if you like your burgers spicy.

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