If variety is the spice of life, is there any better way to find that variety than with new spices?
One of the trendiest spicy flavors around these days is sriracha, a type of hot sauce made from chili peppers that have been commonly used in Thailand since the 1930s. It's taken a while for it to gain popularity in the U.S., but you've probably seen it popping up just about everywhere these days. It was only a matter of time before home cooks started using it too, and what better way than to give your burger a kick?
These protein and fiber-rich Sriracha Black Bean Burgers are full of flavor from green onions, sweet bell peppers, crunchy water chestnuts, and a mix of spices. Top them with some mashed avocado, a fried egg, and an extra drizzle of sriracha, and you have yourself one hot meal!
Sriracha Black Bean Burgers
Developed by Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large egg
2½ tablespoons canola oil, divided
½ cup finely chopped green onions
½ cup finely diced red peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ teaspoons ground cumin, divided
⅓ cup finely diced water chestnuts
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce, or more to taste
½ cup whole wheat panko
- In a food processor, pulse beans, egg and 2 tablespoons canola oil until mixture is a coarsely chopped paste.
- Heat the remaining ½ tablespoon canola oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions 1½ minutes. Add garlic and red peppers; saute another 2 minutes until crisp-tender. Add ½ teaspoon cumin and saute another 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the bean paste, cooked vegetables, water chestnuts, remaining 1 teaspoon cumin, salt, pepper, cilantro, sriracha and panko. Fold together with a spatula until well combined.
- Using ⅓ cup measuring cups, form patties and set aside on a plate (use wax paper between layers so burgers don't stick). If you have the time, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Coat a non-stick griddle with cooking spray. When hot, place burgers on top. Cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove from griddle and set aside on a foil-lined baking sheet to keep warm in oven or warming drawer.
- Serve topped with guacamole and a fried egg.