Monster Burger

While I no longer miss eating pricey slabs of steak, I still get cravings for fast food burgers… of the gooiest, grossest variety. Here I attempted to make my own version of the Hot Mess burger. I failed at making it messy but like to think I succeeded in making a small mountain of spicy goodness.

A black bean patty topped with onion rings, Daiya pepper jack, and a few extra jalapenos.

Black Bean Burgers (about 4 large patties):
1/4 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon warm water
1 chia egg (1 tbsp ground chia + 3 tbsp warm water, mixed well)
1 teaspoon chili pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
dash of salt, dash of pepper

• Heat oven to 350
• Sautee the onions till soft, about 3-5 minutes.
• Mash black beans in a bowl; add onion and garlic
• Whisk cornstarch, water, Sriracha, chili powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper together in a separate small bowl.
• Stir cornstarch mixture into black bean mixture, add chia egg
• Mix bread crumbs into bean mixture.
• Spoon ‘burger-sized’ mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet (I made 4). Shape into burgers.
• Bake in the preheated oven until cooked in the center and crisp in the outside, about 10 minutes on each side.

Onion Rings:
1/2 onion, sliced into rings
1/3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 nutritional yeast
dash of salt, dash of pepper

Heat oven to 450, line with parchment paper
• In one bowl, mix flour and cornstarch. Add half the milk and stir with a fork to dissolve. Add the rest of the milk and apple cider vinegar, stir, set aside.
• In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, yeast, salt, and pepper
• Dip rings in the flour mix, then the breadcrumb mix
• Transfer rings to the baking sheet
• Bake for 10 minutes

Next time I’m going to try skipping the Daiya and making a pepper jack sauce… Gooey is good.

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