Burger #1, Black Bean with pineapple salad. I must admit, sometimes I’m just not in the mood for eat. And I am always up for a veggie-only night, but these burgers were a far cry from a girly California veggie burger – yes we are in Cali but they can fill up a manly appetite – take my hubby’s word for it. My uber-fav part was the pineapple salad to accompany – YUM, the perfect side.
Black bean Burgers with Pineapple Salad
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/3 cup panko flakes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 whole grain buns
1/2 pound jicama, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 (7-to 8-ounce) avocado, cut into cubes
1 small red onion, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Mix first 8 ingredients together. Form mixture into 4 patties. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Cook burgers until outsides are crisp and lightly browned, turning once, about 5 minutes total. Serve on buns. (my hubby liked his with some melted cheddar and sour cream). For the salad toss together the last 6 ingredients with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. If jicama isn’t easily found you could also use radishes.
Burger #2, Email from Rica:
Last night we [Rica & Don] decided to make burgers & fries for dinner. I thought this would be just the usual burger…but it wasn’t…it was better than usual. Now, this is either because of my extreme hunger or Don’s talent! Here’s the recipe:
Don’s Big Kahuna Burger
Combine all of the ingredients, including the shredded cheese, in a bowl. Mix with hands until combined. Form 4 patties. Grill the burgers to desired doneness. Serve the burgers on toasted buns and top with your favorite burger toppings!