I had been planning to do another “week of” for a while, but really had trouble getting myself together. I knew I wanted to do burgers and have been planning my last few weeks to incorporate some of the recipe ideas I had. I hope you will find that most of them are not only delicious but also, healthier than a normal burger.
This one was the perfect way to start the week. A celebration of burgers, and the Bruins.
Black Bean and Corn Sliders
Serves: 4 (3 sliders each)
3 cups canned black beans (24 ounces)
2 cups corn kernels (either fresh, or frozen)
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup Worcestershire sauce + 2 tablespoons (for a truly vegetarian dish, use an organic Worcestershire sauce)
½ cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup ketchup
12 brioche rolls
Drain the black beans from the can. Wash thoroughly. Toss with corn kernels, red onion, ½ cup of Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, and cilantro. Form into 12 small patties. Refrigerate or freeze them for about 20-30 minutes, until hardened (otherwise, they will fall apart on you when you grill them).
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Cook the patties 3-5 minutes on each side, until they are browned and heated through. Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Cut the rolls and apply the ketchup to both sides of the cut bun. Place a black bean-corn burger in between and serve immediately. Garnish the plate with extra cilantro, if desired.
Since I don’t have an outdoor grill here, you can make these in a skillet; I make them in my indoor grill. They come out great either way.
In an aside, I won a $500 Whole Foods gift card for this recipe back in February. We used frozen corn then, versus the fresh corn I can get now. But, the results were still spectacular. Whether you’re a Bruins fan or just want to try something new, these are the perfect, easy, appetizer.
Or, make them into bigger patties and serve them for dinner!
Until the next time my oven is on…