Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish

This recipe really disappointed me – for some reason, I didn’t like the combination of flavors together. It sounded like it’d be good, and Dino liked it, but it just got an “eh” from me. The texture of the burgers was good, so maybe with another combination of ingredients, it’d be OK.

Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish

Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish
Cooking Light June 2001

⅔ cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon finely chopped dill
⅛ teaspoon salt
Dash of ground red pepper
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
¼ cup minced red onion
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg
Cooking spray
¼ cup light mayonnaise
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
Dill sprigs (optional)

To prepare relish, combine first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill 2 hours.

To prepare burgers, place beans in a large bowl; partially mash with a fork. Stir in breadcrumbs and next 5 ingredients (breadcrumbs through egg). Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Prepare grill.

Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until thoroughly heated. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on the bottom half of each bun; top each with a patty, 1/4 cup relish, and top half of bun. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

MacGourmet Rating: 3 Stars


  • Fete et Fleur

    I’ve gone to food heaven! I was just looking at your old blog and now this new one. Big yummies!! I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work for you, but I might try it. I love beans and this looks like a fun way to try them differently. I wonder what would happen if you substituted the bread crumbs for brown rice or couscous?

    Thanks for your visit!

  • Fete et Fleur

    Hi, I have to explain the “thanks for your visit comment.” I thought you were someone else who had visited my blog and left a comment. The best part about it, is that I found you. ;~)


  • Ashley

    Ha! That’s pretty funny! The best part is that this blog used to be over on LiveJournal, so it totally made sense to me 🙂

    I definitely recommend trying this recipe out with a different topping – someone else I know makes these with a chipotle mayo instead and says that they’re good. It’s totally worth a try!

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