Burgers the healthy way

When you have the crave, there is nothing you can do with the object of your appetite’s desire… except ‘healthify’.  When a few days ago, I was craving some bacon cheeseburger sliders, I decided to make these bean burgers instead. You might say eww, but with Panko breadcrumbs and garlic these sliders are crispy on the outside and super flavorful and tender on the inside. These two-bean burgers can be made using any combination of your favorite beans. I opted for kidney and black beans. The sauce that I used is Greek inspired and works great with these sliders but also with any grilled meat or meat skewers.

Ingredients: 16 oz black beans drained and rinsed, 16 oz kidney beans drained and rinsed, 1 small red onion diced, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt or sour cream, 1 cup Panko crumbs, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil plus additional amount for frying

Sauce: 1 cup Greek yogurt, 6 small pickles diced, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 bunch fresh chopped cilantro (I ran out of cilantro this time)

Begin by heating 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in pan on medium heat. Add the onions and saute until soft and golden for about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

To a bowl, add both kinds of beans

Add the onion, garlic, and the spices and mash together

Add sour cream or yogurt and breadcrumbs and mix together

Form into small patties. Heat olive oil in a large pan and fry the patties for 4-6 minutes on each side or until both sides brown.

While the patties are frying, make the sauce by mixing the greek yogurt, garlic, pickles and a sprinkle of salt.

Serve the patties hot with sauce on top or on the side

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