This Weekend Try...Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Yum!  These are amazing.  So fire up the grill or the oven and try a healthy twist on the classic, backyard favorite!

Spicy Black Bean Burger

Spicy Chipotle Mayo
3 1/2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce

Black Bean Burger
1 (16 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of scallions, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats
1 large egg
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper hot sauce
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
Cooking Spray or Oil Mister
4 whole wheat buns
1 medium avocado, thinly sliced

For the spicy chipotle may: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and chipotle.  Set aside.

For the black bean burgers: Dry the beans well after rinsing any extra moisture will keep the burgers from holding together well.  Put the beans in a medium bowl and mash them with a fork or potato masher until think and pasty.  

In a food processor, combine the bell pepper, scallions, cilantro and garlic and pulse until finely chopped.  Add the oats, egg, hot sauce, cumin and salt and pulse a few times, until mixed well.  Fold the mixture into the mashed beans.  Form the mixture into 4 patties (using slightly cold or wet hands prevents sticking) and put them onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Free for at least 2 hours before cooking.

To cook, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Lightly spray the skillet with oil and cook the frozen burgers until browned.  About 7 minutes per side.  Alternately, preheat a frill to medium, lightly spray a sheet of foil with oil, put the burgers on the foil and grill until browned.  7-8 minutes per side. 

To serve, place the burgers on the buns, and top with spicy chipotle mayo, avocado slices and tomato.