April 22, 2010

Southwestern style Black bean tofu burgers

This was an experiment that I thought I would try, since I had tofu left over from my previous post. I have this thing about wasting good food and since the self life of tofu is short, I thought I would keep the "tofu" theme going for this week. It's also a healthy alternative to your beef burger counterpart. Now I first have to say that my favorite type of cuisines with regards to flavor are Caribbean, Jamaican, Southwestern, and Asian fusion. So most of my posts will reflect these flavors. But remember as a foodie, I keep a very open mind about trying new things. I decided on a southwestern flavor for these burgers.

15 oz can of black beans drained and rinsed
7 oz tofu drained, dried, and chopped
10 oz diced tomatoes with green chili
1 cup quick cooking oats
3 scallions chopped
1 tbsp ancho chili powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp of fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp red pepper
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp crack black pepper
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp thyme powder
1 tbsp splenda or sugar
sea salt to taste
1 egg

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together. Using a potato masher, mash all the ingredients together until it forms a nice solid mass. The Mass will be very moist, this is fine. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour so that the flavor is absorb and more pronounced.

Preheat oven to 400
Take a cookie sheet lined with parchment (if you have it) and form the mixture into 1/4 inch disks. Bake in the oven for 30-35mins. It will be nice and browned on the outside and moist on the inside. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving, enjoy.

Just before they hit the oven

Just out of the oven, browned and ready for serving



  1. i been contemplating a more vegetarian way of eating (after watching Food Inc.of course) & this looks really good. i may try this....could you use a Cuisinart instead of a potato masher?

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