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Now that grilling season is upon us, I’ve discovered that sometimes coming up with recipes for the family can be a bit difficult. Especially since RiRi has been a vegetarian since last Fall and the rest of the family loves our traditional grilling meals. I’ve played around with a few different recipes here and there that she’s been happy with, but I wanted to make her a black bean burger that even the meat eaters in our house can enjoy. Whenever we go out to eat she’ll always order a garden burger or veggie burger, and she tried one that was a black bean burger and really enjoyed it. So I decided I’d make it my mission to come up with my own that we can all love, no more making one meal for her and one for the rest of the family!
Well, I also discovered that you can purchase a Kingsford Original Twinpack at The Home Depot between 6/18-6/21 for only $9.88!! That price is insane! It’s just about half the price of what it normally sells for and it’s just in time for Father’s Day, which is great for our family since we like to hang out at home and entertain in our own backyard. I figured since we’d already gotten the grill for Father’s Day, I’d stock up on some charcoal! Of course he was happy, it doesn’t take much.
I went ahead and made RiRi her black bean burgers, but since they do have a bit of a kick to them I also made some hot dogs for the younger kids. This is a recipe my husband makes often and always receives many compliments. He actually marinates the hot dogs, and they are SO GOOD! So between the black bean burgers and the tasty hot dogs, we’re beginning our Father’s Day weekend early and just the way we like it. Good food and great family!
If you’re in the grilling mood this Father’s Day, you can head on over to your own The Home Depot for your bag of Kingsford Charcoal. Click here for the store nearest you.
Black Bean Burgers Ingredients:
- 1/2 medium yellow onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/4 medium Granny Smith apple
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 baby bella mushrooms
- 1 large egg
- 1 can low sodium black beans – rinsed, drained, patted dry
Chipotle Mayonnaise Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1.5 teaspoon chipotle sauce
Build Your Burger:
- hamburger buns, toasted
- chipotle mayonnaise
- romaine lettuce
- black bean patty
- colby-jack thin sliced cheese
- hot house tomato, cut into thin slices
- red onion, cut into thin slices
- avocado, sliced
- bbq sauce (optional)
Begin by combining the onion, bell pepper, apple and garlic in a food processor until blended. Remove all ingredients from the food processor and squeeze any excess liquid out. This will help the mixture not be so liquid. Place ingredients back in food processor and pulse 1-2 times with the crackers.
Add the beans to the processor last, pulse until they are roughly chopped. You don’t want them too smooth.
Once mixture is combined, divide into four sections and mold them into a patty shape on wax paper. Place on a flat surface on the wax paper and freeze for an hour. Once frozen, if you don’t plan on making them right away you can cut the wax paper with patties and store in freezer bags until ready to use. You can place them on the grill straight from the freezer, and this will help keep their shape.
Toast the buns lightly in a small pan with a bit of butter, that way the inside of the bun doesn’t get soggy and it adds a bit of depth to your burger. Top the bottom bun with chipotle mayo, lettuce, black bean burger patty topped with cheese.
Spread a nice thick layer of chipotle mayo on the inside of the top bun so it drips down nicely once the top is on. You can also add some barbecue sauce or any other condiments you desire. However, I preferred it just like this.
If you’re still reading, I have a special bonus recipe for you! My husbands marinated hot dogs are always a winner, and I’m sharing the recipe here, in honor of him, for Father’s Day!
Marinated Hot Dog Ingredients:
- 1 package of quality hot dogs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon steak sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon St. Louis BBQ Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper.
Place all of the hot dogs in a dish that has a cover. Make 3-4 cuts on one side of the dog about halfway through at a 45 degree angle. Pour each sauce on top of the dogs, then each seasoning. Once seasoned, roll the dogs around with the seasoning, being sure all sides are seasoned and some of the seasonings are worked through into the cuts.
Place on top rack of grill, in indirect heat, and turn after about 3-4 minutes until cooked to your liking. Enjoy!