Black Bean Veggie Cheeseburgers
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Sliced cheese of your choice
If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Stir into mashed beans.
In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce. Stir egg mixture into mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
If grilling, place patties on foil and grill about 8 minutes on each side. Top with slices of cheese in last couple of minutes. If baking, place patties on baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes on each side. Top with cheese in last couple of minutes.
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