Labor Day typically marks the last weekend of summer where we can spend the entire weekend outside eating tons of burgers, fries, hot dogs, beans, pasta salad — all the works. It is our last chance to indulge in these types of food outside, as sadly Labor Day means colder temperatures are right around the corner. This year I decided to combine a few of my favorite Labor Day dishes into one delicious meal. Ladies and gentleman, meet the Labor Day meal of your dreams: a black bean burger with French fry burger buns!
Like I said, burgers, beans, and fries are always staples at my Labor Day get-togethers, so why not throw them all together into one delicious and incredibly exciting meal? Friends and family will be amazed that you created such a thing, and your stomach will surely thank you as well. Made using a BBQ staple, Bush’s Beans, this burger combines two of my favorite items — burgers and beans. For those health conscious individuals at your party, the black bean burger itself is an awesome healthy option. Ditch the buns (more for the rest of us!), and indulge in the burger dipped in some delicious hummus for a tasty meal. This burger can always be made with Smokehouse Beans or Steakhouse Beans for added flavor. Simply swap out the black beans, or do half and half with one of the flavors above!
For the fries:
- 4 medium russet potatoes
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
For the bun:
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
For the burger:
- 1 15 oz. can Bush’s Black Beans, drained
- Heaping 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup corn
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 stick scallion
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
- 4 tbsp. EVOO
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut potatoes into small, thin, long rectangles.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Throw all fry ingredients into a Ziploc bag, and toss until potatoes are fully coated. Pour fries onto parchment paper so that they are next to one another — not on top of each other.
- Bake fries for 45 minutes, flipping after 30 minutes.
- Take three cups of the French fries, and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add in the eggs and flour, and toss to combine. Pour the French fry mixture into a mini springform pan. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the freezer, and place a large skillet over medium heat. Open the springform pan, and drop the mixture gently onto the skillet. Cook for eight to 10 minutes, and then flip and cook for another eight minutes. Make sure all sides are cooked as well by carefully rotating the pan or bun. Set aside.
- Wash and drain beans. Add all burger ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and freeze for one hour. Pour EVOO into a large skillet. Roll the mixture into four burgers, and place in oil. (If it's difficult to make patties, either freeze for longer, or use a clean mini springform pan again for shaping.) Cook over medium heat for five minutes on each side. Remove from oil, and set aside.
- Place a burger patty on top of a bun, and top with another bun. Serve and enjoy!
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