Try This at Home: How to Make Veggie Burgers

Ree Drummond makes a black bean burger that even a cowboy could love. 

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

Photo By: David Malosh

03_FNM_PW_050715_0605.tif

Ree's veggie burgers call for canned black beans, but you can make them with dried beans too. Find Ree's recipe for black beans here

01_FNM_PW_050715_133.tif

"Before I met my husband, I was a vegetarian. I don't make many meatless dishes on our cattle ranch, but I still love this one," says Ree. 

02_FNM_PW_050715_168.tif

Mash the beans: Using a fork, mash the beans in a medium bowl until they are mushy but still have some whole-bean pieces throughout.

03_FNM_PW_050715_0278.tif

Make the burger mixture: Mix breadcrumbs, grated onion, chili powder, egg, and some salt and pepper into the beans.

03_FNM_PW_050715_0323.tif

Add a splash of water if the mixture looks dry. Set aside for 5 minutes. Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of canola oil.

03_FNM_PW_050715_0342.tif

Form the patties: Divide the bean mixture into 4 equal balls and form into 4 nice, neat patties. 

03_FNM_PW_050715_0372.tif

Black bean burgers don't shrink when they cook, so whatever size you make them when they go into the skillet will be the size they are when they come out.

03_FNM_PW_050715_0448.tif

Cook the burgers until browned, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. 

03_FNM_PW_050715_0471.tif

Add a slice of Swiss cheese to the top of each burger. 

03_FNM_PW_050715_0494.tif

Invert a second skillet on top of the first skillet and continue cooking, 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

03_FNM_PW_050715_0534.tif

Top the burgers: Combine the mayonnaise and some hot sauce in a small bowl. Serve the burgers on toasted buns with the spicy mayonnaise, lettuce and sliced tomatoes.