Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Black Bean-Salmon Patties

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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Black Bean-Salmon Patties

Thank goodness for the BSI! Once again, the contest has provided me with an exciting dinner. When SweetiePie at Just Sweet Enough announced black beans as this week’s ingredient, my feelings were mixed. I love black beans, but I also knew it would be a challenge to come up with a unique use for them. I went through my  fridge and cupboards and pulled out a number of random ingredients until an idea formed. Ultimately I decided on a common burger format for the beans … but hopefully the exciting combo of ingredients makes up for my decision to go patty-style!

Ingredients (for 15 very freezable patties)

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– 1 cup black beans, cooked or canned

– 1 cup canned wild Alaskan salmon

– 2 apples, shredded

– 1/2 medium onion, sauteed in canola until lightly browned

– 1.5 ounces of tangy cheese (like blue cheese or extra sharp cheddar), grated

– 2 ounces fat free feta

– 3 hard-boiled egg yolks (optional — I just happened to have these leftover from something my roommate made)

– 1/2 baked sweet potato, mashed

– 1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted and crushed into crumbs

– 1/3 cup dry old-fashioned oats

– 3 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

– flavor: 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp green chile sauce, 1 minced chipotle chile in 2 tbsp adobo sauce, cinnamon, cayenne, sea salt

– 1 whole egg

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Put everything into a large bowl, except for the flavorings and the raw egg.

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2. Mix.

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3. Add flavoring to taste. I didn’t give exact amounts for some of the flavors because spiciness is such a personal decision! I probably used at least 1 tsp of cayenne, 1 tbsp of cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp sea salt.

4. Once you’re satisfied with the flavor, mix in the raw egg.

5. Use your hands to form the batter, 1/3 cup at a time, into patties. The batter is very wet — don’t worry.

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6. Arrange patties on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

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7. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.

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8. Gently peel patties off parchment paper. Store in freezer or fridge, depending on when you plan to use the patties. Use toaster (my preference) or oven to reheat.

These burgers turned out surprisingly well. Something about the black beans combined with the tangy sweetness of the apple/cheese/balsamic and the heat of the chipotle and cayenne … I wanted to have like 3 more after I tried one! I probably could have, too, with these nutrition stats. Per patty: 90 calories, 3.7 grams fat, 9 grams carbs (2 grams fiber + <1 gram sugar), and 6 grams protein.

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