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Black Bean Burger with Caramelized BBQ Onions

Don't think of these black bean burgers as a substitute for a burger of the bovine variety. This sandwich, served up on a toasted bun and with plenty of your favorite flavor of Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce, holds its own without the comparison. We love the satisfying crust that forms on the pan-fried patties and the rich, smoky flavor of the BBQ caramelized onions.


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Ingredients

For the burgers:
2 14 oz. seasoned black beans, drained, not rinsed
1 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
1 small onion, grated
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1-2 Tbsp. butter
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 burger buns, toasted
1 tsp. Head Country Championship Seasoning in Sweet & Spicy (Original and High Plains Heat work great, too)
Your favorite flavor of Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce, for drizzling
Lettuce and sliced tomatoes, for topping

For the BBQ caramelized onions:
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 medium onion, sliced thin
1/4 C. your favorite flavor of Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce

Cooking Instructions

For the BBQ caramelized onion:
Heat oil in a skillet. Add thin-sliced onions. Sauté until onions look slightly caramelized and somewhat translucent. Add the Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce, toss with onions and allow to slightly bubble. Turn off heat and set aside.

For the burgers:
Using a potato masher or fork, mash the beans in a medium bowl until they are mushy but still have some whole bean pieces throughout.

Mix the breadcrumbs, grated onion, Head Country Championship seasoning, and egg into the beans. (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 and a tablespoon or two of butter for flavor.

Divide the bean mixture into 4 equal patties. (Note: Black bean burgers do not shrink when they cook.)

Add the patties to the hot skillet with the melted oil and butter. Cook burgers until browned, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Add a slice of Swiss cheese to the top of each burger. Top the pan with a lid to allow cheese to melt.

To build your burger: Butter buns and toast in a skillet. Add iron-skillet black bean burger (or two, if you wish) to top of bun. Drizzle burger with a little Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce. Top with caramelized BBQ onions, lettuce, tomato slice, and top of bun. Enjoy!

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