Friday, October 11, 2013

A little bit of Harvest in the Burger....Rutabaga Bean Burger

I had so many left over beans from my chili pie and knew I had to do something with them before the fridge started getting stinky.  So, I thought....hmmmm....what did we pick yesterday that would be a great accompaniment to these beans.  Bingo!  Rutabaga.  Rutabaga Bean Burger??  Sounds like it could be interesting and quite delicious!

Rutabaga Bean Burger

I opted to leave the bun off this dish because between the rutabaga and the mixed beans, this burger was going to be quite filling on its own.  And just to mix things up a bit, I decided to do a play on a chopped salad, using the typical burger fixings.  So I suppose in a way, it was a "salad burger".

For the Rutabaga Bean Burger:
Ingredients: (yields 4-6 burgers)
1/2 rutabaga cut into cubes
1 c beans of your choice (I used white beans and black beans)
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp ketchup
3 tsp hot sauce
2 tsp liquid smoke
1/4-1/2 c panko bread crumbs
garlic powder
onion powder

Preheat oven 400.  In baking dish, lightly coat rutabaga with evoo and salt and pepper and back for 30-40 minutes.  Once done, transfer rutabaga to food processor, along with black beans.  Pulse a few times so that your mixture is half blended (you do not want it to become a puree!).  Once done, transfer to bowl and add in the remaining ingredients.  Start off with just adding in 1/4 bread crumbs.  Mix with spoon or fork.  Add in additional panko crumbs to achieve your desired consistency.  Form into patties.
In a saute pan, heat evoo on low-medium.  Cook each pattie for about 3-5 minutes per side.  When done, dress with your favorite toppings and sauce and serve.

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