“Double Trouble” Vegan Black Bean Cheesburgers With Silken Tofu

Sometimes you just need a double burger, loaded with toppings, you know? Well, ask and you shall receive. Make them, eat them, double up on them and thank me later. Yes, these were good enough to please even the adult carnivore’s in my home! Pretty inexpensive to make and really not hard to make.

Ingredients

  • 1-15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package Silken Tofu, firm
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup kale or any greens, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs. gluten-free Tamari
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Xanthan gum or Guar gum
  • ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • Up to ½ cup chickpea flour, if needed
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Daiya Mozzarella shreds
  • 4 gluten-free buns
  • Lettuce, tomatoes and other toppings

Preparation

Mash the beans in a bowl or in a food processor and put them in a bowl. Drain the silken tofu and mash it in the bowl with the beans. In a food processor, combine the onion and greens and process until smooth and well-combined. Add to the beans and tofu.

Mix in the tomato paste, Tamari, and seasoning. Add the Xanthan gum and the bread crumbs. Mix everything well and see if the mixture feels like it will hold in patties.

Add flour, a few spoons at a time, until the mixture feels smooth, not too sticky and you think the patties will hold up. Divide the mixture into 6 equal parts and shape them into burger patties. Let them rest on a plate while you heat up the oil.

In a skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Place 3 of the patties (depending on the size of your pan) in the pan and don’t move it until it forms a good crust on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Gently flip the patties and cook the second side until browned, another 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cook the remaining patties.

To melt the cheese, put the burgers in the pan over medium heat. Top each burger with mozzarella shreds. Add 2 Tbs. water to the pan and cover the pan. The cheese will melt from the steam. Serve the burgers on buns with lettuce, tomatoes and your favorite toppings.

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