Black Bean Burgers:
1 1/2 ( 16 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped white onion
1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
4 gourmet wheat hamburger buns
low fat ranch dressing
shredded iceberg lettuce
Mix one egg in a bowl. Use half of the mixture in the next step. Combine black beans, onion, bell pepper, cayenne, egg, bread crumbs and cilantro or parsley in food processor and blend. If the mixture is not dry enough to shape, add more bread crumbs. Form and shape into four patties. For best results make 24 hours ahead and refrigerate so patties will set well.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the patties 2 minutes each side. Arrange sandwich with patty, low fat ranch dressing, red onion, pickles and one slice of tomato for each sandwich.
Making Bread Crumbs Tip: Cut fresh bread into cubes. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes. Process the cubes in a blender or food processor until finely ground.