Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Corn Topped with Mango Pineapple Salsa

Ever since I opened a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce last week to put in soup I made, I have been obsessed with trying to find ways to use them up, because they are so delicious with their smokey heat!   And...since this week's BSI is salsa....when I found a recipe for Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Corn, I knew they would go perfect with the Mango Pineapple Salsa I had in the fridge and I would have something to submit for BSI this week!  I was right, the sweet mango salsa complimented the slightly spicy and smokey burger perfectly.  The recipe for the burgers comes from America's Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2010.  I have made several recipes out of this book since I purchased it, and have been happy with everything I made, this recipe being no exception.

This is an inexpensive, easy and tasty meatless dish, and in my opinion, way better than the processed frozen black bean burgers you can find in the stores.  My boys loved a total meat and potatoes Midwest kind of guy...he wasn't so impressed...but like the boys, I really enjoyed this for dinner.  You can serve them like regular burgers on a bun with fixin's but I served them by themselves, topped with salsa and a side of simply roasted sweet potato rounds seasoned with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  YUM! 

Formed and ready to for the pan

Simply Roasted Sweet Potatoes.....spritz of olive oil spray, salt, pepper, cinnamon and a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes!

If you like spice....increase the amount of chipotle peppers you use or add some cayenne into the mix as well.  I found the recipe to be on the mild side as written.  I also did not "fry" the patties in olive oil as the recipe called for, eliminating 2 TBS of oil from the original recipe, and reducing the fat and calories.   I simply sprayed a nonstick skillet with my misto and pan sauteed the burgers that way.    If you are running out of meatless dishes to serve for lent, give these burgers a try.

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Corn 
 adapted from America's Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2010

Printable Recipe

Servings - 6   Serving Size - 1 burger   Points Plus per Svg - 5 points+
( Nutritional information for burgers only )  Calories - 226   Total Fat - 5g,   Carb. - 34g,   Protein - 12.5g,   Fiber - 9.8g

2 slices of high-quality white bread, torn into pieces ( I used Pepperidge Farm )
2 large eggs
1 TBS. olive oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
2 (15-oz.) cans of black beans, rinsed well and drained
1/4 cup red pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1 TBS. chipoltle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped ( or more if you like )
3/4 cup frozen corn, defrosted
Olive oil spray ( such as from a misto )
Mango salsa, for garnish

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place torn bread into a food processor and pulse into crumbs.  Spread crumbs on baking sheet and bake until golden brown and dry, about 10 - 12 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

2.  In small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk the eggs, 1 TBS. olive oil, cumin, and salt together.  Set aside.

3.  Place 2 1/2 cups of the rinsed and drained beans in a large bowl, and mash with a potato masher until mostly smooth.  Stir in the reserved bread crumbs, reserved egg mixture, remaining half cup of whole beans, red pepper, cilantro, onion, corn and chipotle pepper until just combined.  Divide into 6 equal portions ( a little over a half cup each ) and gently form into 1 inch thick patties.

4.  Heat a large nonstick skillet which has been sprayed with cooking spray over a med- high heat.  Saute half the patties for 8 - 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.  Remove to plate and repeat with remaining patties.    Garnish with salsa, if desired,  and enjoy immediately. 

The salsa I used.

I found the salsa, much to my surprise to have no kick to it.  It had no jalapenos nor cayenne or any peppers in it at all.  I had to remedy that by chopping up some jalapenos and adding them.  I do like spicy dishes...not over the top spicy, but enough heat that you can taste it and you feel a bit of afterburn.  When I make these burgers again, I will be adding more spice!  How about you?  Are you a fan of spice, or do you gravitate to more mild foods? 

This post has been linked to BSI - Salsa hosted by Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor,
Foodie Friday@ Little Brick Ranch and


  1. YUM! I love new vegetarian ideas that aren't processed from the frozen aisle. I'm not a fan of the bocca burgers (they taste like cardboard).

    Great job as usual :) Happy April Fool's Day!

  2. These look wonderful! I have that same cookbook and I've never noticed these in there before. If they're anything as good as the rest of the recipes that I've made from there (and it sure sounds like they is) I bet they taste wonderful.

  3. WHAT a submission! The burgers alone sound fantastic and the salsa on top- so colorful & yummy. Love! I used chipotle peppers in adobo in a few meals this week- love, such a unique flavor. I do like a little bit of kick in almost every savory meal I eat :) Josh likes a LOT of kick!

  4. Yow! You had me at pineapple. These are some serious eats you have here girl! thanks for playing BSI :-)

  5. Oh YUM! I have that magazine/book. I really should pull it out and revisit! Have a fantastic weekend Renee!!!

  6. Great BSI entry! I love chipotle peppers in adobo - I keep a can in the fridge, because sometimes just a tsp. of the sauce wakes up a dish (and it's great with scrambled eggs!)

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower and am so excited to look through your yummy recipes! I am always trying to cook healthier, as well, and what I've seen on here so far looks delicious (can't wait to try those sweet potatoes!).

    I hope you'll continue to visit and perhaps become a follower, as well! :)

  8. Those "burgers" look amazing! You eat VERY well at your house ... :)

  9. Hey! Thanks for stopping by Simply Healthy Family! Your absolutely right we do have similar food philosophies. I love these chipotle burgers. I made a different version not to long ago that were my absolute fav! If you liked these I sure hope you try mine.
    So excited to have found your blog and try some new delicious recipes!
    Happy Weekend!

  10. Oh my this looks and sounds so YUMMY! I am going to book mark this and try it sometime in the near future :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comment! I am now your newest follower and I hope you will follow me too!

  11. Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to look into adding cottage cheese to my batter and seeing how it works out :D i'm hoping a fluffier texture!!

  12. Yum! These look wonderful! I love a good vegetarian burger. Thanks for sharing.

  13. What a great use for those chipotles. I love the idea of all of the flavors and textures you combined in this great meal.


Please share your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you!

Related Posts with Thumbnails