These patties achieve a thin, crisp crust under the broiler. Canned beans are the go-to for a quick rendition, but of course home-cooked beans would be even kinder to the budget.
Serve two patties with a crunchy salad, or put one in a pita or on a toasted whole-wheat bun.
Adapted from “The Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook,” by JuJu Harris (The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, 2014).
Spicy black bean patties
1 medium onion
8 cloves garlic
1 large (9 or 10 ounces) sweet potato
28 ounces canned no-salt-added black beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs (may substitute panko)
Freshly ground black pepper
Cut the onion in half, then into very thin slices. Mince the garlic or run it through a garlic press. Peel the sweet potato, then use the large-holed side of a box grater to grate it; the yield should be 2 cups.
Drain and rinse the black beans, then place them in a mixing bowl.
Position the top oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler element; preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then grease it lightly with cooking oil spray.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and stir to coat; cook for about 1 minute, then stir in the garlic, hot sauce and cumin. Cook, stirring for about 30 seconds, then remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of black beans. Use a potato masher or the back of a fork to mash most of the beans and blend in the onion mixture.
Lightly beat the eggs, then add them to the bowl, along with the sweet potato and bread crumbs. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Use clean hands to divide the mixture into 8 equal balls, then flatten the balls into patties, arranging them on the baking sheet spaced about 1/2 inch apart as you work. Broil for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisped and golden brown; use a thin metal spatula to turn them over, then broil for 2 to 3 minutes on the second side.
Makes 4 to 8 servings (makes 8 patties)
Nutrition Per patty: 180 calories, 9 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 6 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugar