Triple Bean Burger
For best texture, use a meat grinder to grind the Carmelina Brands® Italian Lentils, Cannellini and Borlotti Beans together. If a meat grinder is not available, pulse beans in a food processor, or smash by hand using a potato masher. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs with 1 tablespoon of oil, salt, cumin and cayenne pepper. Mix in bread crumbs, Parmesan, shallots, bell peppers, cilantro and mashed bean mixture until just combined. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, and with slightly oiled hands lightly pack into 1-inch thick round patties. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Carefully lay 4 patties into the skillet and cook until well browned on each side; about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer burgers to a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and burger patties. Place cooked Triple Bean Burgers on buns, and serve with your favorite toppings: sliced avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, etc. Don’t forget the ketchup and mustard! Mangia bene!
Tips: Uncooked burger patties can be easily frozen and saved for later. Consider making your own “secret sauce” burger spread. We mixed up ½ cup of ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto sauce for an awesome Mediterranean twist to accompany these bean burgers.
* Recipe created by Chef Giacomo Pagano on behalf of Mangia, Inc. ™