Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cheesy Black Bean Sliders

One 15 1/2-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean or higher)
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup preshredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
mini hamburger buns

1.Preheat the grill or frying pan to high then lower to medium heat.
2.Place the black beans in a large bowl and mash with the back of a large spoon until smooth but still a bit chunky. Add the beef, egg, cheese, bread crumbs, and garlic powder and mix until well combined.
3.Divide the beef mixture and shape into patties. Place the patties on the grill (or stove top frying pan) and cook until no longer pink inside and an instant-read thermometer registers at least 160°F, about 4 minutes per side.
4.Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite toppings and condiments.

Recipe from the Meal Makeover Moms

Bag 1 - flash frozen meat patties.  Muffin tins work great for this! Press the raw meat mixture into the tin, so it fills about 1/2 to 2/3 of each cup then freeze for several hours. Dip the bottom of the tin in hot water to loosen the patties, then store them in a ziplock bag.
Bag 2 - buns
Thaw patties and buns and cook as directed above, you could probably cook these without thawing, just increase cooking time. I used panko bread crumbs and regular cheese. The best place to buy the mini buns is at Business Costco.

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