(Makes 5-6 medium sized burgers)
1/2 cup each black beans and Navy beans (if using canned, rinse and drain very well)
2 small crimini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
1/2 large green bell pepper, diced
1/2 large purple or yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons pepperocini rings
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
2 teaspoons Cavenders Greek Seasoning
1 eggs’ worth of Egg Replacer (follow the directions on the package to equal 1 egg)
3/4 to 1 cup panko bread crumbs
Combine all ingredients except egg replacer and bread crumbs in food processor and process till lightly chunky (not smooth, it makes it too mushy)
Place mixture in a cheese cloth and set in strainer over large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is better). Remove mixture from cloth and discard collected moisture from bowl. Place mixture in bowl and add egg replacer and bread crumbs. Mix with hands till all incorporated.
Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil (or use a few sprays of non-stick cooking spray if you prefer) in a large skillet over med-high heat. Form mixture into patties with your hands. Fry for about 5 minutes on each side till a nice crust is formed and patties are well heated all the way through.
Serve on good buns with your choice of condiments.
I topped mine with Pepperjack soy cheese slices and used dijon mustard, red leaf lettuce, tomato and a little salt and pepper.. all on a crostini bun. Very good 🙂