With a recent trip to the commissary to get groceries and almost $200 later I realized that we need to cut back on eating as much meat as we do. I don't plan on going vegetarian, the Mr. wouldn't be too thrilled with that, plus I love my hamburgers but I do want to try to incorporate more meatless dinners in our weekly line up. It might just help that small but expensive shopping trip we took, last just a little bit longer. Which is where I came up with this recipe. It isn't a vegetarian burger but it is a nifty way to stretch a pound of ground beef and make your dollar last a little bit longer. This is also a good burger to help you prepare for the world of vegetarianism if you are making the switch but are not willing to say goodbye to your burger. You can slowly over time add more beans while reducing the meat until it is just beans.
I had heard on the television about mixing black beans with ground beef and it sort of stuck with me. These are very deceiving burgers though because they look like a normal burger but they will fill you up before you know it. I really liked the mix of the beans with the meat because it makes the burgers really smooth almost like a buttery texture. To add to that the sweet chipotle mayo that adds a little bit of heat, the juicy sweet pineapple and the crunchy onion rings, I don't know if I will ever look at a burger the same way now. I used dried beans that I cooked myself. I actually make a batch of beans and then store them in the refrigerator for later dinners. I know that I have said this before but dried beans are the way to go. Not only are they cheap but you can control how much sodium is in there and you can flavor your beans to the dishes that you are making.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 pineapple rings
- 16 onion rings
- 1 c. black beans
- 1 c. mayo
- 1/2 c. pineapple
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Mash beans and mix with ground beef until combined. Grill 3 minutes on eat side or to your liking.
- Meanwhile, mix the chipotles, 1/2 c. pineapple and mayo into a food processor and blend until smooth. Also bake your onion rings until crispy.
- Once burgers are done assemble with a pineapple ring, mayo and four onion rings.
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