I belong to a cooking forum that has become a tremendous resource for recipes – and also a close knit group of friends who I could not imagine not having in my “cyber” life. It is amazing how you can obtain this feeling of closeness and caring for people you have never met in you life! One of these cooking friends recently submitted some recipes for veggie burgers. They all look delicious, but the one I chose to make for dinner last evening was AWESOME! I want to thank you Edlear for bringing this recipe to my attention as it is one I intend to make over and over again! I asked Edlear if it was ok to submit her recipe here and she gave me permission to use it, stating that she couldn’t remember where it came from. Well, I’m just glad she had it to share and I now would like to pass the favor on to you with hopes that you can “spice” your life up as enjoyably as I did last evening! I enjoyed mine without a bun and fresh sweet cold cantaloupe on the side!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers
from my friend Edlear

1/2 c flour
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t dry oregano
1 small jalapeno, minced
1 T olive oil
1/2 medium red pepper, diced
2 c cooked black beans
1/2 c corn niblets
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/4 t cumin
1/2 t salt
2 t chili powder
2 T minced parsley

Saute the onion, garlic, oregano and jalapeno in the oil until the onions are translucent. Add the red bell and saute another 2 minutes until tender. Set aside. Mash up the beans abit and stir in the vegetables, including the corn, bread crumbs, cumin, salt, chili powder and parsley. Divide up into 5-6 patties, coat each side in the flour. cook on a lightly greased saute pan until done. Enjoy!