Burgers not always have to go inside a bun. Especially these amazing Black bean and farro burgers.
I like them so much that I can pair them with many sides: Potato puree, rice, salad, and of course pasta. And that’s what I’ve made today: A big plate of avocado – kale pasta with these delicious Black beans and farro burgers, which are very simple to make, and can be made as part of a meal prep since from these recipe you will have 8 burgers, you can freeze them for up a month.
Black Beans and Farro Burger
2 Cup cooked black beans
1 Cup cooked Farro
1/2 Onion, diced
1/2 Red bell pepper in cubes
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/3 Cup shredded carrot
1/3 Cup Mushrooms (5 units) in cubes
2 Tbsp Flax meal
1/4 Tsp Black pepper
1 Tsp Smoked paprika
1/2 Tsp oregano
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tsp salt or to taste
- In a food processor add half of the cooked beans and farro with the spices: Black pepper, Smoked paprika, Oregano and soy sauce. Blend them until they looks as coarse mix. Reserve for later.
- In a skillet at medium high heat, add the olive oil and stir fry the onion, garlic and carrot for about 3 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and bell peppers, mix and let it cook during 2 minutes.
- Add the rest of cooked farro and beans and keep stir frying until the onions gets golden. This could take about 5 minutes, all the liquids from vegetables should gone at this point. Remove from the heat.
- In a mixing bowl add the stir fry, the puree, flax meal and salt, and give it a good mix.
- Using a 1/3 of cup measuring spoon form patties of a inch of thickness each. You can pan fry them as usual, or use an air fryer, giving them a fine coat of vegetable oil with a brush (only its need 1 Tsp of oil) in both sides and bring them to a preheated air fryer at 370 f for about 8 minutes.
These burger are delicious, the farro’s texture is perfect for a burger, since it has a similar bite as barley, also the smoked paprika gives it a nice deep aroma and taste.
I do prefer using the air fryer to cook them, since gives it a crusty finish outside, but still moist inside, not completely dry as it can happen if you bake them. And it is definitely less fat compared to pan fry them.
I can’t close this post saying that if you don’t have an air fryer, but have a convection oven or toaster oven with the option “turbo”, you still can use it almost as an air fryer, because that “turbo” is just a fan that makes the hot air circulate inside the oven. It can take longer than the air fryer, so you only will have to extend the cooking time.
So I hope that you’ll give them a try!