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Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers

Do you have a healthy recipe that literally the whole family enjoys? They come far and few between in my house, at least the healthy part does, but these Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers are a real hit. I made them yesterday and let me tell you, they were completely devoured. Even with a little kick to them, my toddler still enjoyed one.

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase, at no additional cost to you. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own.~

This recipe all started as I’ve been trying to cook some healthier meals at home. I’ve had frozen veggie burgers from the store before, some good and some not so good, but I’ve always wanted to try to make them myself. With this recipe, there’s no doubt we will never buy another frozen veggie burger again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp steak sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs

These ingredients yield 6 burgers, so if you want more than that, double up on the ingredients.

Directions:

Any good black bean burger starts with black beans. So the first thing to do is rinse and drain the can of black beans. Then place them in a bowl and mash away. You can use a fork, a potato masher, or if you don’t want to take the time to do it by hand, a food processor works just as well.

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I find that when mashing by hand with a fork, there are going to be some whole beans left in the mixture. If that’s not something you want, the food processor is the way to go.

Next is to chop/mince the green bell pepper, onion, and garlic. I use a food processor to do this so that it minces well enough to not leave large chunks of the veggies (but all the flavor) in the burger. Then mix that into the beans.

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

Now add all the remaining ingredients to the mixture – egg, steak sauce, hot sauce, cumin, chili powder, bread crumbs – and combine it all really well.

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

Now’s the fun part! Get your hands dirty and form the burger patties. This mixture makes about 6 nice sized patties and unlike ground beef burgers, black bean burgers will retain their shape and size. So when forming the patties, don’t make them too big because they won’t shrink. Make them just big enough to fit a bun.

You can actually bake the burgers (375 degrees, 10 minutes each side) and they’ll turn out amazing, but you can grill them too. If you go the grilling route, I suggest using some type of grill-top pan or stove-top grill pan of some sort. If you put these patties on a traditional grill top, you’ll have a hard time getting them off and will lose a lot of the burger to the grill.

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers | #blackbeanburgers #veggieburger #CaveTools

To grill mine, I went with the BBQ Grill Pan from Cave Tools. It’s a stainless steel grill topper that allows you to cook anything without losing it to the grill – veggies, fragile burgers like these Southwest Black Bean Burgers, steaks, chicken, fish, and even breakfast. Have you ever grilled your breakfast? Yea, me neither.

If you don’t have anything that will work for grilling, I would definitely recommend the BBQ Grill Pan. It’s easy to use since it just sits on top of your existing grill and it’s not overly large either, at 15″ x 13″. We have a smaller grill and it fit perfectly! Cleanup was easy too. The BBQ Grill Pan can be purchased directly from Cave Tools for $17.99, plus 15% off with promo code GRILLPAN15 OR from Amazon for $21.99 with free Prime shipping.

Once the grill situation is squared away, grill each side of the burger for about 7-8 minutes and they’re ready to go. Add your favorite toppings and you’ll never look back! Our burgers yesterday were topped with sauteed Brussels sprouts, salsa, and a dollop of sour cream. Oh man, I wish we had some left over because I could really go for one right now.

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Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers
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Serves: 6
 
These Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burgers are so good, you'll never buy a frozen veggie burger again, and may never eat a ground beef burger again!
Ingredients
  • 1 can of black beans
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp steak sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Rinse and drain the black beans. Pour them into a bowl and use a fork to mash the beans into a pasty consistency. Set aside.
  3. Using a food processor, mince the green bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Add the mixture to the bowl of beans and combine.
  4. Add the egg, steak sauce, hot sauce, cumin, chili powder, and bread crumbs to the mixture and combine well.
  5. Form 6 burger patties and place them on the grill. Grill each side for 7-8 minutes.
  6. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Notes
Unlike ground beef burgers, these black bean burgers will retain their shape and size when cooked. | These can also be baked at 375 degrees, 10 minutes on each side. | When grilling, I suggest using a grill topper or stove-top grill of some sort. If using a traditional grill top, you will lose most of the burger to the grill.

What will you top your Grilled Southwest Black Bean Burger with?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase at no additional cost to you. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home

I love a good burger every now and again, but when I make them at home they usually end up too small for the bun; even when I try to make the patties larger, knowing they’ll shrink when cooked. Not anymore! With my new Burger Press, I can get perfect burgers at home every single time.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for you purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

So let’s talk about this Burger Press. It has to be one of the greatest additions to my arsenal of kitchen tools. Made by Cave Tools, the Burger Press yields six perfect, 1/3 pound, square burgers. Simply prepare your burger mix, spread it into the burger press, put the top/lid in place, and voila! Your burgers are ready for the grill (or pan).

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

The lid has a built in burger dimpler, which is scientifically proven to ensure your hamburgers stay flat and cook evenly. And while this is a great feature, it’s not even my favorite. What I like most about the Burger Press is that I can prepare the burgers well ahead of time, refrigerate or even freeze them in the Burger Press, and cook when I’m ready. If you meal prep, or are planning a party or BBQ, this will definitely come in handy.

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The first time I used my Burger Press, the process was easy and straight forward to follow. Our burgers came out great, with the exception of next time I’ll use more beef. I used about a pound and a half of beef because you’re not supposed to overfill it, but my burgers came out with a few bare spots. That’s an easy fix though and next time I’ll just use more beef for bigger, juicier burgers!

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Other than that, they kept their shape (which is great for using a whole piece of cheese), and prep and cleanup was a breeze. The Burger Press is dishwasher safe, so of course that’s right where it went after dinner.

Ready to make your own perfect burgers? You can purchase one directly from Cave Tools for $19.99 and when you use promo code BURGER15, you’ll get 15% off. Or if you’re an Amazon junkie like me, you can get one for just $9.99 (plus Prime shipping).

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasNot only would this Burger Press make the perfect addition to your own kitchen, but the holidays are right around the corner and it would make a great gift to anyone who loves to BBQ. Have anyone on your list who you think would love one (or two)?

Do you struggle to get the perfect burger at home?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Cave Tools Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack

Need a way to organize your grilling tools? Hang your bath towels or bathrobes? Organize your garden or workshop tools? Or in my case, organize your kids jackets? This Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools is the perfect solution to all of these! #CaveTools #organize #grillingtools #jacketrack #hangingrack

~Thank you to Cave Tools for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase.~

I consider myself an organized person. Everything has it’s place, even if it’s in the junk drawer. But since moving I’ve been struggling with the kids jackets. Up until now they have either been laid across the tops of their dressers, tossed on their beds, or thrown in the floor and I can’t take it anymore.

Thankfully, Cave Tools has swept in to save this organizational chaos. Now, when I think about Cave Tools, I always envision summer cookouts and BBQs because many of their products are based around grilling. The same can be said for their Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack, but this product in particular is more multipurpose than just holding grilling tools.

The Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack can be used indoors or outdoors, and measures 14.25″ by 2″, so it’s perfect for all kinds of things. I’m personally using it in my kids room as a solution to their jackets laying everywhere. But in addition to this and housing grilling tools, it could also used be in the bathroom for hanging towels and bathrobes, in the garage for hanging your garden or workshop tools, in the kitchen for hanging pots and pans, and just about anywhere else to hang anything you can imagine.

Need a way to organize your grilling tools? Hang your bath towels or bathrobes? Organize your garden or workshop tools? Or in my case, organize your kids jackets? This Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools is the perfect solution to all of these! #CaveTools #organize #grillingtools #jacketrack #hangingrack

When my hook rack arrived and I opened it, I was surprised at all that was included. It actually comes with everything you’ll need – the rack itself, a screwdriver (wow!), and obviously the small screws and pieces too. It was the little added touch of including a screwdriver that made it special to me. I already have a screwdriver that I could use, but it’s still nice to know Cave Tools thought about everything just in case.

Need a way to organize your grilling tools? Hang your bath towels or bathrobes? Organize your garden or workshop tools? Or in my case, organize your kids jackets? This Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools is the perfect solution to all of these! #CaveTools #organize #grillingtools #jacketrack #hangingrack

We are currently renting, so we’re trying to avoid putting holes in the wall when possible. To prevent more holes in the wall, I decided to use velcro command strips to hang the rack and the back of the hook rack is completely flat, so it worked out perfectly.

I placed the hook rack at just the right height for my 5 y/o son and there hasn’t been a jacket laid on a dresser, tossed on the bed, or thrown in the floor since. And I love that it’s an easy way to add a more homey touch to their room.

Save on a Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack

Do you have a need for one or two of these Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack’s? It’s available for purchase directly from Cave Tools and also at Amazon. When purchasing from Cave Tools, use promo code HOOKRACK15 and you’ll save 15% off the regular price of $14.99. This makes the hook rack just $12.75! 

Or if you’re like me and have some Amazon credits saved up (or you’re just so eager to put it to use and want to use your free 2-day Prime shipping), head over to Amazon and get one for $17.99.

How would you use a Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack?

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*Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with a Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack and helping me organize my kids jackets. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Salad Is on Our Springtime Menu

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

~Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

The weather is getting warmer and spring gardens are starting to pop up everywhere. What this means for my family is springtime salads! I love chopping up fresh lettuce and veggies, and putting together the perfect salad. From tomatoes, to cucumbers, onions, carrots, hard boiled eggs, bacon pieces, shredded cheese and avocado, a leafy salad is one of my favorites!

Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of salads that didn’t quite taste right, but when I experience that off beat taste I know exactly what the problem is. The lettuce wasn’t rinsed before the salad was put together. Personally, I like to chop up a fresh head of lettuce for my salads, but did you know that even if you purchase pre-chopped lettuce or salad mixes that you should still rinse it? You really should!

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

This brings me to the newest addition to our arsenal of kitchen products, the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. Until now, I have always rinsed lettuce either before chopping it up or by simply placing it in a colander after it’s chopped and rinsing in the sink, while the water drains through the colander holes.

The problem with this is that many times the salad ends up a bit watery and it’s simply because a lot of the water gets trapped between the lettuce pieces. The Quick Dry Salad Spinner helps to eliminate that watery effect in the simplest way. In fact, it’s so simple that lettuce rinsing has become one of my 5 year old son’s kitchen duties.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

Notable Features:

  • Works on fruits, veggies, berries, peppers, pasta, leafy greens and more.
  • Vented lid for easy rinsing.
  • Holds more than 3 quarts of veggies.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

While the salad spinner allows you to spin and rinse the lettuce directly from the bowl and pour the excess water out the vented lid, I wanted to show you just how much of a difference the salad spinner makes versus my usual way of rinsing in a colander.

So I had my son use the spinner’s colander to rinse the salad in the sink as I usually would and then give it a few good shakes to get rid of any excess water. At this point I would normally start putting my salad together. Instead we put the Quick Dry Salad Spinner to work.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner


After a few goods spins, this is the amount of excess water the Quick Dry Salad Spinner was able to extract. This would have normally ended up in my salad! And that’s not even all of it. My son gave the lettuce a second go round in the salad spinner and extracted even more excess water.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

I think it’s pretty clear that we will never make another salad without putting the lettuce through a few spins in our Quick Dry Salad Spinner. Want to do the same with your springtime salads?

Save on a Quick Dry Salad Spinner!

The Quick Dry Salad Spinner is available for purchase directly from Cave Tools and also at Amazon. When purchasing from Cave Tools, use promo code SALAD15 and you’ll save 15% off the regular price of $14.99. This makes the salad spinner just $12.75! 

Or if you’re like me and have some Amazon credits saved up (or you’re just so excited to get it and want to use your free 2-day Prime shipping), head over to Amazon and get one for $19.99.

Oh, and did I mention you can serve the salad right from the salad spinner’s serving bowl? It’s a pretty cool all-in-one kitchen tool!

What is your favorite springtime salad?

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*Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner and helping me keep my salads clean and tasty. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.