It’s #RecipeMakeover week and my first recipe is this Mushroom Black Bean Burger. These are grilled with wood-fired taste courtesy of a wonderful product I’m introducing you to: Smokin’ O’s! Using your gas grill, these rings are composed of recovered orchard wood, hardwood and spices, with absolutely zero artificial chemicals, binders or additives!
Since it’s #recipe makeover week, I thought one of the best recipes to make healthier would be the ubiquitous hamburger. One step in reducing the amount of red meat we consume, and still enjoy a burger, is to make a meatless burger.
I’ve been a Meatless Monday blogger for many years now, encouraging you to eat more healthy options a recipe at a time. During that time, I have posted recipes that are red meat replacements, even burgers. This one was the closest taste to a burger yet; that’s all down to the use of Smokin’ O’s, who graciously sent me a sampling of the products they offer.
As soon as the package arrived from Smokin’ O’s, I knew which of their three products I would use for this burger. While they sent me their Original, and their Mesquite, I had to try the Applewood.
I do a lot of smoking. I smoke meats of all sorts: chicken, pork, and beef. I smoke cheese. I make my own sausages and smoke them: summer sausage and Andouille. I love the subtle flavor of applewood when smoking. And the Smokin’ O’s could not be more simple to use. Here’s a video done by Smokin’ O’s that shows you just how easy it is to light them:
Just turn on your gas grill, place the O over a hot spot and let it set for 5-10 minutes while your grill heats. The O will begin to smoke and you’re ready to cook! That’s all! No soaking (like when using wood chips), light them and leave them. And enjoy the incredible wood-smoke flavor imparted to your food!
Using Smokin’ O’s for your grilling will not only give amazing wood-fired flavor, but with the purchase of Smokin’ O’s you’ll be supporting a small family owned business. Located in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, this company was started in 2010, in answer to an economic crisis that shut down the local mill. Instead of wasting trees that had been harvested for ecological reasons, Smokin’ O’s were born. Check out Smokin’ O’s story here, where you can also purchase their amazing products. Be sure to check them out on social media, too. You can follow Smokin’ O’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
This burger utilizes black beans and Portobello mushrooms for protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Flavored with minced shallots, Dijon mustard, oregano and garlic, they are give a wink to the popular Mediterranean fare. For binders, I used egg and Panko crumbs. The texture of these burgers was really great; with the wood-fired flavor provided by the Smokin’ O’s, these were outstanding. They carry the Mr. Saucy Seal of Approval, too!
Here’s the recipe! I hope you’ll try it!
p.s.: Because most people don’t have smokers, I have not shared my recipes for smoked items. Since it’s so easy, with the use of Smokin’ O’s, to turn your gas grill into a smoker, look forward to seeing many of my smoked food recipes. Just in time for summer outdoor cooking!
Disclaimer: While I was provided samples of Smokin’ O’s, free of charge, in order to write this post, the opinions about their products are my own and are heartfelt.
- 1 - 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 8 ounces portobello mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced shallot
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- In the bowl of the food processor, place half of the black beans, the mushrooms and the shallot.
- Pulse until the mixture is grainy. You want there to be texture.
- In a medium-sized bowl, add the remaining black beans.
- Using a fork, gently mash the beans, just to break the bean. Don't create a mash.
- Add the bean mixture from the food processor to the mashed beans, along with the beaten eggs, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and bread crumbs and stir to combine.
- If the texture is too wet, add Panko a bit at a time until you can easily form patties.
- Heat your gas grill on high, placing a Smokin' O's ring over a hot spot, 5-10 minutes.
- Using tongs, remove the Smokin' O's ring to a cool spot on the grill.
- Place the patties on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes. Don't flip the burger until it has firmed. Cook for an additional 5 minutes on the second side.
- Remove from the grill and serve.
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