The summer is all about enjoying eating outdoors and having barbeques, but all too often the choices for vegetarians are flavourless, repetitive, and simply boring. As a vegetarian for over twenty years I've had my fair share of summer BBQ's and have tried, tested and tasted a whole array of different vegetarian BBQ options. But flavourless burgers are a thing of the past with these Caribbean Inspired Jerk Black Bean Burgers! They're packed full of flavour without needing a whole cupboard of different herbs and spices thanks to the Schwartz Caribbean Jerk Street Food Seasoning, aren't mushy and are healthy too.
I've found that the key to the 'not mushy' texture is drying out the black beans slightly before making the burgers. This helps to reduce the moisture within the burger, allowing for extra flavour to be added and results in a firm texture. One of the best things about having a burger is being able to top it with what you like, isn't it? Top these with avocado, caramelised onions, cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, grilled pineapple...anything that takes your fancy!
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4. Spread the black beans evenly on a lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly dried out
2. While they are baking, gently fry the pepper, onion and garlic in the olive oil until they are soft.
3. Place the cooked pepper, onion and garlic into a large bowl, add in the Schwartz Caribbean Jerk Street Food Seasoning, breadcrumbs, feta cheese, eggs, ketchup and seasoning. Combine everything well and then mash in the baked black beans using a fork or potato masher.