Spicy Black Bean Burgers

This recipe is a mixture of an online recipe I found and some additional ingredients we added.  My husband and I enjoyed a black bean burger at Ale Asylum in Madison a few weekends ago and this is our take on their burger.   Some sweet potato fries would be excellent with this burger.  Here is what we did:

2 cups of cooked black beans or 1 can of black beans with juice removed
1 egg
1/2 cup corn, cooked
1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
1/2 cup onion, diced (any kind will do)
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I just took one of my bread ends and made crumbs in my small food processor)
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. chipotle in adobe sauce (or a little more if you want more spice)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
dash of hot sauce
Chipotle Ranch Dressing (Found at Whole Foods Market)
In a large bowl, mash the beans with a fork and then add all remaining ingredients.  Mix well and shape into 4-6 patties (depending on how big or small you’d like them.).
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and arrange patties in a single layer.  Cook patties until heated through, flipping once (very carefully so they don’t fall apart).  In about 10 minutes or so they will be heated through and a slight crust will have formed on each side.  Place on toasted buns and layer with lettuce and chiptole ranch dressing.  Enjoy!

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