Jerk Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

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 I have never had a black bean burger before this one.  I don’t know why.  I love black beans and you already know of my intense affection for sweet potatoes.  I corrected that mistake and I wont make it again.  I’ll gladly add these again any time.  In fact, I think I’m going to make them for a family get together in July so my sisters can taste them.  I can’t wait to see them.  It seems like forever.  One sister lives in Ohio and the other in Kentucky.  Everyone has busy lives, so we don’t get a chance to see each other very often.  We’re going to bring the grill and burn some burgers, dogs and these black bean burgers.  Oh and of course cake!

These burgers didn’t make me miss beef at all.  With all the jerk type seasonings in them, they were a flavor explosion in my mouth.  It seems like a lot of ingredients, but most of it is seasonings you probably already have in your spice rack.  The mixture is a little sticky but they hold their shape very well.  Unlike beef burgers, they don’t shrink.  You do have to let them brown completely on the first side before you flip them over.  Otherwise they’ll stick to the pan.  Come on mon.  Give them a try. That was all said with a Jamaican accent in my head.  I was seeing the crab, Sebastian, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  Great movie!                                                                      Jerk Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 large sweet potato

1/2 egg

1 Tbs. honey

1/4 cup onion, diced

1 small jalapeno, finely diced

1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1 tsp. fresh thyme

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

1/4 tsp. allspice

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

canola oil, for frying

.  Wash and dry the sweet potato.  Prick the sweet potato all over with a fork.  Place on a paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes.  Turn over and microwave for 5 minutes longer.  Carefully remove from the microwave (IT’S HOT!) and set aside to cool.  Meanwhile, rinse and drain beans.  Pour them into a medium-sized bowl and coarsely mash with a fork.  Add the egg, honey, onion, jalapeno, parsley, thyme, and all the spices.  Mix well with a fork.  Remove the skin from the sweet potato.  It should come off easily.   Place it in the bowl and mash a few times with the fork.  Add the cheddar cheese.  Give it one last big stir to combine all ingredients.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.  Form mixture into 6 equal sized patties (about 1/2 cup each) using your hands.  Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a skillet and heat on medium-high until hot.  Cook patties in two batches.  Don’t try to turn the patties until they’re golden brown on the bottom.  They’ll stick to the pan and make a mess. Cook for 4-5 minutes on the first side or until golden brown, turn and then about 3-4 minutes on the other side.  Serve with your favorite condiments such as honey barbecue sauce or pineapple and jalapeno jam.  How do you make pineapple and jalapeno jam?  I’m glad you asked.

Pineapple and Jalapeno Jam

4  1/2 inch slices fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

1 Tbs. brown sugar

1 tsp. butter

1/4 cup pineapple rum

1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and membrane removed (unless you like it hot, then leave them in)

1/2 tsp. sriracha

Melt the butter on medium heat in a small saucepan.  Add the pineapple and brown sugar.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pineapple becomes tender.  Add the pineapple rum, jalapeno pepper and sriracha.   Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the mixture begins to thicken 15- 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.  Whirl a few times with a stick blender to break up any big chunks.  Serve warm or cold.

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About glendaclark

Hi there! My name is Glenda and I love food. Cooking and baking are my creative outlets. You'll find me in the kitchen laughing, singing, dancing and cooking or baking. I'm wife to my green eyed Irish guy, mother of four and grandmother of four. These are the chronicles of life as Glenda, the good witch of cake. Warning: may contain cartoon moments, butter and sugar.

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