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Recipe: BBQ Black Bean Burgers

As a mom, Lauren Buckel (healthontherun.net) likes the way she can hide veggies in these burgers. As a vegetarian runner, she likes them because they “help combat ‘runger!’” (Extra batter can be stored in fridge or freezer.)

BBQ Black Bean Burgers
Makes 7–8 burgers

1 large (25 oz.) can of black beans
½ cup shredded carrots
2 cups spinach
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste

Drain and rinse beans until water runs clear. Dump all ingredients into a food processor and pulse or mix until combined. Be careful not to over-process. The mixture should still be chunky, not puréed. Let batter rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Divide and press mixture into patties. Cook on one side until seared, about 5 minutes, and flip and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato and avocado!

Related: Baked Oatmeal Recipe