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Green Chili Veggie Burgers Stuffed with Sharp Cheddar

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Entrees, Snacks, vegetarian

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup onion diced
  • ½ cup toasted cashews
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 hatch green chili pepper roasted, seeds removed and chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • cups canned black beans about 2 15 ounce cans, drained and patted dry.
  • 1 cup cooked Spanish rice
  • cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 10 oz loaf sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce

Instructions
 

  • Heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, saute onions until translucent and soft, 5 - 7 minutes. Set aside.
  • Mash the dried and drained beans in a large bowl with only a few chunks remaining.
  • In a food processor or blender, add nuts, spices, salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until a fine meal is achieved.
  • Next, add cooked rice, spiced nut mixture, sauteed onion, panko bread crumbs, chopped hatch chili pepper and BBQ sauce to the bowl of mashed beans. Mix thoroughly to form a moldable dough.
  • Shape veggie burger mixture into eight patties. Place a chunk of sharp cheddar in the middle of four patties. Top with remaining patties and seal edges together.
  • Grill the patties over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve with toasted buns, tomatoes, ketchup, avocado, and anything else you can think of.

Notes

To save on time, buy prepackaged Spanish rice mix from your supermarket or swap it out for brown rice.
Cashews and sunflower seeds are what I had on hand but feel free to use other nuts like almonds.
To save a few you dollars, buy in the bulk food section of your grocery store. 2 cups is about
1 pound.
To roast hatch green chili peppers, turn on your grill before you begin making the burger patties. Over medium heat, roast until skin is blackened, about 15 minutes.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Serving size: 4 Calories: 698 Fat: 41g Saturated fat: 18g Unsaturated fat: 21g Carbohydrates: 54g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 612mg Fiber: 11g Protein: 33g Cholesterol: 74mg
Keyword BBQ, burger, Labor Day, veggie burgers