1 1/4 cups dried black beans, rinsed and picked over then soaked for 4 hours and drained
3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup farro
1 onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic, minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Vegetable oil, for sautéing
8 toasted buns
Smoky Red Pepper Spread and thickly sliced red onions, for serving
How to Make It
In a saucepan, cover the beans with 2 inches of water. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 1 hour; add water as needed to keep the beans covered by 2 inches. When the beans are tender, season them with salt and let stand for 5 minutes; drain.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the farro and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the grains are al dente, 30 minutes.
In a small skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the diced onion and cook over moderate heat until softened. Add the crushed red pepper and garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes.
In a food processor, pulse all but 1/2 cup of the beans to a chunky puree; transfer to a bowl. Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup of beans, the farro, the onion mixture, eggs, bread crumbs, basil, cilantro, pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt. Form the mixture into 8 patties. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1/8 inch of vegetable oil. Add the burgers and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and heated through, about 6 minutes. Transfer the burgers to the buns. Top with the Smoky Red Pepper Spread and the onion slices, close the burgers and serve.
These were easy and delicious. I used canned beans instead and rice instead of farro, but they turnned out amazing! Also, instead of buns I served them with a cilantro and pineapple salsa on top that really complimented the flavor. Totally going to be a staple meal.
This recipe was so good that I made it three times this weekend, twice for me and once again for the Super Bowl. I had some friends come over that are vegetarians and they loved it. I did add some ingredients since I didn't have any cumin and it tasted a bit bland. I added curry powder, season salt.
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