Delish Black Bean Burgers with Avocado served with a chilled Barefoot Hard Seltzer
2 (14 ounce) cans black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 of bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 of a large sweet onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup bread crumbs or oat flour (opt GF Flour)
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 jalapeño, rough chop
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
pinch salt + pepper 

Don't forget your BUNS
Optional to add your favorite toppings!  (Mine are Leaf Lettuce, Red Onion, Mayo)

1. Preheat your grill. Spread beans evenly onto a lined baking sheet and cook on grill for about 15 minutes until slightly dried out. Or you can bake for about 15 min in oven.

2. Meanwhile, sauté olive oil, chopped pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Gently blot some of the moisture out. Place in a large bowl or in a food processor with the remaining ingredients (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, jalapeño, Worcestershire, BBQ, salt, and pepper). Stir or pulse everything together, then add the black beans. Mash with a fork or pulse the mixture, leaving some larger chunks of beans.

3. Form into patties– about 1/3 cup of mixture in each.

4. To grill: Place patties on greased aluminum foil and grill 8 minutes on each side (16-18 min total). Heat temperature is personal preference as all grills differ. Generally, black bean burgers should grill on medium-high heat about 350°F – 400°F .

To bake: Place patties on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 375°F  for 10 minutes on each side, 20 minutes total.

5. Serve with your favorite toppings and a Barefoot Hard Setlzer.. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes:
Freezing Instructions: Cooked or uncooked black bean burgers freeze wonderfully for up to 3 months. Stack between parchment paper in a freezer container or zipped-top bag. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat to your liking or, if uncooked, cook according to instructions. If desired, you can skip thawing and reheat/cook from frozen for an extra couple minutes.

Vegan: These black bean burgers are not vegan. To make vegan, leave out the cheese, replace the Worcestershire sauce with a different vegan condiment (your favorite BBQ sauce would be great!) and replace the eggs with 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato.