Spicy Enchilada Poblano Black Bean Burger. That’s a long name. It’s a solid name. It’s weighty with deliciousness. It sprang forth from the communion of two of my dear loves: black bean burgers and enchiladas.
Here’s the thing about black bean burgers: sometimes I love the idea of making my own delicious, spicy black bean burgers from scratch. But other times…most times, really….almost all times, I don’t have the energy or the time or the desire to mold soft beans with my hands. So then I turn to the next best thing: Morningstar’s frozen black bean burgers.
I’m not a fan of frozen beef burgers. But veggie and black bean burger patties seem to do pretty well frozen. I like that I can grill them like regular burgers and get a bit of that fire-kissed, smoky flavor going on, or I can fry them in a skillet at my house because I live in Michigan and we only have so much “grilling weather” to go around. They’re ready in minutes and they are delicious. They actually have flavor! FLAVOR!
But anyway, I have this disease, it’s called “Enchiladosis*.” Essentially, every time I hear the phrase “black beans,” I immediately begin to salivate and crave black bean and poblano enchiladas. Some days it’s not so bad; I can get to the market or to a nearby Mexican restaurant and satisfy my craving before it gets too terrible, but some days it can be pretty bad. I mean, we had friends over for gaming last night. You can’t game and eat enchiladas at the same time! That’s madness! It’s messy! No, you need a hand-held meal for board game night and sadly, enchiladas are a fork-and-knifer.
But it’s ok, because I have found a treatment for Enchiladosis, so all of its long-suffering victims can rejoice. Enchilada flavor in a delicious, meatless, hand-held format: the spicy enchilada poblano black bean burger.
Just say the words. Just breathe it in. Even the words have flavor. Delightfully, it’s super easy to make a bunch of these at once, too, whether you can get to a grill or not. And for you skeptical meat-eaters, trust me: this is a delicious burger in its own right and you will be thoroughly satisfied.
There recipe below makes 2 burgers, but is easily scaled up for more. I also included some notes on possible additions or substitutions. Enjoy!
*This isn’t really a thing. But it should be.