Dirigo Dish: Black Bean Burgers & Potato Salad

It’s BBQ season! Celebrate with a heart-healthy alternative to cheeseburgers, as well as a tasty new recipe for potato salad from the American Heart Association. Find even more yummy summer recipes at www.heart.org!


For the potato salad:

  • 1 1/2 lb. potatoes, new potatoes or red potatoes work well
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 green onion or scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, fresh parsley

For the black bean burgers:

  • 15.5 oz. canned, low-sodium black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 8.8 oz. packaged, cooked brown rice
  • 15 oz. canned sweet potatoes or yams in light syrup, drained
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided


For the potato salad:

  1. Fill a medium heavy-duty pot 3/4 full with water. Cut the potatoes evenly into bite-sized pieces and add into the water.
  2. Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let cook until potatoes are fork-tender, about 8 to 10 minutes depending on size. Drain in a colander and run cold water over the potatoes to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add oil, mustard, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Whisk together to combine with a fork. Add potatoes, chopped scallions, and chopped parsley. Toss to combine potatoes in dressing. Reserve until black bean burgers are done.

For the black bean burgers:

  1. Into a medium bowl, add ½ cup black beans and 1 cup brown rice. It may be easier to microwave the rice for 30 to 60 seconds so it sticks together less and can be measured. Reserve.
  2. Add remaining beans and brown rice into the bowl of a food processor, along with canned sweet potatoes/ yams, egg white, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pulse the mixture until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Transfer puree to the reserved bowl with whole beans and rice. Add breadcrumbs and stir until mixture is combined. Form into 6 patties and place onto a plate.
  4. Warm 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add 3 of the fragile patties into the pan; cook until slightly browned on each side, 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and patties. Serve black bean burgers with potato salad.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!


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