Monday, May 9, 2011

Black Bean Burgers on Ciabatta Buns

YUMMY! :) These were really really good! However, I think I will try another version of the black bean burgers sometime soon. I think I would like to try one with oats instead of breadcrumbs. Sounds tasty to me! Also, this ciabatta bread is super good, however, I made them waaaay too big! I totally forgot how big they would get on the last rise. :) Made for some jumbo sized burgers that's for sure! The ciabatta takes a little while to make, it has 3 rise periods but it is well worth it. I worked on mine while I got my hair colored today. :) Enjoy the recipes and keep an eye out for another black bean burger in the future!

Ciabatta Buns


  • 3 cups Fine ground whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons dough enhancer
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • cornmeal (to sprinkle on pan)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, yeast, honey, salt, olive oil, and water.
  2. Turn out dough onto a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, 10 minutes. Set aside, and let rise about 45 minutes, until it doubles in size. Punch down. Knead well again, for about 10 minutes. Let rise for about 30 minutes, until it doubles in size.
  3. Round the dough into small round bun shapes.(about half the size you want your buns to be) Place them on a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal.(keeps dough from sticking) Let rise until double in size, about 30 min.
  4. While the bread is rising for the third time, put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  5. Bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees Bake for 10 more minutes, or until done. 

    Black Bean Burgers

    1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
     3 cloves  garlic
    2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
    1 handful freshly chopped cilantro leaves
    1 egg
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 cup bread crumbs
    Salt and fresh ground black pepper

    Optional Toppings:

    1 tomato, sliced

    Heat a grill or pan over medium-low heat.
    In a food processor, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped. Add 1 can black beans, cilantro, egg, and cayenne and pulse to combine.
    Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix until well combined. Make into patties.

     Place on hot oiled grill or oiled pan over medium-low heat and cook about 6 minutes a side or until heated through.
    Serve on Ciabatta with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado.

        1 comment:

        1. you are going to be sooo buff with all that kneeding....I think that is going to be my shoulder workout for today!! these burgers look way too good to wait til next week. :)