Meatless Monday: Make Anderson Cooper’s Favorite Veggie Burger

12/02/2013 at 03:24 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Bareburger Veggie Burger Recipe
Courtesy Bareburger

It’s no secret Anderson Cooper has a thing for fast food.

In March, the Anderson Cooper 360° anchor called himself a “total McDonald’s person” on former talk show Anderson Live—while wearing a shirt screen-printed with French fries. He also once told USA Today that his guilty pleasure is Boston Market, and has tweeted about his love of Big Macs.

But the trim star also knows to mix in healthier fare: He is frequently spotted at New York City’s Bareburger ordering the black bean burger, a vegetarian patty cooked in good-for-you grape seed oil (it’s rich with healthy fats) and tucked between a multigrain bun.

With cheese, onions, corn, peppers, cumin, garlic and chili powder mixed into the patty, this burger is a lot more flavorful than anything you’ll get in a drive-through.

Black Bean Veggie Burger 
Makes 6

1 bag (16 oz.) dried black beans
8 oz. vegan cheddar cheese, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 medium Spanish onion, diced finely
½ cup corn kernels
1 red bell pepper, diced finely
1 green bell pepper, diced finely
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ cup oat bran
¼ cup rice flour
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. sea salt
Grape seed oil
6 multigrain buns, toasted
1 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
1 small tomato, sliced thinly
6 slices soy cheese (or regular cheese)

1. In a large bowl, soak beans in water overnight. Drain and rinse.

2. In a large pot, place beans in just enough water to cover 1-inch above the surface of the beans. Boil over high heat until tender. Cool beans and chop roughly.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine next 14 ingredients (vegan cheese through sea salt), mixing until all ingredients are evenly distributed. (You can also use a food processor.) Form mixture into 6 patties.

4. In a large skillet coated with grape seed oil, fry the patties over medium-high heat until crisp on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.

5. Serve burgers on multigrain buns topped with lettuce, onions, tomato and cheese, if desired.

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Jodi on

Recipe doesn’t say this, but you have to blend all ingredients in a food processor or something to make patties. I couldn’t get mine to form patties by going by this recipe. But they were soooo good!!

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