Lately, and black bean burgers.

My spring, thus far:

+ Strawberry plants, hydrangeas, blueberry bushes, succulents, clematis, flowering trees.
+ A blanket spread out on the grass.
+ Mulch.
+ A splinter in the foot, from said mulch.
+ On the grill: steaks, pork chops, black bean burgers.
+ Long walks through winding neighborhoods.
+ Sunshine. Open windows.
+ Finally.

Black Bean Burgers (adapted from AllRecipes)

Cooking spray
1 (16 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 bell pepper, chopped finely
1/2 onion, chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
1 egg
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat outdoor grill for high heat. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mash beans with a fork until thick and pasty. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic to beans and mix well.

In a small bowl, lightly whisk egg, chili powder, cumin and Sriracha.

Add egg mixture to mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs and combine with your hands until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide and shape into four patties.

Place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. Serve on hamburger buns with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado.


  1. I just recently posted a delicious black bean burger recipe too; great minds, you know.

    The photo of your cat through the window is just gorgeous. As are all of them. Spring is pure beauty, scent and sight both, like a lovely aromatic and colorful assault on all of our senses.

    1. Oooh I like that yours has quinoa! I love spring around these parts, when it finally arrives that is. Hope you're enjoying yours.

  2. You've captured spring perfectly, Jacqui. Oh man, we did mulch this year, too and that is a labor-intensive job. I'm glad we did ours a few weeks ago when the temperatures were on the cooler side. It's been so muggy lately. Your burgers sound tasty and simple to make!

    1. Thanks, Nicole! Mulch, man. I never thought I'd say that word so much in a single weekend. But I have to say, yard work is way more fun than inside work! :)

  3. No way! I just made this SAME recipe off AllRecipes last night and we loved them! I added a second egg, and added fresh cilantro and fresh parsley to the pepper/onion/garlic mix. YUM!

    1. That's too funny. It's definitely a keeper!

  4. So much gorgeousness in this post! I had to scroll through slowly so I could soak it in. Love these glimpses.

    1. Thank you! Every day when I get home from work, I take a stroll around the yard to soak it all in, too.


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