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Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

I’m pretty sure that summer is the perfect time to break out the burger recipes, am I right?!?! There is something about the months of June, July, and August that make me want to break out the sandwich buns, all the fixins, and a refreshing beverage to wash it all down! Justin is all about creating a burger with meat, but when it comes to me, it is ALL about the black bean burger! And in this case, a spicy black bean burger with habanero aioli that will give you a kick in the pants and won’t have you missing the meat whatsoever!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

I love the flavor profiles you can create with a black bean burger. I immediately want to take mine into a spicy flavor profile, with the use of El Yucateco brand sauces as part of the burger patty AND as a creamy aioli to boot! Layers of spice my friends: that’s what I’m talking about. I have always been a bit of a “hot heat,” so to speak. If it is spicy, BRING IT ON! I perpetually have a shaker of crushed red pepper on hand in my kitchen, as well as black pepper, cayenne, chili powder, and more. And of course: hot sauce. I like to add hot sauce into a plethora of items. I’ll add a dash to my eggs, I’ll mix some in with my ketchup to make it spicy, I’ll add a few dashes in to a bowl of soup for an extra kick. You name it: I’ll add spice to it! For me, the El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce was the perfect pick for this recipe. It features a crisp habanero flavor that pairs well with vegetables, but also blends wonderfully into a creamy dip or spread. On a side note, I want to try stirring some of the El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce into the next batch of ranch dip I make for a party – a spicy kick of goodness! I also love the El Yucateco Red Hot Sauce for a “classic” red hot sauce option for everyday. And when I’m feeling REALLY adventurous – the El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Sauce is an order! Do you dare?

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

El Yucateco hot sauce

What I really like about the El Yucateco sauces is that there are quite a few flavor profiles to choose from. From habaneros, to jalapenos, to chipotles, you can select the pepper of your choice for your hot sauce! Of course, I am all about a habanero sauce, but the jalapeno and chipotle options are a little more up Justin’s alley, as he can’t handle the heat QUITE as much as I can! Wimp. Picking up the El Yucateco sauces is a cinch – they are easily found at Publix (for me, in the Ethnic/International Foods section). No matter which flavor you prefer, they definitely take a basic black bean burger and kick it up a notch in the flavor department!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

Let’s break it down: you’ve got the spicy burger patty, which is great on its own. But then – how about a spicy aioli as well? Paired with a slice of cool avocado (or guacamole), crispy lettuce, and maybe even a slice of pepper jack cheese for even more kick, you’ve got perfection on a bun!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

And…if you’re really adventurous, you can add another additional dash of El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce on top of your aioli. If you’re brave enough, that is…

I love that you can create these black bean burger patties in advance, which makes it so easy to grab them out of the fridge or freezer and heat them up (in the oven or on the grill) when you have friends and family over for a get together! If you happen to have leftovers, you can even get creative with them – no bun necessary! You could use them in a tortilla as part of a black bean quesadilla, or you can top them with a fried or poached egg at breakfast time: YUM! I may or may not have done that for my morning meal today…

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli
Spicy black bean burgers featuring a kick that will knock your socks off! Plus a fiery hot habanero aioli to top them!
Serves: 8
  • For the black bean burgers:
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional for frying
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh corn kernels (or frozen, defrosted)
  • For the aioli:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice from ½ lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce
  1. To make the burgers, start by sauteing the yellow onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until onions are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Next, set aside about ¾ cup of the black beans, then add the remaining beans to a large bowl with the edamame and mash them (I used a potato masher). Add soy sauce, El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce, and panko crumbs. Mix until ingredients they are combined. Then, carefully fold in the remaining black beans and the corn into the mix.
  3. Next, create the burger patties. Scoop a generous portion of bean mixture into your (clean) hands and roll into a ball. Flatten on a clean surface and shape into circular patties about ½ inch thick. I made my burgers a size that would fit the buns I had, and this mixture created 8 black bean burger patties.
  4. When patties are shaped, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. When you are ready to cook the black bean burgers, preheat your oven to 400° F. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, and add a small amount of olive oil. One or two at a time, set the burger patties in the pan to brown the outsides. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, then remove from the pan and place on a foil lined baking sheet. You don’t have to take this step if you don’t want to, but I like getting the browned/crispy texture on the outside of my burger patties.
  6. When all of the black bean burger patties are browned and on the baking pan, place in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the aioli! Add mayonnaise, lime juice, and El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  8. When baked, you can serve these burgers immediately, or refrigerate them for later use. If you want to place them on the grill to heat up, wrap them loosely in tin foil and place on the grates for 5+ minutes until warmed through.
  9. Place burger patties on a bun and dress with the toppings desired - the habanero aioli, soem pepper jack cheese, lettuce, guacamole, and more! Enjoy!


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Be sure to check out all of the hot sauce options on the El Yucateco website. I’d love to hear your favorite!


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