Lime Black Bean Burgers with Asian Mango Salsa

I love bean burgers. They are so easy to make, and you can literally substitute all sorts of ingredients. This one is my new favorite. The salsa is a great addition, a sweet taste that pairs well with the tangy/ savory burger. These burgers work well without the bun, and a dollop of salsa on top (if you are watching carbs).

Ingredients (makes 4 big patties):
mangoes, finely diced
1 green onion, chopped
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, adds heat)

1 tsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper (any color)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black beans, rinsed
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)
1 tblsp lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
1 tblsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
pinch of pepper

1 tblsp oil (for frying)

1) For the salsa, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside, in the fridge. 
2) For the burgers,  in a pan, saute oil onion, bell pepper and garlic until onion is translucent. Dab excess oil off with a paper towel. Set aside.
3) Rinse the black beans, and then dry them thoroughly with a paper towel (if left wet, the burgers tend to fall apart). Mash black beans in a medium bowl. Add onion saute, and all other burger ingredients, mixing until combined.
4) Form the bean mix into 4 patties (about 1/4 cup each). Flatten slightly and transfer to the fridge for about 1 hour (this allows them to firm up slightly. The longer you refrigerate them, the better they hold together when fried)
5) Place 1 tblsp of oil in a large pan, over medium heat. Fry burgers, about 5 minutes on each side, or until brown and crisp. Serve on a bun with a dollop of salsa.
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