Today is National Cheeseburger Day and who doesn't love a good cheeseburger every now and then! So to honor this event, I decided to try a burger that I have never eaten, let alone make...the black bean burger! According to an article last fall on DoctorOz.com, eating beans several times per week may lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Since beans are hearty, they fill you up faster causing you to eat less. If you haven't noticed, I have this new found love for beans. I never particularly cared for them growing up, but I've been trying to incorporate them more and more into my family's diet. I originally tried to make these even healthier by grilling them, but they just flattened out into a big, old bean mess; so frying them in small amount of oil was definitely the way to go.
Since it is Cheeseburger Day, I opted to put the cheese on the inside (my personal preference) since I don't eat the slider bun, but you could also sprinkle it on top before adding it to your bun. This distinctive burger was loaded with my favorite flavors and was much easier to make than I had originally thought. The kids and I loved them though hubby is in London on business so he'll just have to wait to try them tomorrow (if there's any left that is!) ;)