Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients:

Black Bean Burgers
  1. 1/2 red onion, quartered

  2. 2 celery stalks, chopped

  3. 1 cup mushrooms, such as cremini or white button

  4. 1 cup spinach leaves

  5. 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

  6. 1/2 cup chunky salsa

  7. 1/4 cup rolled oats

  8. 2 egg whites

  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  10. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  11. 1 tablespoon corn oil

  12. 2 whole wheat pitas, halved and warmed

Directions:

1. Place the garlic in a food processor, and pulse until chopped. Add the onion, celery, mushrooms, spinach, beans, and salsa, and pulse until a chunky mixture forms, 2 to 3 pulses.

2. Add the oats, egg whites, salt, and pepper, pulsing once or twice, until mixed.Form the mixture into 4 equal patties.

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the patties, and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, until the burgers are lightly browned and warmed through.

4. Slide each burger into a half pita. ENJOY!!