Black Bean and Rice Burgers

Last night, I ran my longest distance before I have to run my 10K on Saturday. (Did that last sentence make sense?) I raced home from work because I knew I had to get a long run in and I usually don’t get home until 7pm and I feel like I’m always racing the sun! I had to get a run in before it got dark! On my way home, I drove through a cloudy rain/snow/sleet mix. I was thinking, “Greeeeeat.” Just what I wanted to face. I could have run on the treadmill but I knew the 10K would not be taking place on a treadmill so I just decided against it. It was cloudy and snowy and I thought I was in for the worst run ever!

Surprise! When I pulled into my driveway, by some miracle, all precipitation had stopped and the sun had come out! It was still freezing, but I was just thankful that the clouds had parted and I would have a few extra minutes of daylight. I headed out and was really enjoying my run until I hit around my 3.5 mile mark. The clouds came back and the snow started to fall. I kept going though. I was chuckling to myself thinking about how I used to see people running in the cold or the rain or even snow and how I used to make comments about how crazy they were and how I couldn’t be paid enough to do that! Well, how the times have changed. Everytime a car passed me, I was just imagining what they were saying. I would guess they were saying the same things I had said. The snow eventually stopped and I ended up finishing 5.53 miles in 49:23. Not bad. I’m pretty sure I was running faster than I ever had. Subconsciously, I think I just wanted to be in my warm house. Rumor has it that it is supposed to be 60 degrees and actually kind of nice on Saturday…so let’s hope that holds up.

I was famished when I left work so by the time I was done running, I felt like I was going to die of starvation. Isn’t it funny how dramatic we can be when we are hungry?

“My stomach is going to eat itself!”
“I could eat one of everything off this menu!”
“I feel like I haven’t eaten in days!”

I wanted something filling but healthy. I decided to make black bean and rice burgers. I had most of a can of black beans left over from earlier in the week and I wanted to use them. The police officer asked if there was going to be anything for him to eat when he got home around midnight. I told him what I was making and he didn’t seem very impressed. So, I made him spaghetti. He dumped it in the sink (by accident). Apparently, there was some water on the plate from when he reheated the noodles and he wanted to drain it off the plate.

Note: inverting a plate of slippery noodles will cause the noodles to fall off.
Good thing I made extra.

Anyway, back to my burgers. I have been craving a burger for a long time and these hit the spot!

They are super easy to make. I’m pretty sure everything I make is super easy because I’m always in such a time crunch!

Just mash up your beans and add an egg, a cup of rice, and some salsa.

I used about a 1/2 cup of the mixture to make the burgers. This gives a nice size that fits perfectly on a bun.

They are super quick. Just cooked a few minutes on each side, they come out with a slightly crunchy outside and a warm chewy inside. Super Yum! (What is up with me and word ‘super’ today!?)

I didn’t have any buns so I used a bagel thin. That’s allowed, right?

I made a sauce for the burgers that is just plain Greek yogurt and salsa. Everything is better with some kind of sauce/gravy/glaze!!! I also threw some gorgonzola cheese on top.

Black Bean and Rice Burgers


1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 egg

2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup salsa

1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt


In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork (you could puree them, but I prefer that thicker texture that comes from just mashing them by hand). Add in the rice, egg, and 2 tablespoons of salsa. Mix well until blended.

Scoop by 1/4 cupfuls and place in a skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Flatten with a spatula to make a 1/2-inch patty. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until burger is slightly browned. Flip and repeat, cooking for 4-5 minutes on the other side.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add 1/4 cup yogurt with 1/4 cup salsa. Mix well until thoroughly blended.

Serve burgers with salsa sauce, lettuce, cheese or any other garnish you choose.

Servings: 4

This was such a perfect meal after my run. I was full and ready to snuggle up on my couch with Jet and read the blogs that I missed out on during the day since my internet was down at work!

Just a side note: I felt absolutely lost without the internet at work! Have I really become that dependent on it!? I guess so. Thankfully, I had my Blackberry so I could still check Twitter and Facebook. Ahhh! I’m obsessed!

What is your perfect meal after a workout? Are you always starving afterwards like me!?