Everybody loves burgers. That's a fact of American life. Beef, turkey, chicken, or even fish—all have their ardent fans. Maybe it's because burgers are essentially finger food. A meal in a bun, if you will. Add some oven-baked fries or potato chips, and the simplest burger becomes a yummy indulgence.
You can add to dinner time discussions about which bun filler is best by testing out this series of alternative "ham" burgers that are created from vegetable-based ingredients. Try 'em out as main dishes for your weekly vegetarian suppers. You can even create a burger bar by setting out a plate of lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and onions; a plate of sliced cheese (e.g. Swiss, Gouda, cheddar); and little custard cups filled with catsup, mustard and mayo. Pickles, too, plus anything else you think might go well with the thematic flavors of a particular burger
Jamaican bean burgers
"Jerk" seasoning ingredients are rather exotic and so somewhat disguise the main ingredient here, which is black beans. This may be a good starting place for this veggie venture. And, if you want to add to the tropical theme, fry up some plantain chips and serve some fresh pineapple and/or melon on the side.
P.S. While " jerked" food has a reputation for being rather spicy, this particular combination won't burn anyone's tongue.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
3 cups chopped Vidalia (sweet) onion
1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon grated (peeled) fresh ginger root
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cups cooked rice
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, well drained, patted dry
About 1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs, divided
1/3 cup mayonnaise (light's alright), for serving
6 hamburger buns (whole wheat are preferable), toasted
6 ruby red lettuce leaves, optional, for serving