Black Bean + Quinoa Burger

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I’ve got summer on the brain, particularly beaches, bikinis, and burgers. In the recipe below, the BBQ staple gets a plant-based makeover. This vegan black bean burger is packed with protein, and while it may seem like a lot of steps, it’s relatively easy to make. It’s even easier if you have leftover quinoa prepared the day before.

Experiment adding in veggies like corn, carrots, or beets for a flavorful vitamin boost. 
 

Black Bean & Quinoa Burger
Serves 6
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Prep Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Quinoa
  2. 1 cup quinoa
  3. 2 cups water
  4. Burger
  5. 1 tbs. ground flax
  6. ¼ cup warm water
  7. Olive oil* or coconut oil
  8. 1 shallot, diced
  9. 4 cloves garlic, diced
  10. 1 tsp. cumin
  11. ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  12. ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  13. ¼ tsp. cayenne
  14. 1.5 cups cooked black beans (I use 13.4 oz package of Whole Foods black beans in box)
  15. ½ cup fresh parsley
  16. ¼ tsp. salt
  17. 2 cups cooked quinoa, that has been thoroughly cooled. (from above)
  18. ½ cup oats, processed into a powder, divided in half (so 2 - ¼ cups)
Instructions
  1. First, make quinoa: bring water and quinoa to a boil, then reduce heat and cook covered for about 10 minutes, until all water is absorbed. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, mix flax in a small bowl with warm water. Set aside.
  3. Using medium-low heat, warm up about 2 tsp. of oil in a pan, or enough to coat the bottom.
  4. Sauté shallot, garlic, and all spices (except salt) for about 2 minutes. Stir occasionally. The shallot and garlic should not brown, you just want them lightly cooked and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a minute.
  5. Put black beans, parsley, salt, and cooled shallot mixture into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until just combined. (You could stop here and have a delicious black bean mash.)
  6. Add the quinoa, flax mixture, and a heaping ¼ cup of the oat flour into the blender, and continue mixing, until thoroughly combined and you have a paste.
  7. Scoop out the paste, roll into balls and then press into a patties. It will be slightly sticky. Coat the patties thoroughly in the remaining oat flour, as if you are breading it.
  8. Heat a pan to medium-low, and put just enough oil to cover the bottom. Let patties cook for 3 minutes, flip over, and cook an additional 3 minutes on the other side. You may have to cook in batches depending on the size of your pan.
  9. Serve as you would a regular burger: with ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles or whatever you like!
Notes
  1. *If you use olive oil, be sure to use a medium-low temperature, so that the oil doesn’t smoke.
Maria Marlowe http://mariamarlowe.com/

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