January 26, 2015

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

I was on the search for a Quinoa Black Bean Burger recipe and I found one that I really liked. However I made some adjustments to that recipe, which are detailed below.
This recipe is perfect for a meatless dinner, lunch or snack… Even toddlers as finger foods… Etc. I tried this recipe with my family and I will be making it again.
15 oz of black beans (Note: I used dry black beans from a bag… Once I soaked them and cooked them. Then I am able to control the salt and “freshness” of the beans. Plus they are cheaper! But you could certainly use a can of black beans)
3/4 cup of Quinoa (Note: I used a Garden Vegetable flavor of boxed quinoa I had on hand. I prepared the quinoa as directed on the box, then added 3/4 cup to the recipe)
1/2 cup of instant oats
1 1/2 t. of cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup of chopped tomatoes (Note: I had a container of mild tomato pico de gallo in my refrigerator and I used that… It had some onions in it. It was a perfect replacement! …therefore I didn’t add additional onions)
3 T chopped onions
2-3 t. Red hot sauce (like Franks Red Hot sauce, and I included 3 t.)
1 egg
2 T. Olive oil
1. In a large bowl, mash up most of your beans with a fork. Some beans can be left whole.
2. Add all remaining ingredients (except the olive oil). Mix together (it’s helpful to use your hands to mix)
3. Form small patties. Place on a plate and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
4. In a skillet, add olive oil to heat and cook burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side.
To serve, I added a little shredded cheese on top of my toddlers burger. You could also add tomatoes and onions on top too. We didn’t use buns, but you could always add whole wheat burger buns too.
Note: I had extras, so I packaged them up for the freezer to use at a later date for lunches, a mid afternoon snack, etc.

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