Quinoa Black Bean Burgers



Who loves veggie burgers? I sure do! I use to buy two or three boxes of veggie burgers every week and bring them almost everday to work or school for lunch with me! Ever since I decided to stay away from soy, dairy, hydrogenated oils and gluten I found it almost impossible to find a veggie burger that fits my “healthy” criteria and that actually taste good. When I would go up and down the grocery aisles looking at ingredient lists of veggie patties I would usually find a list of over 30+ ingredients, many words I couldn’t pronounce, like “DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE”. Not to mention how expensive they are, many were $6 a box (4ct.)! 

Here is the ingredient list for MorningStar Farms Griller’s Original: TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, WATER FOR HYDRATION), EGG WHITES, CORN OIL, CALCIUM CASEINATE, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, ONION POWDER, CANOLA OIL, TRIGLYCERIDES FROM COCONUT OIL, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (CORN GLUTEN, WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN), DEXTROSE, SALT, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS FROM NON-MEAT SOURCES, CARAMEL COLOR, CULTURED WHEY, MALTODEXTRIN, GARLIC POWDER, SPICE, CELLULOSE GUM, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE, SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, WHEAT), VITAMINS AND MINERALS (NIACINAMIDE, IRON [FERROUS SULFATE], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B6], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], VITAMIN B12), SESAME SEED OIL, CELERY EXTRACT, SOY LECITHIN.

*In bold are the most problematic ingredients.These burgers contain gluten, soy, corn, hydrogenated oil, sugar, artificial colors and flavors. 

After making these homemade quinoa black bean burgers I guarantee you will be ready to kick boxed veggie burgers to the curb too. The best part about these burgers are they taste amazing, have less than 15 ingredients and are healthy (high protein!)…plus, you can pronounce all the ingredients! They also freeze well. Serve this veggie patty with a big salad, put it on a bun or in a lettuce wrap….ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 20-25 oz.  black beans, rinsed and strained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Zest & juice of lime
  • 1 cup bell pepper (any color/combination), chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped (you can use parsley instead if you prefer)
  • 2 egg whites
 
Preheat oven to 380 degrees.
Reserve 1/2 cup black beans and set aside.
Add the remaining beans, 1/2 an onion, garlic, spices, and lime zest/ juice into the bowl of a food process. Turn on “pulse” until the mixture is the texture of a very chunky puree. Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl.
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Sauté 1/2 c. onion and bell peppers with some salt and pepper to taste.
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Mix the sauté mixture with the remaining beans, cooked quinoa, cilantro, egg whites and pureed mixture and stir together to form your mixture.
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Shape the mixture into 10 or 11 patties and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, more if you have time. If you want to make perfect shaped patties, use a Round Egg Ring and fill up half way with the mixture.
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Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the patties to the pan. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.
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Cook them until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Put on baking sheet and bake in oven 15-20min, 380 degrees. 
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For a different variation of a bean burger, check out my husband’s Chipotle Bean Burger recipe!