Quinoa Black Bean Burger

I took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee last weekend and it has officially become my new favorite city. I fell in love with Country music all over again, along with hot chicken. Hot Chicken is like crack. If I stayed there one more day I probably would have become a chicken (shout out to Biscuit Love and Haddie B’s for feeding me so well).

Anyway, after eating fried chicken and beer for 5 days straight, my body is disappointed in me. So, I challenged myself to eat a vegetarian diet for one week. I’ve had to research and come up with new recipes to avoid eating meat, but so far so good! Today is day 4, and I feel great!

I’ve always loved veggie burgers more than normal beef burgers so this meal was a no brainer for me. It is protein packed, easy to make, and of course delicious. I ate my burger on top of a salad to give myself extra veggies, but it tastes just as good decked out on a bun with all the works.

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The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup quinoa + 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced bell pepper – I used green, any color works
  • 1/4 cup minced mushroom
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Franks Red Hot sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp olive oil/butter

Steps

  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a pan. Let simmer until all water is absorbed. About 10 minutes
  2. Mash the black beans to create a paste like texture. Leave some whole.
  3. Mix the quinoa, bread crumbs, pepper, onion, garlic powder, hot pepper, mushrooms and egg into the black beans using your hands.
  4. Using your hands, create patties with the mixture. You will be able to make about 5, depending on the size.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet.
  6. Cook the patties on the skillet until heated through. Each side will look golden. About 3 minutes per side.

I love that bean burgers fall apart. But if you want yours to hold together a little tighter, you can add more breadcrumbs to the mixture and cook the pattie longer.

Day 4 is almost over and I am super excited to try even more veggie packed recipes! Stay tuned!

-@DishesbyD

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