Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

Even though I'm a vegetarian doesn't mean I don't love a good burger!  I've never been a huge fan of frozen vegetarian "meat" substances.  They're full of so many things I can't even pronounce!  I've tried a few different variations of veggie burgers before, but this one may be *the* one.  Not to mention it's chocked full of protein.  Can't beat that!
Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers
Makes 4 patties

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups black beans
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup bell pepper, minced
1/4 cup onion, minced
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

1.  Cook the quinoa in 1/2 cup of water as directed on the package.  While the quinoa is cooking, mash the black beans and egg in a large bowl with a fork or potato masher.

2.  Once beans are mashed and combined with the egg, add in the additional ingredients.  Mix well and score the mixture into four equal parts; make into patties.

3.  Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Cook patties for 3-5 minutes per side.  Or, wrap individually in Saran Wrap and freeze.  Enjoy!

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