I’m definitely not a vegetarian, but there are times when a veggie burger just really hits the spot. There are plenty of variations in veggies you can use in a veggie burger, but I decided to share the old stand by with you guys — the black bean burger.
I decided to replace the breadcrumbs with quinoa (actually, I just realized I was out of breadcrumbs and had to improvise…woops!) and added some sweet potato to help thicken the mixture. Top these burgers with avocado, tomatoes, mushrooms, or whatever other veggies you have lying around and you have a healthy alternative to a burger!
Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
- 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 medium sweet onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 10 cranks fresh black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 egg
- 1 1/5 cups cooked sweet potato
- 1 tbls. olive oil
- buns, toppings, etc.
- Place the black beans, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and crushed red pepper in the food processor. Pulse on low until the beans are broken up and the mixture begins to come together.
- Remove the mixture from the food processor and combine in a bowl with quinoa, egg, and sweet potato. Stir until evenly combined.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Form the mixture into patties (I got about 9 medium patties from this mixture).
- Heat an oven-safe pan over medium heat with olive oil. Brown each side of the patty for 4-5 minutes per side.
- Place the pan in the preheated oven and cook 15-20 minutes, or until the patties are set and firm.
- Enjoy on buns with your favorite toppings!