Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

I think the best kind of comfort food is the kind you don't have to feel guilty about eating. After experimenting with different ingredient combinations in order to create a vegan burger, guiltless comfort may just be what we have here. I like the taste and texture of these so much it’s becoming my go-to burger recipe. Quinoa and beans fill these burgers with protein, walnuts add a little crunch, the onion adds sweetness, and jalapeños follow through with some heat. Try them -  your quest for the perfect plant-based burger might end right here!

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Yield

Makes about 8 patties

Prep time

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How it's made

½ cup quinoa

 

Place in a medium pot and bring to boil. Lower the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, still covered, for another 5 minutes.

1 cup water

 

1 tbsp chia seeds

 

Mix together in a small bowl, and let sit for 10 minutes.

3 tbsp water

 

1 14oz can black beans, mashed (or 1¾ cup cooked beans if cooking your own)

 

Place all together in a large bowl. Add quinoa and chia seeds from above. Mix by hand until everything is nicely combined.

1 yellow onion, diced

¼ cup flour

½ cup walnuts, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 jalapeños, diced (optional)

1 tbsp paprika

1 ½ tsp cumin

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

 

2 tbsp vegetable oil, or as needed

 

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Start with 2 tbsp and add more as needed while frying the patties.

 

Wet your hands. Take ¼ cup of the quinoa/bean mixture and form a ball, then flatten it with your palms until you create a patty. Place into the hot oil. Repeat with the rest of the quinoa/bean mixture. Cook patties on one side for about 5 minutes, then flip and fry another 3 minutes on the other side.

Helpful tips

These patties can be stored in the fridge for 2 days, or they can also be frozen for up to 1 month. To reheat from the fridge, simply place the patties onto a frying pan and heat over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. To cook patties from the freezer, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and place the patties onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until warm.

These patties can be treated like any burger patty. Simply place them inside a burger bun and top with your favourite toppings; such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. For saucy types, try spreading our Tangy Chilli Sauce.