I love to eat healthy burgers. I usually will make a big batch of them and then individually freeze them so that if I’m in a hurry at night or running the kids around and don’t have time to make dinner I can easy cook up a delicious burger. You can cook them in the oven, on the grill, in a pan, or in a toaster oven.
I have blogged about two different vegan burgers in the past (go back and find those great recipes in you want to make a variety of burgers). This one I decided to try with quinoa since I had a nice bag of Bob’s Red Mill quinoa in the pantry.
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I used the ones in oil for more flavor)
1 1/2 cups black beans (cooked, or canned)
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1-2 teaspoons cumin
sea salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste (I like a little kick)
Put onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes in pan and saute for a couple of minutes. Add this mixture, half of the black beans and the seasonings to food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Add half of the quinoa and chopped walnuts and pulse a few more times. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the other half of the quinoa and the other half of the black beans.
Form into patties. Refrigerate for an hour to firm them up and then cook them or freeze them for later.
Cook them with whatever method you like and then garnish with your toppings of choice. I like to eat mine with some beautiful green kale or spinach and some tomato and avocado. They are great on whole grain buns with onion, tomato and sprouts. Spread some hummus or mashed avocado on the bun and put thin slices of cucumber on it. However you like it. Be kind to our animal friends and eat a protein packed quinoa and bean burger instead.
Choosing healthy living over dying :)