Monday, August 12, 2013

black bean + beet burgers

I love making veggie burgers. There is just so much you can do, the possibilities are endless. I made this batch a huge one because I am freezing most of them to have later, when I don't have time to make dinner. I'm sure it will work fine just doing a half batch too!

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 large carrot (or two small)
  • 1 large beet (or two small)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • handful fresh basil
  • handful fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp bragg's liquid amino acids
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Cook the quinoa first, as directed, and set aside. (I just throw mine in my rice cooker, 2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa.) Next, in either a food processor or blender, grind oats into a coarse flour.

Peel the beet. Coarsely chop the beet, carrot, garlic, and spring onions. De-stem the herbs. Chop all veggies in a food processor, either at the same time or in increments, which is what I had to do since my chopper is so tiny! Transfer into a large bowl. Pulse the two cans of black beans (rinsed) in the food processor so they are chopped but still chunky. Add to the bowl of veggies along with spices, bragg's, and olive oil. Add the oat flour, bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, and all of the quinoa. (It should have made almost two cups cooked quinoa.)

Once everything is folded in evenly, form into burger-sized patties. It actually looks and kind of feels like real burger! So weird! I cooked my burgers on a gas grill with a little grill plate, they held together really well, so you could try cooking them right on the racks, but I didn't want to risk losing any through the cracks! About 5 to 8 minutes on each side, depending on your grill heat.

This batch makes 12 to 15 burgers, depending on the size patties you prefer. I didn't have anything to put my burgers in tonight so I just threw it on top of a salad with some cucumber and avocado. With burgers like these, you don't need a bun! Enjoy!

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