Whether you are looking for a new twist on your traditional veggie burger recipe, are horrified by the recent news about bacon and/or your veggie products, or are just inspired to figure out how to make these in lieu of the common frozen variety ... I highly recommend this recipe!
Using quick oats vs. seasoned bread crumbs really made the difference - it helped create a more hearty patty that has great texture! The addition of the chiles en adobo and v8 juice also keep the beans and quinoa moist while providing tons of flavor. (The v8 is a nod to my mother and her famous meatloaf recipe! I have fond memories from when I was younger of helping her mix v8 into the ground meat with my bare hands)
These burgers are not only packed with flavor but they are loaded with protein ("Quinoa is a complete protein")! You will not leave dinner hungry. I served mine along side sauteed kale and red pepper hummus ... next time I will totally load this up with all the burger fixin's on a toasted bulkie roll #nomnomnom
Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
1 can of black beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 small can chilles en adobo (pureed)
1 cup quick oats, more or less (uncooked)
2/3 cup frozen peas/carrots/corn (thawed)
1/4 cup v8 juice
1/4 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper, Cumin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Saute the garlic, onion, and jalapeno in 2 tbsp olive oil until softened, about 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine pureed chiles with black beans and mash with fork (or puree beans with chiles ... I prefer them chunky and visible).
Add cooked quinoa and onions/garlic/jalapeno , v8, and thawed peas (or carrots or corn) to the mixture. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Add cumin to taste. Beat in one egg. Finally, gradually add the uncooked oats. You are looking for a moist patty that will hold its shape but is not too dry. They will hold together in the oven due to the egg - so don't over due it!
Lightly coat the bottom of a sheet pan with cooking spray and evenly space patties. Cook for 10 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for 10 more minutes. You may need to re-spray when you flip!
Optional: To serve - heat a cast iron skillet on medium high. Add canola oil. Sear each side of the patty for a crispy crust!
Serve with your favorite burger fixins :)