quinoa red bean burgers!

10 Dec

i went totally in the dark with these quinoa burgers and just did what I thought would work..they didn’t come out the way i had wanted them too, but they are still totally delicious!

What You Need for 6 patties:

1/2 cup of dry quinoa, cooked in 1 cups of water

2 carrots, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

4-6 cremini mushrooms (cremini are baby portabello)

1 leek, thinly sliced up to the dark green parts

1 can or 12-14 oz red beans, black beans, garbanzos, white beans, whatever! drained and rinsed.

1 egg beaten

salt and pepper

note: i made the patties with one egg and no beans the first time and they didn’t hold together the way i wanted them too so i added mushed beans to a few of the patties and they came out properly. i didn’t take pictures of those burgers at all because i was more just trying to figure out the proper technique so please note that the burgers pictured are a different color than yours will be! yours will be a different color depending on what type of beans you use!!

so, cook the quinoa. just boil 1/2 cup quinoa,1 cups of water and a pinch of salt and then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes or until all the qater is absorbed. then just set it aside.

so, slice the mushrooms so they are all about the same size pieces. heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a skillet, add the leeks and saute until soft.

Add in the garlic, saute for a minute until fragrant.

Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the mushrooms to the skillet, add a drop more oil if necessary. let the mushrooms sit on each side for about 8 minutes until really, really, really browned. not burnt but dark brown. you really want them to caramelize because that deep mushroom flavor is what will add richness and meatiness to the burgers.

while the mushrooms are browning, chop up a carrot and set it aside with the leeks and garlic.

in a food processor, whirl up the beans so that they are a nice happy mushy bean paste. remove from the processor and set aside. then add in the carrots, leeks, garlic, mushrooms and  half of the quinoa and 1/2 of the beaten egg (discard the other half, you only need a little to bind) and process until all combined and finely minced.

i decided to leave half the quinoa un-mushed just for the texture and appearance.

in a bowl combine the mixture from the food processor, the bean mash and the unprocessed quinoa and fold all together.

add salt and pepper.

form the mixture into patties and set on a sheet pan lined with parchment and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours so that the mixture sets.

once set, heat a saute pan on medium heat, add a t of olive oil and add the burgers one or two at a time and let sit on each side until a golden brown crust forms-approx 7 minutes per side.

serve wrapped in ice berg lettuce or on a honey wheat bun with avocado 🙂

quinoa bean burgers printable recipe

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One Response to “quinoa red bean burgers!”

  1. Sandy December 11, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Yum! Hoping I can pull this one off!

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