To our Consume Room followers:
We didn’t disappear – we’ve just been busy with other life ventures. But we’ve returned and we’re bearing gifts of exciting new culinary creations!
Lately, I’m finding that I’ve become incredibly picky when it comes to the food I consume. It’s not a bad thing considering all the junk that’s found in the foods we eat. I’ve learned that the simpler the ingredients – the better.
I love Black Bean Burgers. But I don’t like the processed kind they sell in the frozen food section. So I found a nutritious, homemade Quinoa & Black Bean Burger on Pinterest via Washingtonian. It’s a fun version because it’s made with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese; which gives it an Italian feel.
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 1/3 cup uncooked Quinoa
– 2 cans of Black Beans (14.5 oz. each)
– 1 Egg
– 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese, shredded
– 1/4 of an Onion, chopped (I used a sweet onion.)
– 1/2 cup of Sun-dried Tomatoes, chopped
– 2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
– 4 tbsp. Basil, chopped
– Salt & Pepper, to taste
**This recipe yields 6 patties.
Cook quinoa. (Rinse quinoa in strainer. Then place in medium saucepan with 3/4 cup of water. Cook to a boil, cover, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.)
While quinoa is cooking, rinse one can of beans and place in a mixing bowl. Then mash with a fork.
Rinse the other can of beans and add to mashed beans. Do not mash the added beans.
Beat egg and add to the mixing bowl.
Add the onion, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Combine well.
Add the cooked quinoa.
Mix everything together until fully incorporated.
With clean hands, form the mixture into patties.
Spray skillet with non-stick spray. Cook patties over medium heat. Cook each side for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
Then serve. I put mine in a whole wheat pita with sliced tomato and spinach. My mother had hers on a traditional hamburger bun.
Since it was my “maiden voyage” in black bean burgers, there is always room for improvement
My parents suggested cooking the patties a little longer. They also suggested using another ingredient to bind the patties better, such as bread crumbs or oats.
I think they’d be good drizzled with a spicy ranch or guacamole.
Cooking is all about trial and error, right? Regardless of their lack of perfection, they were delicious! If you’re looking for a lighter, meatless burger, I highly recommend these.
Happy Eating on this lovely Sunday!