Lunch Recipes 

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

What's there not to love about quinoa? It's easy to make and full of nutrients. Quinoa is a great source of protein, iron, and fiber, which is why we incorporated it into our first meatless burger. The combination of quinoa and black beans gives this recipe its burger-like texture. The added seasonings create layers of flavor that will wow your taste buds. In fact, all 5 of my kids love these burgers and for me that's a huge accomplishment.

Serve these healthy quinoa black bean burgers over greens or on a whole grain bun. Either way, topping them off with sliced avocado and tomato, drizzled with balsamic glaze is a must!

Ingredients

(5 servings)

  • 1 ½ c quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning 
  • 2 Tablespoons bread crumbs, garlic seasoned
  • 1 Tablespoon teriyaki marinade
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 Teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (½ tablespoon for grill pan)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 2 ½ c baby kale greens
  • balsamic glaze, to taste

Directions

1. Mash the beans until they form a paste.

2. Mix together the quinoa, onion, cilantro, garlic and herb seasoning, bread crumbs, teriyaki marinade, cumin, hot sauce, and olive oil.  Add this mixture to the black bean paste. 

3. Form 5 quinoa black bean patties.

4. Lightly coat a grill pan with olive oil.

5. Cook patties for approximately 1-2 minutes per side on medium-high heat.

*We plated our burgers over baby kale greens; topped them with sliced avocado and tomato, then drizzled with balsamic glaze.

~Happy Healthy Eating!

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