I have been wanting to make black bean burgers for a long time and finally decided to give it a try today. I had the whole day to essentially do nothing, so I thought I would spend some time and experiment with making veggie burgers.
I have had some really good black bean based burgers in the past so I knew that was the route I wanted to go. I’ve also had veggie burgers with quinoa, and since I love using quinoa in a lot of my meals, I thought what better way to incorporate that into the veggie burgers.
The only complaint I have with the burgers (they are amazing!) is the difficulty I had in getting them to stick together. So, if you have any suggestions please let me know! I will continue to experiment with them and see how I can keep them stuck together better!
Anyways, I kept the ingredient list simple and was luckily able to use the vegetables from my garden.
- 1 zucchini
- 1/4 white onion
- handful of chives
- organic black beans
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (because I could NOT find fresh garlic at the store)
- 1/2 cup quinoa
The first thing I did was cook the quinoa to get that started. While the quinoa was cooking I chopped up the chives. I love adding chives to a lot of my meals. I have a lot of chives growing in my garden so I just take a handful and it quickly grows back.
I cut the zucchini into slices and then put it in my food processor. My food processor is a manual one, so I always cut things up before I put them in. I did the same for the onion and the black beans (minus chopping those up).
I then combined everything in one big bowl, including the quinoa and spices.
I then used a spoon to stir/smash everything together. Once the ingredients were blended I got a handful and made the shape I wanted and put it on a cutting board.
In the meantime I had a skillet with extra virgin olive oil heating up.
I carefully flipped the burgers over once I could see they were cooked on the bottom. After both sides were cooked I transferred them to another cutting mat to cool off. I froze most of them for quick meals during the school week.
I used fresh kale from my garden as a bun and put some spicy horseradish sauce on top.
These were AMAZING! Most of the burger stayed in tact, but some of it did crumble (hence the fork).
These were extremely easy to make, extremely healthy, and extremely delicious!