reduced guilt. [black bean & quinoa veggie burger w. southwestern yogurt sauce]

April 5th, 2013 by | comments


Whoa, two posts in one week? Can’t remember the last time I did that. This week was a little less crazy with work and whatnot, so I took advantage and got to cooking.

After seeing a photo of these veggie burgers online the other day, I had to make them. I’m so glad that I did because they were absolutely delicious, and I will definitely be making them again soon.

black bean & quinoa veggie burger w. southwestern yogurt sauce
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Serves: 6
Makes 6 burgers
  • ½ cup Trader Joe's tricolor quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • Lettuce, for topping
  • Tomatoes, for topping
  • 1-2 avocados, thinly sliced, for topping
  • Yogurt sauce recipe:
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. (or less) cayenne
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, then cover and cook 10-12 minutes, until all water absorbs. Once cooked, remove from heat and cool.
  3. Warm a medium skillet over medium heat, then add olive oil. Once hot, add onion, garlic and ¼ tsp. salt, and cook until translucent and aromatic, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat then transfer onion and garlic to a large bowl. Add black beans. Using a potato masher or fork, mash until a pastry mixture forms.
  4. Next, stir in the tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, cumin, chili powder and remaining ¼ tsp. salt. Stir in the quinoa, oats and flour until well mixed.
  5. Form the mixture into 6 equal patties, compacting them well with your hands as you form them. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, then place the patties on the sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  6. When ready to cook, place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes total; 10 minutes on one side, then carefully flip over and cook for another 10 minutes, until patties are golden brown and crispy.
  7. For the yogurt sauce: In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Refrigerate.
  8. Serve patties on toasted whole wheat buns then top with lettuce, tomato, avocado slices and yogurt sauce.
Recipe adapted from The Foodie Physician.




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