Sunday, April 27, 2014

Make This: Semi Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

I have followed a pescetarian diet strictly for a year now… and the only food I gave up that I still crave are cheeseburgers. There are a lot of veggie burger substitutes on the market, 
but non of them can match the texture or flavor of a real burger. 
Plus, most of the veggie burgers out there have ingredients listed that no one can pronounce!

This black bean burger recipe is a game changer! I call it semi-homemade only because I used a packaged Quinoa for the base. Fresh ingredients, full of flavor, great texture (not like chewing on a piece of rubber. Fellow vegos and pesces know what I mean…) Not to mention, the recipe is easily customized to suit your taste! Get creative! Your taste buds will thank you.
  • 1 can black beans, unsalted
  • 1 package red pepper quinoa (I used this one)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (If you don’t have bread crumbs, just toast 4 slices of wheat bread and 
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn (canned, fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Tapitio)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced

  1. Prepare the quinoa according to the directions on the package. Let cook while you do the prep work for the rest of the recipe. 
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork leaving some whole black beans in a re-fried-like mixture.
  3. Mix the black beans, bread crumbs, bell pepper, corn, onion, garlic, hot  sauce, and egg into the cooked quinoa using a rubber spatula, sturdy spoon… or your hands.
  4. Form the mixture into patties and place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the patties at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown and crispy on the outside. 

If you are making the patties to store and eat throughout the week, you can refrigerate the patties in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or freeze them in a zip lock bag for up to one week. If you choose to freeze them, I recommend placing a piece of parchment or wax paper in between each patty so that they don’t stick together. Just warm them up in the microwave for 1 minute or pop them back in the oven until warmed through.
Now go veg out! Literally!
xoxo - Sugar Dame

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