This summer has given me so many creative eating experiences! Keith and I have been entertaining often, and when it’s a smaller crowd we like to turn up the hipster heat and make our own veggie burgers. After trying three different recipes (and me sampling them), we finalized and tweaked this simple quinoa-based burger with some chili pepper and sun-dried tomatoes.
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
- 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped (¼ cup)
- 1½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced ( about 2 tsp.)
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 8 whole-grain hamburger buns
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Stir together quinoa and 1½ cups water in small saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. (You should have 1½ cups cooked quinoa.)
- Meanwhile, place onion and sun-dried tomatoes in medium nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat. (The oil left on the tomatoes should be enough to sauté the onion.) Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion has softened. Stir in ¾ cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning, and 1½ cups water. Simmer 9 to 11 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
- Transfer bean-onion mixture to food processor, add ¾ cup cooked quinoa, and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl, and stir in remaining ¾ cup quinoa and remaining ¾ cup black beans. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and cool.
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape bean mixture into 8 patties (½ cup each), and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until patties are crisp on top. Flip patties with spatula, and bake 10 minutes more, or until both sides are crisp and brown. Serve on buns.
- Instead of cooking the burgers as mentioned above, you can also bake for 10 minutes on each side and then grill for 10 on your grill for a smokey flavor.
We make these all summer long. They’re easy, cheap, and they hold together nicely. I top mine with some grilled vidalia onion and a little bit of lettuce. Do you eat veggie burgers? Have you ever made your own?