Black bean and quinoa veggie burgers made with real veggies.
The reason I say “made with real veggies” is because not all of the store bought packaged burgers are. Sure they may have some thrown in, but most vegan burgers have loads of added salt and oil that aren’t necessary in my opinion. Is it too much to ask that my veggie burger be made of just, dare I say, veggies?
That is exactly what I set out to do. Although I did add some flax and quinoa, it is primarily just vegetables. No added salt. No added oils.
My go-to packaged vegan burgers are the Dr. Praegers California Veggies Burgers. They are delicious and convenient when you don’t have time to make your own. However, cooking them yourself is always best. You know exactly what is going into them and have the freedom to experiment with different ingredients. The greatest thing about making your own is you can make a whole batch in advance and then individually wrap and freeze them for later use. Talk about meal prep made easy!
Also, since you won’t be cooking with raw meat or eggs you’ll be able to taste as you go to get your ideal burger.
“The secret is in the seasoning.” Wise words from my mom and she’s absolutely right – moms always are.
Yields 7 burgers
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup sweet corn
1/3 cup dry quinoa
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1 clove garlic, minced
Ground pepper to taste
*Your favorite seasonings (cumin, paprika, Italian seasoning, oregano, chili powder, poultry seasoning, etc.) I like using Montreal Chicken seasoning.
1. Make 1 “flax egg” by mixing flax meal with 3 tablespoons water. Let sit in fridge.
2. Place quinoa in a pot with 1 cup water. Bring to boil then reduce to medium low heat and cover. Let cook for 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
3. Mash black beans in a bowl. Add flax egg and cooked quinoa to the bowl and mix.
4. Pour in all remaining ingredients and mix. At this point you may add any other seasoning you would like.
5. Shape into burgers. Wrap and store leftovers in the freezer.
1. Over medium heat spray pan with nonstick spray .
2. Add patty and cook until crisp and brown (about 5 minutes each side).
*These are softer than “normal burgers”, so be cautious when cooking. Flip often to prevent burgers from sticking to the pan.