Thursday, March 8, 2012

Black Bean-Quinoa Burgers

Source: Vegetarian Times (slightly modified by Aimee)
Makes 8 burgers

1/2 cup quinoa
1 TB oil for frying
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
1/2 tsp salt (plus extra to taste)

1. Stir together quinoa and 1 1/4 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375. Heat oil in skillet and saute onion & mushrooms until softened. Stir in 1/2 cup water, 3/4 cup of the black beans, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, & sage. Simmer 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
3. Transfer onion mixture to food processor, add 3/4 cup of the cooked quinoa, and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl & add remaining beans, quinoa, & salt (mixture will be mushy).
4. On oiled baking sheet, spoon mixture into 8 spots and flatten into patties. Bake 20 minutes per side (be careful when flipping over... patties can break apart easily). Serve on a bun with condiments or alone with aioli.

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