We have eaten so many veggie burgers over the years but never found one that we really loved, one that made us say, “This is a great burger!” We call these burgers “supreme” because they truly are. The beans and vegetables keep them moist on the inside, and the quinoa adds a mouthwatering crunch when you bite into them.
- 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup organic canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions
- 1/2 cup peeled and finely chopped carrots
- 1/4 cup plain Breadcrumbs
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 multigrain hamburger buns
- 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced (optional)
- Your favorite burger toppings for serving
Combine the quinoa and vegetable broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, set aside and let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mash the beans with a potato masher, making sure to leave a few chunks. Add the scallions, carrots, breadcrumbs, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper and mix well. Add the cooked quinoa and the egg and combine.
Using your hands, form the mixture into four individual patties and place on a platter.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until shimmering. Reduce the heat to medium, place the patties in the pan, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip and brown the other sides, about 5 minutes more. Assemble the burgers and buns on a platter. Top with slices of avocado, if desired, and serve with your favorite toppings.
Food for Thought
Quinoa has been called a “super grain” and it’s the grain of the moment (even if technically it’s not a grain). This isn’t just hype. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat, and that protein is complete in that it contains all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa also has twice as much fiber as most other grains.