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No Meat, No Problem: Try This Supreme Crispy Quinoa Vegetable Burger

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.

Shopping List

  • 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

Directions

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.

Veg burger done

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.

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