Sunday, March 25, 2012

Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

I had no idea what to make for dinner until I opened the pantry and saw a package of tricolor Quinoa from Trader Joes. 

I just happened to see a recipe on the back of the package for black bean and quinoa veggie burgers and that is what turned into dinner.  I made them into sliders and topped with pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado.  Don't forget vegenaise and mustard!  Also, we had tater-tots on the side, just because...

Here's the recipe from the back of the package, but -- Warning:  This recipe isn't vegan.  It calls for an egg.  And I used one.   Oops.

6 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup red bell peppers, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, diced small (I used about 1/4 cup white onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves ( Skipped this because didn't have)
1 can black beans, drained (Used dry beans, cooked, 1 cup)
2 cups quinoa, cooked according to package
1 egg, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs (didn't end up using, see below)
TJ's Everyday Seasoning, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, add red peppers and saute until slightly soft, about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and shallot and continue to saute until soft.  Remove from heat, cool for a few minutes and combine with beans and cilantro; add to food processor and pulse until chunky.  Blend mixture with quinoa, salt and pepper.  Taste; adjust seasoning if needed.  Add a beaten egg and mix well.

Divide into 7 or 8 patties and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.  Season bread crumbs with Everyday Seasoning; salt and pepper to taste.  Dredge patties in bread crumbs.  (Okay, I tried this, and they just crumbled to pieces when I tried to put them in the bread crumbs.  Skipped.)  Fry in remaining olive oil until browned.  About 3 minutes on each side.

These were pretty good, but even with the egg to hold it together they were really crumbly and fell apart easily.  I just don't get it!  How do people make veggie burgers from scratch?  Especially vegan ones, because those have NEVER turned out for me. 

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