Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quinoa Black Bean Patties

Brett and I just finished eating some of the tastiest quinoa burgers I've ever had! We got the recipe while shopping at Trader Joe's last week. It was on the back of a package of their Tricolor Quinoa. We thought it sounded good and decided to buy all the ingredients we needed then and there. I think they turned out great. The flavor was amazing! I will warn you, though, if you like a meaty, rough consistency, these might not be the best choice for you! I would not try to grill them, but they turned out perfect fried up in a pan. We used ciabatta rolls instead of regular buns and topped them with avocado! Yum!

Quinoa Black Bean Patties

Takes about 1 hour to prepare and feeds about hungry 6 people.

6 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup red bell peppers, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, diced small (I used green onion)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup black beans
3 cups quinoa, cooked in veggie broth
2 cups bread crumbs
salt & pepper to taste


1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, add red pepper and saute until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa.



2. Add garlic and shallot (green onion) and combine to saute until soft.


3. Remove from heat, cool for several minutes and combine with black beans and cilantro. Add this mixture to food processor and pulse until chunky.





4. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, add it to the black bean mixture in the food processor and blend. Add salt & pepper to taste.


5. Divide into 7-8 patties and refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes. I suggest making the patties on the small side to make frying a bit easier.


6. Once the patties are cooled and a bit more firm, dredge them in bread crumbs that have been seasoned with salt & pepper.

7. Fry patties in remaining olive oil (or use more, if needed), about 3 minutes each side.



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