Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers are made from a mixture of cooked quinoa, black beans, salsa, crushed tortilla chips and taco seasoning. Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers are a great choice for Meatless Mondays or anytime you want a meatless meal. “Meatless Mondays” is a movement in the USA aimed at reducing our carbon footprint while at the same time improving our health status.
I’m always really surprised when I go to a “big box” store such as Costco’s or Sam’s Club and look at the prices for veggie burgers. Making your own veggie burgers is not difficult and you have the added advantage of knowing exactly what ingredients go into them while you’re saving money by making them at home.
Many people save money by adding meatless meals to their weekly menus. Meatless meals are built around vegetables, beans, grains and nuts instead of meat (which tends to be more expensive). Meatless meals offer health benefits. There is no cholesterol in plant-based foods, in fact, the soluble fiber in beans and lentils helps reduce cholesterol. Beans and vegetables are full of fiber which makes one feel “full” or satiated, promotes digestion and prevents constipation. Less meat in the diet may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity.
In other parts of the world meatless meals are commonly on the daily menu. In Latin America beans are often consumed with rice and/or tortillas. In the Middle East bulgur wheat may be combined with chickpeas, falafel (made of chickpeas) may be eaten with pita bread, and hummus (also made of chickpeas) is popular. In Asian countries soy is combined with rice, barley, wheat or millet. These cuisines offer many delicious meatless dishes.
Millions of people around the globe follow a vegetarian diet, either because meat is scarce or for religious, philosophical and/or health reasons. Others just enjoy an occasional vegetarian meal and/or like to save some money by skipping meat once or several times a week.
The Recipe for Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork.
- In a large bowl, mash black beans. Add salsa, crushed tortilla chips, taco seasoning and cooked quinoa; mix well.
- Shape the mixture into eight 1/4" thick patties.
- Grill, covered, over medium heat 5-6 minutes on each side or until heated through.
- To bake veggie burgers, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place burgers on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through, turning once.
When I make Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers I place the black beans in a mini food processor and chop them coarsely. I use baked tortilla chips called Scoops and I crush them between sheets of wax paper by rolling over them with a rolling pin. The chips are not difficult to crush – you could also just use your hands to do this.
This recipe makes 8 veggie burgers. I use an ice cream scoop to make equal portions, then flatten them with the palm of my hand.
The Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers freeze well. I wrap them in wax paper then place them in a freezer zip-lock bag. I have a grill pan to cook the veggie burgers on top of the stove – that way I get the grill marks without firing up the grill outside!
My favorite way to serve Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers is to place them on a hamburger bun with a slice of tomato and some lettuce. I sometimes melt a slice of cheese on them but they are really tasty even without the cheese. Sweet potato fries are the perfect side to go with Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers, too.
If you enjoy an occasional vegetarian entrée, you might also like an earlier Silver Foodie post in which there are two vegetarian recipes – Black Bean Burrito Bake and Bulgur Veggie Burgers with Lime Mayonnaise. Click here if you would like to see these recipes. You may also like Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas.
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