Vegan Black Bean & Quinoa Burger

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This recipe makes 16 large, delicious burgers. It’s always great to make this amount so you can freeze the patties and de-frost them when you’re craving a burger night!  

This dish was originally created for Burger Night during the 2020 retreat season at the Farm of Life in Costa Rica, and was absolutely enjoyed by many!

Ingredients

1.5 cup Quinoa dry, 3 cups cooked – can be prepared in water or veggie stock

3 cups Black Beans (dry, soaked and prepared in pressure cooker) or 7 cups cooked/canned

3 cups mushrooms of choice, diced – I like cremini for this recipe

6-8 Garlic cloves, depending on your preference 

2 medium leeks, sliced and soaked in water to rinse out dirt. Can be substituted for cooking onion if you dont have any leeks on hand.

2 red peppers, diced 

Juice of 3 limes or lemons 

3 Tbsp ground flax + 6 Tbsp warm water, let sit for 5 minutes  

 1 – 1 1/4  cup oat flour (ground from gluten free rolled oats) 

Cayenne pepper as desired

3 tbsp chili powder 

3 tbsp ground cumin 

3 tbsp paprika 

2 tsp Salt

2-3 tbsp virgin coconut oil to sautée leeks, mushrooms, etc as well as to grease the pan.

Taste mixture and add more spices, lime or salt as needed 

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Method

  1. Cook quinoa and black beans according to package, let cool enough to handle. 
  2. Prepare flax egg and let side for 5 minutes.
  3. Sautee chopped and cleaned leeks in oil for about 3-5 minutes on LOW to MEDIUM heat. Add minced garlic, mushrooms and red peppers and sautee for another 5 minutes. Set aside. 
  4. In a large bowl, add cooked  black beans, mash with a fork or potato masher (I like to  leave some beans whole)
  5. Then add in flax, oat flour, sautéed vegetables, cooked quinoa, salt, and seasonings. Mix all ingredients together. Texture should be wet and slightly sticky, but not too sticky to be able to make the patties. Add more oat flour if needed.

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  6. Fill a 1 cup measuring cup to 3/4 full with the burger filling, and make a patty with your hands. Make the patty thicker to start and once you cook it in the plan you can flatten it out with a spatula.  
  7. Allow the burgers to sit in the fridge for 1 hour before cooking.
  8. Cook all or Freeze some and cook at a later date. 
  9. On the flat electric pan or in a pan heat oil on LOW to MEDIUM heat – sear black bean patties for 4 minutes on each side or until burgers are cooked through and brown on each side.

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