I am all about cooking on the breaks. And so on the lovely 4th of July weekend, I came home and cooked and cooked and cooked.
Maybe inspired by the many toppings of the customized burgers at The Counter, I had an itch to make quinoa and black bean burgers with different topping combinations; I asked everyone (um… my mom and dad) what their favorite burger toppings would be.
It was so much fun preparing all of the “condiments” and the burgers themselves, which although a bit crumbly (live and learn), were very delish.
Red Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
Adapted from this recipe
3 cups canned black beans, drained and smooshed a little
1 1/2 cups cooked red quinoa
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup green bell pepper, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup red bell pepper, 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small white onion, 1/4-inch dice
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Add olive oil to a skillet and sautee the onion until caramelized. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, add the smushed black beans, cooked quinoa, oatmeal, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, and sea salt to the onions and mix with your hands. Try to get the black beans integrated so that the patties stay together. Make 6 patties and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This will help the patties set up a bit.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 20-30 minutes until warmed through and crispy on the outside.
Burger #1 – Me
Burger atop garden lettuce with goat cheese and mango chutney.
Burger #2 – Dad
Whole wheat hamburger bun; burger + lettuce, bleu cheese, avocado, red onion, sautéed mushrooms, jalepeno peppers and a side salad.
Burger #3 – Mom
Burger atop garden lettuce with hummus, tomato, avocado and red onion.
We all devoured the burgers and ate seconds… and of course we all tried the various toppings. So yummy!
To sauté mushrooms, I sliced up some cremini mushrooms from a farmer’s market in my town and cooked them in olive oil for about 4 minutes, in a single layer to brown rather than steam them, with some dried thyme. They were super good!
All in all, a delicious dinner that I had a lot of fun making!