With the weather getting nicer, it’s the perfect time to use the barbecue and cook outdoors!

I’ve been looking for a good veggie burger recipe for years. And it’s not that I haven’t tried to make veggie burgers before, but I never had any luck. I’ve used beets, grated sweet potatoes, zucchini – a whole bunch of different ingredients and the whole procedure was so time consuming. And let’s not forget that with each attempt, I threw out all the burgers!

I was still on a mission to find a yummy veggie burger and tried once again. Success!!! First off, this recipe doesn’t have a zillion ingredients and it hardly took any time at all to prepare. We were having a barbecue the other night for supper, so the veggie burgers were cooked on the grill along with everything else. My family loves grilled pineapple with their hamburgers, so I tried it on top of the veggie burger. Oh my God – it was soooooo delicious!!!! I’m sure it tastes just as good baked in the oven!

Do you like veggie burgers? I’d love to know how you make them!
Please feel free to share your ideas and comments below:)

Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Makes 10 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (use 2 cups cooked and the rest you can freeze or use in another salad)
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 cans black beans (15 oz. each), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup ground oatmeal or you could use panko or bread crumbs
  •  1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1 egg

Directions:
Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and cook for 12 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the covered pot on the stove for at least 15 minutes. Allow the quinoa to cool and then fluff with a fork.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork or a potato masher together until a pasty mixture forms. Put the cooked quinoa, ground oatmeal, chopped red pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper sauce and egg into the black beans and mix together using your hands.

Form 10 patties, place them on a dish, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours.
When ready to eat preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the patties on the sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the patties are golden brown and crispy, then carefully flip the over and cook another 10 minutes. You can also grill them on a barbeque.

If you don’t need to cook them all, freeze the remainder patties and use for another time.

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