QUINOA BLACK BEANS VEGGIE BURGERS
This post is dedicated to my lovely yoga student, S. who wants to lighten up her family's meals by adding "meaty" vegan dishes.
1 onion, finely chopped
8 white (or any other kind) mushrooms, finely chopped
2 cups cooked black beans (or 1.5 can black beans) rinsed and drained
3 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
The same spices you use for making "real" steaks and/or burgers
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Tahini - a must. this is the egg substitute. I buy it here
Preheat oven to 375F - 400F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onions. When onions soften and start to brown add the mushrooms for another 10 minutes or until all liquids evaporate.
Meanwhile, In a large bowl, add black beans; mash with a fork, leaving some texture. Add cooked quinoa, crushed walnuts, The fried onion and mushrooms and all the rest of the ingredients.
Mix all ingredients together. Form 8-12 patties depending on desired size (see Place on baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes, flip, then bake for 10-20 more minutes, until browned and crispy.
Serve on a lettuce-leaf to make a lettuce wrap or whole-wheat hamburger bun with vegan mayonnaise, guacamole, barbecue sauce, and other desired toppings.