Black bean quinoa burgers

I finally got around to making these black bean burgers I’ve been fantasizing about for over a week. Totally worth it. And I’m sharing them with you.

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water or stock (I used beef stock to make them a little more like traditional burgers for Hubs)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup TVP (that’s textured vegetable protein. I threw it in because I had it. If you don’t have easy access to it, just skip it or substitute with toasted bread crumbs)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 egg

1. Combine quinoa and water (or stock) in a small pot over high heat. When it reaches a boil, cover and simmer 15 minutes until water is absorbed.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Using a fork or potato masher, gently mash beans and mix ingredients. Leave some chunkiness in the beans. When quinoa is cooked, fold it in to bean mixture.
3. Shape into patties whatever size you like. I made 6 patties. Pan sear over high heat for about 3 minutes per side until heated through.

Our review: 4 out of 5. Everyone enjoyed their burgers. Hubs and Junior even asked for seconds! If you like full flavored foods, bump up the seasonings a bit.

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