Quinoa Black Bean Zucchini “Burgers”

Quinoa Black Bean Zucchini “Burgers”

I love a juicy burger as much as the next gal but let’s face it, scarfing a quarter pounder with cheese doesn’t exactly put you on the healthy train. I am not going to pretend that my vegetarian “burgers” made from quinoa, black beans, and zucchini will be as finger-licking good as your typical beef or bison burger, but they are yummy and darn good for you!

Quinoa is a whole grain and complete protein (meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids). It’s also a great source of fiber, iron, and magnesium.  As mentioned in an earlier post on my 3-Alarm Turkey Chili, beans are a full of fiber and phytonutrients—naturally occurring chemical compounds found only in plants that are proven to have important disease fighting and antioxidant properties. And zucchini? Well it’s an excellent source of vitamin A, beta carotene, and folate.

These patties are vegetarian and can be made gluten-free as well. Eat them on their lonesome, slap them on a salad, or top them with a poached egg for a protein-packed post-workout meal. Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed and mashed
  • ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It:

  1. Bring 2 cups water and 1 cup quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed (about 10-15 min). Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and spread out to cool for about 15 min.
  2. Add zucchini, black beans, eggs, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, spices, and salt and pepper to the quinoa. Use your hands to thoroughly combine all ingredients and squeeze the mixture to bring it together.
  3. Shape eight patties from your mixture. Place them on a large plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 30 min.
  4. Heat 2 tsp olive oil on a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties, reduce heat to medium, and cook until golden brown (3-4 min per side).

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