Quinoa & Black Bean Burgers and Weekend Highlights!

I’ve never attempted to make my own burger before so I wasn’t quite sure how this one was going to turn out, however, I was pleasantly surprised by these delicious meatless burgers! In the past, I ate a lot of store bought veggie burgers, mostly for convenience purposes, but after taking a look at the labels I realized that many of them  have lots of extra additives/preservatives and are very skimpy on protein. Yuck.

These quinoa and black bean burgers, however, are full of protein, fiber, and lots of flavor without any hard-to-pronounce ingredients. The black beans hold the “burgers” together and the quinoa adds such a great texture that I promise even meat lovers will love these!

Just to testify even more to how delicious these are: I made them on Friday for a dinner gathering and then AGAIN tonight for my roommate and I.  They were equally delicious both nights and were a huge hit. We ate them without a traditional bun and ate them over a bed of sauteed kale and roasted sweet potatoes. YUM CITY. Promise. Brooke and I received our very first CSA (community supported agriculture) box last week so we are loving using all of the veggies in new and creative ways. I would highly recommend looking into a CSA program near you as it is a great way to support local farmers and try out new fruits and vegetables! 

Tonight we were super excited to eat on our back porch for the first time this season. Can you tell? 

Quinoa & Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s Red Quinoa)
2 cans black beans
3.5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil 

Directions:
1. Cook quinoa according to package directions in 2 cups of the vegetable/chicken broth
2. While the quinoa is cooking, bring the black beans and remaining 1.5 cups of broth to a boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes and drain
3. In a large bowl, mash the cooked black beans using a fork. Add the quinoa and spices (garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper) and mix until combined
4. Form the mixture into burgers (makes about 6-8, depending on the size of your burgers)
5. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the burgers and cook on each side for about 3 minutes and serve!

This weekend we celebrated my beautiful friend Hannah’s upcoming wedding with a girls weekend in Charleston and it was a blast having all of the girls in town for her bridal shower and Bachelorette weekend. Can’t wait for April 6th!

I hope everyone had a fun-filled weekend!

Love,
Emily

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