These Black Bean Quinoa Cheddar Burgers are gluten free with a vegan option. With just 202 calories it makes the perfect lunch to help you keep your health goals on track. They are so easy to make and taste incredible!
I keep thinking that my life is going to settle down and that I’m going to get used to having a little one who doesn’t nap again. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening. In fact, lately, every day seems a bit more challenging, mostly because my nap Bandit is getting more and more overtired.
For the first few days that she skipped her naps she was sleeping in, but now she is back to getting up by 6 am. The only reprive is that she is easier to get to bed at night.
While I dream of days spent in the kitchen creating something that feels a bit gourmet, my reality is much more quick and easy these days.
I’ve found that lunch sometimes doesn’t happen unless I’m prepared ahead of time. Last weekend, I made these veggie burgers and it was just amazing to be able to pull them out of the fridge for a quick lunch.
The recipe made six and I decided to cook three and freeze three uncooked. Then I thawed the last three out in the fridge overnight and cooked them as needed.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 ½ cups drained and rinsed black beans (1 can)
- 1 egg or flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 3 tablespoons warm water)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 ounces cheddar cheese or Daiya, shredded
- 1 chopped onion
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ½ cup organic cornmeal
- Coconut oil, for cooking
- If using flax egg, combine ground flax seeds with warm water and set aside. (Skip this step if using an egg.)
- Place quinoa in a food processor along with ½ of the beans. Pulse until a paste forms. Add (flax) egg, cumin, paprika and sea salt and process for one minute. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in remaining beans, cheese, onion and cilantro.
- Place cornmeal in a shallow dish.
- Form quinoa mixture into patties and carefully coat with cornmeal. Transfer to a parchment lined plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil to medium in a heavy skillet. Cook for 7 to 9 minutes per side, until firm and crispy.