I'm handing the ropes over to my foodie friend and sorority sister Noel today! She is a foodgrammer, loves to cook and like myself, obsesses over food. She makes me drool at everything she posts on her Instagram, so I asked her to come up with a recipe to share on Take A Bite!
Hey guys, Noel here. I am a simple food lover. When I go to bed at night, I plan my breakfast. When I eat my breakfast, I plan my afternoon snack/ lunch. But I am thinking about my dinner ALL day. While I currently have no food blog, I have a daily struggle on whether to start one. You can, however, find me on Instagram--->@food_onmy_mind.
I am 100%, without a doubt, keen for quinoa! I try to incorporate it into every meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. When Annie asked me to do a guest post, I had no clue what recipe I would give her. But obviously I wanted to do something quinoa! However, a typical quinoa meal for me consists of cooking the quinoa separately and topping it with something or other. So I wanted to make something where the quinoa and whatever else I added to it was one, single entity. Annie and I tossed around ideas and we settled on Quinoa Avocado Black Bean Burgers!
Yes, all that goodness was put into one, single (vegetarian) entity. I had made black bean burgers before, and had never been successful so I was nervous to test these babies out. However, these particular BBB’s were made with special tender, love, and care (and I have since gained a food processor, which helped, A LOT).
I invited a few friends to join me in taste testing and for the first time in my black bean burger career, I was successful. I did learn that my original recipe was a bit spicy (I love spicy as much as I love quinoa), so the one you’ll find below has been modified to a lower spice level.
Now, I was really back and forth on what to put on my BBB. So naturally, I made two combinations of toppings and ate half of each burger.
Burger 1: Dijon mustard, feta cheese, heirloom tomato, and alfalfa sprouts.
Burger 2: Spicy mayonnaise (homemade), blue cheese, heirloom tomato, and spinach.
For those of you who are spice maniacs, like me, burger 2 is for you. It was spicy let me tell you! I will admit though, burger 1 was my favorite. The combination of feta and alfalfa sprouts with the BBB was mouth watering. I even made it into a salad the next night.
Black Bean Burgers
yields 6 burger patties
2 cans black beans, rinsed
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 avocado, cubed
1 shallot, diced
2 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. cayenne
½ tsp. smoked Paprika
1 tsp. hot sauce of choice
1 egg white
zest and juice of lime
salt and pepper
*1/2 cup of cilantro would also be a great addition
Reserve 1/2 cup black beans and set aside.
Add the remaining beans, shallot, spices, lime zest, juice and hot sauce into the bowl of a food processor, fit with a steel blade. Process until the mixture is the texture of a very chunky puree. Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining beans, avocado, cooked quinoa and egg white and stir together. (Turn so not to mush avocado) *If adding cilantro, do it at this step.
Shape the mixture into 6 patties and chill in the fridge for at least 1/2 an hour, or more. Make sure patties are thin, so that they cook through. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the patties to the pan. Cook them until browned, about 3-5 minutes per side. Serve on salad, with a bun and toppings, or in lettuce wraps/pocket bread.
Raw onion or sautéed white onion
Feta, blue cheese, Parmesan
Happy reading and happy eating!