Smokey Black Bean Beet Burgers

There is nothing better than a burger, sometimes nothing will curb my cravings and I just need a good old fashioned burger (with fried onions….)!  But the traditional meat burgers have nothing on this recipe.  These patties are filled with all the good stuff and none of the saturated fat/oil/sugar. They are super healthy of course, including one of the best veggies you can add to your diet; beetroot as well as black beans and some delicious herbs and spices.

We love to have these burgers on crusty breadrolls with lettuce, grated carrot and sauces but these would also be great in a lettuce burger if you want to ditch the bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 small diced red onion
  • 1/2 large beetroot – grated
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (I like to soak the quinoa overnight)
  • 1 can black beans mashed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crushed/chopped raw walnuts
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbs chickpea flour (this is added last and one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is the perfect consistency to make into patties without falling apart)

Method

Fry off the onion and mushrooms until cooked down and slightly caramelised adding salt and pepper during cooking.

Cook quinoa according to instructions on the packet until fluffy.

In a bowl mash the black beans and additional spices. Add grated beetroot, cooked quinoa and onion/mushroom mix to the bowl and stir to combine.  Add Worcestershire sauce and chickpea flour (slowly depending on how wet the mixture is – you may not need this much or you could need more depending on the size of your beetroot).

Form into patties and place on a tray lined with baking paper into a 190 degree oven. Cook for 30 minutes flipping at 15mins to make sure both sides are browned.

Can be served hot or cold.

Enjoy!

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