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Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers


  • 6 oz dry beans
  • ¼ cup of quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup minced yellow bell pepper, adjust to taste if you want more sweetness
  • 1/3 of a small yellow onion, minced (This time we actually used a quarter of a red onion for a change.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce, or other hot sauce
  • 1 egg, or you can substitute 1 tblsp. of ground flax seed to 2 tblsp. water to keep it vegan, which is what M does


  • Soak beans in water overnight. Reconstituted beans will now be around 15 oz. (M read that doing this releases the chemical in the bean that causes flatulence. Go science!)
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. DO NOT ADD SALT. Add beans.
  • Cook beans at a simmer for 50 minutes.
  • Drain and let cool.
  • Rinse quinoa.
  • Bring medium pot of water to a boil. (Follow package instructions for proper water ratio.)
  • Add quinoa and then simmer (covered)for 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Remove quinoa from heat.
  • Mash black beans in a large bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients (including quinoa) and mix like crazy. Get in there and use your hands!
  • Form mixture into patties, about the size of a burger. They don't grow much.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes each side (or til browned).