Feb 25, 2013

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers! Monday Meraki no. 7 (#MM)

Hi darlins'! It's great to see ya here!

Over the weekend, I didn't get much done in terms of exercising because I was really bogged down with studying and a cold. Although, I did try my first-ever HIIT running workout on Friday afternoon, and it felt  awesome. Once I get a couple more HIIT workouts in I'll let you know how I like 'em :)

Truth be told, I was in need of some serious comfort food on Saturday. Inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville, Burger Up, I tried my hand at making their delicious Marathon burger. These burgers are seriously my favorite thing on their menu, and luckily they turned out so well! I'm so proud of my creative cooking, I just have to share the recipe for today's Meraki! Next time, I'm definitely making sweet potato fries as a side...

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
  • 2 cups of cooked Quinoa
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Onions/Garlic/Leek (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Coriander
  • *just a dash* cinnamon (secret ingredient)
  • Sea Salt and Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup organic ketchup (Burger Up uses their delicious homemade version)
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs

First, cook your quinoa according to the package directions (but cook in vegetable stock instead of water).

Next, saute half of an onion, a couple cloves of garlic or leeks in extra virgin olive oil.  This step is 100% optional, but since I love those flavors, I went for it! Just use what you have on hand.

When the quinoa is done cooking, add to your food processor, along with your spices.Then add your ketchup and pulse. Meanwhile, rinse those black beans, then add 1/2 of 'em to the mixture and pulse again a few times.

Add your breadcrumbs to the mix, let it rest for 5 minutes, and then stir in (with a wooden spoon) the rest of the black beans.

At this point, check the consistency and taste!  Adjust spices as you deem necessary :)

When you have it tasting how you want, form into baseball-sized balls and flatten into patties. Admittedly, my patties ended up being way too big! I'll have to watch that next time.

This is important -- Grease your pan well!  They have no fat so they will stick! Preheat oven to 400 F and cook for 12 minutes.  Flip carefully at around 6-8 minutes...

and Voila!  A Marathon burger! I unfortunately forgot garlic when I made mine, but it still tasted pretty darn close to the real deal! I froze the two leftover patties in an airtight bag, the next day it was just as delicious :)

I hope y'all enjoyed the recipe! Have a great Monday evening and a fabulous start to your week!

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