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Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Portobello Buns

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Portobello Buns

If you're a self-professed "Meatatarian," as my son would say, then you know the value of a good burger. But if you have a plant-base diet, the search for the elusive, actually good-tasting, non-meat burger can be a struggle.  

Well I may be able to help you. I've created a delicious black bean and quinoa burger using portobello mushrooms in place of buns. Whether you're a full-fledged veg-head, are looking to reduce your carbs, or just wanna' switch it up from the meat and increase your plant-based options, this burger is for you!

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 Ingredients:

•1.5 Cups cooked quinoa

•1.5 Cups cooked black beans

•Portobello mushrooms (how many you use will depend on how big you make your burgers, you'll need two for each burger) 

•1 teaspoon paprika

•1 teaspoon onion powder

•1/3 teaspoon salt (I used Himalayan pink) 

•3 cloves of garlic (or more if you're like me and you love garlic!) 

•1 Cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour

•Coconut oil for frying the burgers

•Leftover stems of portobello mushrooms if they came with them

•Garlic powder

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Directions

1. Blend all ingredients except for coconut oil in a food processor until mostly smooth.  

2. Hear coconut oil over medium heat (there should be about a quarter of an inch of heated oil in the pan.) 

3. This is a little tricky because your burger batter will be kind of sticky. But using a spoon, drop the batter into the heated oil (I used a second spoon to help get the batter off the first spoon) and flatten into a burger shape. 

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4. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side (until the top and bottom of the burger become totally solid and a little browner, see pic for details.) Place on a plate of paper towels to remove excess oil.

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5. Set your oven to broil, on a cookie sheet with a cookie screen on top, put your mushroom caps down with the round side up. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and garlic powder. Broil for a few minutes, just enough to warm them all the way through and stiffen them just a bit. 

5. Place your yummy vegan patty between two of the portobello buns and enjoy! You can add ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes...whatever you like on your burgers!

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