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Chipotle Black Bean and Toasted Quinoa Burgers

Meals by Mala


½ cup dry quinoa
1 cup water
1/2 tsp. hot chili oil
1 tsp. avocado oil (olive oil will work fine as well)
1/2 large red onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground sea salt
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 large egg
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 chipotle in adobo, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup whole flaked oats
1/4 cup oat flour

Heat a dry saucepan on medium-high heat. Add quinoa and toast for 3-4 minutes until quinoa begins to give off a nutty smell and it begins to turn golden. Add water and chili oil to saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover; let cook for 10-15 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is no longer hard. Set aside.

Heat avocado oil in a small skillet, then add red onion and garlic. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and cook for 5-6 minutes until onion softens. Once cooked, transfer the onion and garlic to a large bowl. Add in black beans and mash with a potato masher or fork until a “pasty” mixture is formed.

Stir in the tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotle, cumin and remaining salt with a fork. Once well combined, add the cooked quinoa, flaked oats and oat flour. Form mixture into 6 equal burger patties, compacting them well with your hands while forming. Place patties on a baking sheet, cover with cling wrap, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.

Once patties are chilled and ready to cook, they can be done by oven or skillet. For the oven method, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place patties on a greased baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Flip patties over and cook for another 10 minutes. For the skillet method, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium-high heat. Place patties into pan one at a time, and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until crispy (try to flip them as little as possible). You can also try this on a griddle over a barbecue but they can fall apart easily so watch out!

Serve burgers on buns with your favourite garnishes and enjoy!


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