Big Mac's Black Bean Quinoa Burger

My brother Mike was so proud of creating this recipe from scratch - and for being chosen as the fIrst place winner for the Giant Eagle Market District, Veggie Burger Contest 2012. I love the idea of putting the mashed black beans and quinoa together. A win well deserved, Mikey.

2 cans black beans, drained
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
1 poblano pepper, seeded/minced
1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded, small diced
2 large eggs
Oats for binding

MY Spin: I would add 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin.

Dill Havarti or Smoked Cheddar cheese
Arugula or spinach greens, washed and dried
Spicy or whole grain mustard 
Bakery onion buns

  1. Mash or purée black beans with Worcestershire, salt and pepper. 
  2. In large bowl, add all other ingredients (except oats), then add the pureed beans. Mix together until just combined. Add oats until mixture is thick enough to form a patty. Chill mixture for one hour.
  3. Make desired amount of patties (approximately 4" diameter, 1/2" thick). Sauté in canola oil, over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes each side. 
  4. Add cheese, cook until melted and patty is heated through.
  5. Serve with your choice of toppings! Great with Hawaiian Onion Kettle Chips.
>>2012 Best Burger Contest, Market District Kingsdale, Winner - Michael Belt


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