The key to make the bean and quinoa burgers super tasty is making sure all the spices cover the beans and that everything is well seasoned. This is very healthy and delicious recipe that will be perfect for any occasion. As it is a vegetarian it is suitable for parties with a lots of guests so that everyone could find something. These burgers may be served with a salad and potatoes or like a proper burgers with a bread, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles etc. One thing is certain – you will like it!
2 tablespoons olive oil (plus extra for frying the burgers)
½ a red onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon fennel, crushed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tin of beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of cooked quinoa
¼ cup of fresh breadcrumbs
a handful of parsley, chopped
a handful of spinach, finely chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Saute the onions for a few minutes, until soft, and then add the garlic and spices. Cook for a minute or until aromatic then tip in the beans. Toss them well in the oil and spices until coated and then turn off the heat.
Mash the beans roughly with a potato masher and then add the quinoa, breadcrumbs, parsley and spinach. Season well and give everything a good mix. Taste and season more if needed.
Form the mixture into small rounds and press down so that the burgers are about an inch thick. You van also use an ice cream scoop to scoop out even sized burgers and then you have to press lightly with the palm of the hand to flatten them slightly.
Fry the burgers a few minutes each side in a lightly oiled frying pan over a medium heat until golden and heated through. Be careful as you turn them as they can be a little fragile. Serve with salads or bread rolls and all your favourite burger condiments.