Vegan Black Bean Burger with Beets & Quinoa & Gluten-Free

November 15, 2017

For the past couple of years, I have been on a quest to create the perfect vegan black bean burger.

After many different attempts, I believe that I may have accomplished my goal with this vegan black bean burger with quinoa and beets.

Burgers made with animal protein have lots of sticky saturated fats which helps them bind together. One of the problems I have had in the past with my vegan black bean burger was it would fall apart because there was no fat binding it together.

Now with the discovery of aquafaba liquid, I have been able to create the perfect vegan burger.

If you are not familiar with aquafaba, it is that liquid hiding in your can of chickpeas. Not only can aquafaba replace an egg in a recipe, but also be used to make a meringue or whipped cream.

So not only does this vegan black bean burger bind together, it is nutritious, packed with flavor, and easy to prepare.

While the beets, quinoa, and black beans give it a great texture and a sweet and smoky flavor.

Therefore I have feeling this is going to be one of your favorite vegan burgers too.

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Vegan Black Bean Burger with Beets and Quinoa

Vegan Black Bean Burger with Beets and Quinoa
 
This gluten-free vegan black bean burger is hearty, flavor packed and binds perfectly together with aquafaba liquid.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
For The Veggie Burger
  • 1½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1¼ cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces cooked beets, chopped fine*
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour (or any flour)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of aquafaba liquid*
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
For Assembly
  • 6 whole-wheat buns
  • Spicy brown mustard or Dijon mustard
  • Lettuce
  • Red onion, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the black beans and beats and use a potato masher to mix them together. Stir in the quinoa, shallot, garlic, vinegar, lime, flour, flaxseed, salt, pepper, cilantro and aquafaba and combine well. You could also use a food processor but keep it a little chunky.
  3. Use your hands to divide the mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a patty.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet lined in parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes or until the the tops are firm.
  5. *Roasted Beets - Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wrap the beets tightly in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake until fork-tender, 50-60 minutes. Unwrap and cool enough, remove peels.
  6. *Aquafaba liquid is the liquid in a can of chickpeas. You could also use 1 flax egg.

 


5 thoughts on “Vegan Black Bean Burger with Beets & Quinoa & Gluten-Free

  1. I have no doubt that this burger is delish but I’ve been vegan for 20 years and even I would not take the time, trouble and expense to create what should be a simple thing from 19 ingredients. This is why many people resist becoming vegan-they think it’s too hard, too much work. Recipes like this make that point hard argue.

    1. Hi Shanna – I agree – too many ingredients scares people off from a vegan diet but there are people who like to be adventurous and try some things that may be a little more labor intensive and comes with big rewards. As you know, this kind of recipe is unusual for even me but it does taste delicious. Thanks for commenting and for being part of our healthy community. Have a wonderful day!

      1. I agree that the ingredient list looks a little long, but every ingredient required is already in my kitchen; they are staples for plant-based cooking. (OK, I would have to substitute onions for the shallots, but I’m sure they would still be really good.)

        1. This is such a simple recipe. And I agree – these are kitchen staples. The only thing I don’t have right now is the beets. The beets can be cooked a couple of days in advance when the oven is already being used to cook something else. I have cooked quinoa in my freezer. The only thing I’d have to do is throw everything in the food processor. Pretty easy. And then there’ll be enough patties to store some in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

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