Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bean Burger with Spicy Guacamole

After so many posts on desserts, it is necessary to branch out again. Necessary in the sense that my waistline is suffering.  These burgers have lots of protein and fiber, all while being vegan.  The guacmole adds a great kick; however, if you're not a fan of guac, I'd suggest adding some cayenne pepper to the burgers. 


1/4 cup quinoa, cooked
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can black beans, mashed
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a medium skillet.  Add the onion and cook until lightly fragrant.  Add the garlic, beans, paprika, and cumin. Remove from heat and add to a large bowl.  Combine the quinoa, flour, cilantro, salt and pepper.  Mold into a large bowl and wrap with plastic.  Refrigerate for a half hour.

To cook, mold the bean mixture into a patties.  Heat the skillet and add one tablespoon of oil.  Cook the burgers about four minutes on each side.


1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 tablespoons onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)

Mash the avocado in a small bowl together and combine all ingredients. Top the bean burger.

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