Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Greek Style Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Quite often when one thinks of having a Burger - it's usually fast food,
 and after eating it - not very satisfying at all.
  Well here is a healthier version for you, dress it up to your tastes,
 add some oven fries and a side salad and voila!
When you are hungry the thought of biting into a nice hearty burger is so enticing my family
can't wait to dig in.  I recently came across a recipe for a Quinoa Burger (Body & Soul) that
sounded delicious.  This is my adaptation of their recipe.  I had made some Sourdough Maneesh (pita pockets) the day before so this burger was perfect to stuff the pocket with.  I also made up some Avocado/Yogurt Dressing that I drizzled over the burger.   It was very filling, and so very satisfying.
Greek Style Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Greek Style Quinoa Black Bean Burger Recipe
 Yield Serves 5
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
1 medium carrot, cut in large chunks
6 scallions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 can (540 ml) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup soda cracker crumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground basil
Coarse salt
Ground pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
pepperoncini peppers (chopped fine) optional
2 tablespoons olive oil

In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low.
Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 12-14 minutes; set aside.

In a food processor, pulse carrot and garlic cloves until finely chopped.
Add cooked quinoa, half the scallions, beans, cracker crumbs,
egg, cumin, oregano and basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper;
pulse until combined but still slightly chunky. Fold in the feta cheese.
Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking).
If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through,
 8 to 10 minutes per side.
Serve on a bun, pita pocket or just as is along side some steamed veggies - top with cheese sauce or salsa.  Enjoy!

My Quinoa Black Bean Burger is served in a Sourdough Maneesh Pocket,
 topped with an Avocado/Yogurt  Dressing.
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