Baked Black Bean Burgers

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Not only is this a #meatlessmonday recipe but it’s also certifiable gluten free! A dear friend was coming for dinner who is a vegetarian & also didn’t eat wheat — challenge accepted. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat as veggie/peskatarian friendly as possible. Reason? A couple. Eating a lot of meat doesn’t make me feel good [insert inappropriate joke here]. Eating as clean (aka unprocessed meats especially) as possible makes me feel better. Easiest way to eat clean? MAS FRUITS & VEGGIES POR FAVOR! Eating clean makes my body feel nourished. And when my body feels well nourished, I just function better. No simpler way to put it.  Another reason I skip the meat section a lot is money. Meat is expensive! [again…dirty minds unite] Besides, I’d much rather get creative with farmer’s market finds of fresh produce.

This meal comes together pretty easily with a few needed tools like…a food processor! This will make all the difference in getting the desired consistency of your black bean burger patty. Access to fresh herbs is also a major plus for these babies. That’s where the majority of their flavor comes from.

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Pretty simple right? Now to dress it up…top with srirracha ranch [srirracha + ranch = booyah], tomato slice, cucumber slices, and crumbled feta cheese! I chose to serve these over a bed of greens, but you could serve these on [hot]buns or even in a wrap?!  Other topping ideas… pickles, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, avocado slices, salsa..WHATEVS go crazy!

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Baked Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients

one can of black beans, 15 ounces
one cup toasted quinoa
one cup sunflower seeds
half of a white onion
one cup of fire roasted poblano peppers
one cup fresh cilantro
handful of fresh basil
one egg
one tablespoon of cumin
one tablespoon of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. combine all ingredients in a food processor at a medium speed. blend until a thick paste is formed.
  3. form patties with hands (about palm size) and place on a grease piece of foil on a baking sheet.
  4. bake for about 10-15 minutes or until tops begin brown.
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