We hosted a dinner for some gluten-free vegan friends the other night and I was super excited to come up with a menu that they’d really enjoy. So I scoured the internet for some inspiration and came across one created by the incredibly talented Dana from Minimalist Baker. Inspired by her Black Bean Beet Burger, I decided to make this an appetizer because I had cooked beets and black beans on hand and I was already making quinoa for another dish. This is also a great make-ahead dish because you just have to keep the patties warm until ready to serve or just heat them up right before serving.
2 small beets, cooked
1 cup black beans, cooked or canned
1 c quinoa, cooked (I used a mix of red and white)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup gluten free quick cook oats
1/2 onion, finely diced
1/2 c raw walnuts
1 t cumin
1/2 t paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place beets, black beans, quinoa, onion and walnuts in a food processor and roughly pulse. You want a somewhat chunky consistency. Transfer contents to a big bowl and mix in flax meal (I grinded flax seeds in my silver bullet) and gluten-free quick cook oats. Add seasonings and mix well.
Form mixture into patties, keeping in mind the thinner the patties, the crispier the crust.
Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil and arrange the patties so they’re not touching each other. Spray the top of the patties with additional coconut oil and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, flipping about half-way through. Cook longer if you want to dry them out even more. For a crispier crust, pan fry them for another 5 minutes on each side.
You can eat them plain, on a bun, or on a portabello mushroom cap. If using a portabello cap, season the mushroom with salt and pepper, coat with coconut oil and bake it along with the veggie burgers.
To assemble, place the burger on top of the mushroom cap. Top with mashed avocado, slice of tomato, red onion, and greens of choice. I used micro greens.
Top with ketchup and mustard if you want to give it that extra hamburger flair.
I made a couple patties and ate this for a couple days. So good!
This is actually my first time making my own veggie burger and it’s sparked some ideas for other recipes in the future so look forward to more. 🙂 Do you have a favorite veggie burger recipe?
Served with love,
*Recipe adapted from the Minimalist Baker’s Black Bean Beet Burger.