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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers

Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Quinoa Burger served with
Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Rhubarb Chutney
Wow! I just tried this recipe for the first time and will be sure to make it again! The flavor combination of sweet potato, black beans and quinoa is simultaneously sweet and savory, and because each of those ingredients is a nutritional powerhouse on its own, this burger packs a huge, healthy punch! Serve this will a dollop of rhubarb chutney and a side of baked sweet potato fries for an amazing flavor combination.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burger

1 medium onion, diced
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
2 T vegetable stock
1 carrot, finely grated
1/2 can black beans, slightly drained
1/2 of 1 baked sweet potato, flesh scooped out
1/2 C quinoa, cooked
1/2 C bread crumbs (gluten-free, if necessary)
1 T caraway seeds( I don’t care for caraway so I substituted 1 t of garam masala)
3 T chopped cilantro
2 t tomato paste or ketchup (use organic tomato paste to keep sugars low)
hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste
1 t balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste (I didn't use either - the flavor was good enough on its own)

Preheat oven to 350F. Sauté onion and garlic in vegetable stock in a non-stick skillet. Add beans to pan and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring now and then. Turn off heat. Mash beans in pan until they’re about half crushed. Put in big bowl with all the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. If too moist, add more bread crumbs. Form into patties. Place on a non-stick cooking sheet or shallow baking pan (I line mine with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray). Bake for approximately 20 minutes a side.

Makes 5 generous hand-sized patties.

Note: The orginal recipe also suggested grilling these burgers, but I don't think they'd hold up well on the grates. This one's your call...

Adapted from a recipe by Christina found on FatFreeVegan.com

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