Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers Recipe

Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers Recipe

Photo: Carmen Sturdy

While hamburgers are a staple of most summertime barbecues, an average beef patty can pack over 200 calories and up to 10 grams of fat. These veggie burgers are a tasty meat-free alternative, both high in protein and fiber but low in fat (just three¬†grams per patty!). The secret ingredients: vitamin C-rich beetroot, protein-packed quinoa and hearty black beans that will satisfy any hankering. You can serve each patty on a gluten-free bun, or wrapped in a lettuce leaf for a low-carb option. Finish ’em off with your favorite burger toppings, and lunch is served!

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Flavorful Beetroot Quinoa Burgers

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

The Skinny

Per 1-patty serving:

  • 150 calories
  • 3 g fat (1 g sat fat)
  • 237 mg sodium
  • 25 g carbs
  • 8 g fiber
  • 3 g sugar
  • 10 g protein

Ingredients
1/3 cup rinsed quinoa
1 can black beans (15 ounce can)
1/2 medium white onion
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 cup diced cooked beets (3 beets)
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoke paprika
1/3 cup gluten free bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation

  1. Place the rinsed quinoa and 2/3 cup water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer for 15 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy. Place the cooked quinoa in a bowl in the fridge to cool.
  2. In a food processor, combine the onion, garlic, black beans, beets and egg. Blend until they break down into a thick and chunky mixture. Stir in the cumin, paprika and breadcrumbs.
  3. Form the mixture into six patties. If it seems too moist and the patties are not holding together add another tablespoon or so of breadcrumbs.
  4. In a frying pan on medium heat, heat the olive oil and then cook each of the patties for approximately 5 minutes per side. Serve warm on a bun or lettuce leaf with your favorite burger toppings.

For more simple and creative quinoa recipes, check out Meal Prep Like a Pro: 3 Recipes, One Batch of Quinoa.