Quick and Easy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

I eat a salad for dinner most nights of the week. I know that sounds really boring huh? And it is boring if I don’t have any good stuff to put in it! I really like to crumble veggie burgers in my salad. They add flavor, texture and protein, plus they fill me up better than a big bowl of just lettuce! But store bought veggie burgers aren’t all that good, and they are expensive. Home made veggie burgers are great but they leave me with a ton of dirty dishes and a trashed kitchen.
Enter the Quick and Easy Black Bean Quinoa Burger!
You only need 1 big mixing bowl and a baking sheet. That’s it! No sautéing, no trashed kitchen! And it will only cost a few bucks to make about 15 burgers!

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, minced (not the kind packed in oil) optional
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced

Pre-heat oven to 350 and generously coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
First, prep all your ingredients. Next, smash your beans a little. I use my food processor and pulse a few times to get them a little smashed. You want some whole and half beans, you do not want bean purée. If you don’t have a food processor just use a fork or potato masher.
Next, mix all ingredients together in a very large mixing bowl.

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I know, that looks so appetizing, right?
Form the mixture into burger patties and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then flip and bake for 10 minutes on the other side. Be gentle when flipping them and use the spatula to re-smoosh them if they start to break apart.

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