Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers? I haven’t, they contain egg whites, so they are not vegan. But I heard they were really good. This gave me the blues. Why ruin a perfectly good veggie burger with egg whites? What’s a REAL cowgirl to do but put her own version together and share it with y’all.
1 1/2 cup cooked Black or small Red Beans
1 cup Cooked Quinoa (white, red or tricolore)
1/3 cup minced Red Bell Peppers (Yellow or Orange)
2 Tablespoons minced Cilantro
2 Tablespoon minced Onions
2 Garlic Cloves
1 cup Oat Flour or other flour
3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon ground Flax Seeds
3 Tablespoons Sesame Tahini
1 cup frozen Corn
3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Coriander
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Powder (or 1 teaspoon for a spicy burger)
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon salt (we don’t use salt)
1. Preheat the oven to 350oF. Line a baking sheet with parchment (baking) paper.
2. Cook beans in advance. Canned beans can be used but are not recommended. They tend to be mushy.
3. 1 cup of dry quinoa makes about 4 cups cooked. I like to use 1 cup for this recipe and have the rest for leftovers. While cooking the quinoa the veggies can be chopped. Mince the red peppers, cilantro and onions. Press the garlic cloves in a press or chop them very fine.
4. I make my own oat flour by grinding rolled oats in a spice grinder or high powered blender. 1 cup of rolled oats will make about a cup of flour.
5. Juice a lime to get 3 tablespoons of juice. Put it in a small bowl and beat in ground flax seeds. Set aside.
6. In a medium size bowl, mix the sesame tahini with the tomato paste. Add in all the dry spices.
7. In a large mixing bowl, mash the beans to make a paste. The beans do not have to be thoroughly pureed.
8. Using your hands, mix the beans together with the quinoa, spice mixture, flax seed mixture, and corn.
9. Pour in about half of the oat flour and knead it into the bean mixture. Add in the rest and knead to incorporate.
10. Fill a 1/2 cup measuring cup with the bean mixture, place on the baking sheet and flatten with your hand to make a burger. Repeat until bean mixture is used up. This recipe makes 8 burgers.
11. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip burgers. Cook for another 15 minutes.
12. Burgers are ready to be served. They may be refrigerated or frozen and reheated in the oven, or in an oiled frying pan. Serve on a bun or English muffin with vegan cheese and all the fixings.
Enjoy your burgers while watching our documentary, The Lone Vegan Preaching to the Fire.