Shan’s Homemade Veggie Burgers

Homemade Veggie BurgersMade with beans, quinoa and wheat germ, these veggie burgers are flour-free, packed with protein, and easier on your budget than store-bought kinds. Plus the recipe lets you put your own  “flavor” (literally) on your burger and change it up so you won’t get bored. (Because healthy eating should be fun, right?)

Now go on…get your burger on.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pepper (any color), chopped
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups cooked beans (black, pinto, kidney), rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup cheese (Parmesan, cheddar, feta…or none if you’re avoiding dairy)
  • Seasoning (Italian, Cajun, taco…whatever type of flavor suits your mood)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • Coconut or canola oil, for cooking

 Instructions

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds with 6 tablespoons warm water. Stir well and set aside.
  2. Spray a pan with olive oil and heat to medium. Add onion and pepper and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
  3. In a bowl or food processor, combine beans and quinoa. Mix until well blended. Add onion and pepper mixture and stir in cheese, seasoning, and eggs. Mix until combined and then add in flax and wheat germ.
  4. Form into patties and place the patties in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (to help them hold together better).
  5. Heat oil to medium and cook until browned.

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