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By Doreen Colondres

Full of protein and flavor, this quinoa and two bean burger will take you out of the routine. Vegetarian or not, it is a burger that you are going to love.

When I cook this recipe for my family and friends they always ask for the recipe. The burger can be served in substitution of meat, in small patties as appetizer or as a side dish; I have eaten it with bread or lettuce leaf, as a side dish with beef or pork stew or grilled fish, shrimp or chicken.  Once you try it, you will agree with me. I love mine with hogao or pico de gallo with lots of lemon juice on top.

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • 15 oz. cooked pinto beans
  • 15 oz. cooked canary beans (Peruvian bean, mayocoba)
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 serrano chile, finely chopped with no seeds, no veins (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Lettuce and chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo

What you need to do:

  1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under running water for 30-60 seconds.
  2. In a small pot, add the water, pinch of salt and heat over medium high temperature. Add the quinoa, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to low, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Then set aside, strain any remaining liquid and serve on a flat plate.
  3. Using a big bowl, mash the beans and then add the garlic, cilantro, serrano, salt, pepper and, at the end, the quinoa.
  4. Once all the ingredients are combined, form 4 patties and carefully set aside.
  5. In a pan on medium high heat, add the olive oil and cook each patty for 3-4 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown and lightly crispy. Flip over each piece carefully, just 1 time, to keep a nice shape.
  6. Serve and enjoy with lettuce and pico de gallo on top and alfalfa.

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