Going meatless sometimes means that you lack a decent amount of protein in your meal.
I’ve been struggling with eating all my protein macros each day (for FASTer Way to Fat Loss we track our protein, carbs & fat intake each day). In searching for more protein friendly recipes, I thought making a “burger” would be a pretty easy recipe as well as a work week lunch friendly option. One of these burgers packs 8g of protein. And pairing it with Dave’s Killer Bread or English Muffins can add another 6g of protein to this meal!
I also love this recipe because it uses a lot of flavors that I gravitate towards.
As a Mexican food lover, I’m always using cayenne, cumin or chili powder in most of my recipes. And trust me I don’t really like spicy food, so the spices are on the milder side in these veggie burgers. The red pepper crema (which has a slight kick to it) is something you don’t want to skip. It totally makes the recipe! I found that the consistency is a little liquidity. Add more sour cream if needed when making.
Also, there are two ways to cook off these burgers.
You can either bake them in the oven (375 degrees for 12 min on each side) or you can pan fry them. I made them both ways & prefer pan frying them. Pan frying them lets you get a crispy outside- something I love on a burger. I wouldn’t suggest grilling these only because I feel like are on the delicate side & might not do so well staying together on the grill.
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- 2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup oats, processed into flour
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tbsp. Ground cumin
- ½ tsp. Cayenne
- 1 tsp. Sriracha
- 1 tsp. Salt
- ¼ tsp. Ground black pepper
- Olive Oil
- 10 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup sour cream
- ¼ tsp. Cayenne
- ½ tsp. Salt
- Purée the brown rice & 1 can of black beans. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add in the remaining black beans, quinoa, oat flour, garlic, red onion, red peppers & spices. Adjust spices to your liking if needed.
- Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour. This will help form the patties more easily.
- To form patties, roll mixture into the size of a golf ball then flatten. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Cook patties for about 5 min on each side or until browned.
- You can also cook patties for 12 min on each side in oven at 375 degrees. I personally like the pan fried version better.
- To make the red pepper crema: Combine the roasted red peppers, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cayenne & salt in a food processor.