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Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Music in the park tonight, yup that was music not movies. As we continually have this discussion all throughout summer about our movie dates we officially ended the movie phase last week and now have transitioned to music nights.

We decided we would continue our Thursday Date Night Park Night (boy was that a mouthful) with whatever decides to land itself in the park and tonight happens to be music.

I had a light bulb moment today while hashing out picnic ideas to myself and a brilliant idea hit–black bean burgers with a titch of spice. Before I get started, I must confess that this idea came to me only, I repeat only because I just made black beans last night. What was I making black beans for you may ask, I’m not entirely sure, they just sounded scrumptious. There was no heartfelt pondering as to what I should make for our dinner park date but that does not mean love is not genuinely wrapped tightly in my non-heartfelt idea. :)

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First, let me just say that replacing lettuce for fresh green beans was by far the best idea I’ve had to date. I do not know how to express to you this transitional period in my life. Something about the sweet flavor of the beans along with the crunch lettuce holds, brought this sandwich to a WHOLE new level; unexplainable.

Now here are the magical ingredients for my delicious spicy black bean burgers–

Quantity = 4 burgers

Ingredients: 

  • 4 Ciabatta Buns
  • 2 Cups Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Green Beans, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Palm full Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 4 Slices of Cheese

Toppings:

  • Spicy Spread (optional)
  • Fresh Green Beans (replacement for lettuce)
  • Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine oil, eggs, garlic, sea salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Mix well.

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Add in black beans, quinoa, green beans, tomatoes and cilantro.

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Add in cheese.

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Use a 1 cup measuring cup and scoop onto a cookie sheet. Pat down to make flat.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and top with cheese slices.

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Return to oven and heat until melted; 1-2 minutes.IMG_6705

Lets just say that the blue cheese crumbles melted within this giant black bean burger is to die for. You do not want to opt out of using blue cheese crumbles as this adds lots of flavor and pairs perfectly with the spicy spread.

Top your buns with a black bean burger, a large dollop of spicy spread, green beans and tomatoes. If you love the spicy spread as much as we do, fill each side of your bun with it as well. :)

IMG_6713This meal will knock your socks off guaranteed. Holy smokes you may want to call the fire department, it’s that sizzling good.

Quinoa Burgers

I forgot about this recipe and was absolutely ecstatic to make them again. They are fabulous, healthy and great twist to your normal go-to quinoa recipes. They are also not your typical burgers. They are bun-less and have about 8 grams of protein per serving.

My family loves this recipe including the little one, except without toppings. :)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • ¾ cup shredded cheese
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup grated carrots OR zucchini
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 gr onions, chopped
  • ½ + ¼ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • EVOO

In a large bowl combine all ingredients.

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On a headed griddle to 225 degrees, ladle 1/2 cup mixture about 1/2 inch thick. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

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You will notice bubbles begin to form as they do with pancakes, this will alert you that it’s time to flip them.

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Flip and cook, another 5 minutes.

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Once cooked, place on a serving plate and serve warm.

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Top with Spinach, tomatoes, olives, avocado and blue cheese dressing!

I served this with pasta salad! Enjoy!