Fuel for Surfers-Quinoa & Pinto Bean burgers

Recipe for Quinoa & pinto Bean Burgers from Busylittlefoodie’s Grace Brady!


Serves 4
Burgers have taken on a life of their own in the last few years and they are one of the things I miss most as a veggie. These burgers are packed full of flavour and protein and you can change the ingredients up with whatever you have in the kitchen. Quinoa for millet, pinto beans for kidney beans, parmesan for cheddar. I do really like this combination though. Summer may be over but these burgers will remind you of summer and keep you full and healthy moving into winter. Enjoy!

1 cup quinoa
1 can pinto beans
1 large courgette
6-8 sundried tomatoes
1 half cup seeds (pumpkin/sunflower)
1 egg
1 half cup grated cheese (parmesan is best but strong cheddar is awesome too)
salt and pepper
a handful of fresh oregano (dried is cool too-just add 1 heaped teaspoon)

In a pot, measure out 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of cold water. Put on the heat and bring to the boil with the lid on. The minute it comes to the boil, drop the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Tip out into a large mixing bowl and fluff with a fork so it doesn’t stick together. While the quinoa is cooking, prep the rest. Grate the courgette and place in a bowl with a cloth. Sprinkle with a heaped teaspoon of salt and let sit for 10 minute. Gather up the cloth and squeeze the juice from the courgette-you’ll be amazed! Add the courgette, pinto beans, tomatoes (roughly chopped), seeds, egg and cheese into the bowl and mix through the quinoa.

Heat a non stick frying pan and oil with coconut or vegetable oil. Shape the mix into burger sized patties and fry for 5 minutes on each side. Done!

The mix keeps for 3 days in the fridge in a sealed container. Once fried, they can stay in the fridge for 2 days. Make sure to heat through thoroughly on a pan on a low heat or throw them in the oven for 15 minutes at 190 C

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote for Busy Little Foodie at the Irish Blog Awards. I’m now a 2015 finalist and couldn’t have done it without you! Fingers crossed at the end of October I’ll find out if I am 2015 Best Personal Health & Well Being Blog! Exciting stuff!


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