Quinoa Kale Bean Burgers ~ Meatless Monday

Sometimes you don’t have to look too far for inspiration.  In this case, I didn’t have to look further than the calendar on my desk at work.  This yummy recipe has been staring at me all month, it was time to try it out!

I made a few changes to the original recipe; check it out for your next Meatless Monday!Image-1Print Recipe

Makes 5 burgers

1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium vegetable stock or water
1 500ml can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups kale, finely chopped
1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp egg whites
1 shallot, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
S&P to taste

Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
1/3 cup Greek or plain yogurt
1 Tbsp organic honey
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp chipotle or chili powder

In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and vegetable stock, cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Add beans to a large bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher.  Add quinoa, kale, oat flour, tomato paste, egg whites, shallot, garlic, nutritional yeast, thyme and S&P.  Mix with your hands until well combined.  Form into 5 patties.quinoa kale burger

I forgot to add the quinoa after I formed these patties, which is why they look so "wet". I knew something had to be missing! Duh.

I forgot to add the quinoa after I formed these patties, which is why they look so “wet”.
I knew something was missing! Duh.

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce, stir and refrigerate.yougurt saucePreheat frying pan or grill to medium.  Brush burgers and pan/grill with olive oil.  Cook for about 5 minutes a side until a nice crisp forms.

Serve over salad or on buns and top with yogurt sauce. Enjoy!quinoa kale burger3Nutritional Info for one burger
237 Calories, 41g Carbs, 3g Fat, 13g Protein, 432mg Sodium, 5g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate.  It is meant to be used as a reference only.

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