So delicious and protein-packed, you won’t even mind that they’re meatless. 

Time: 50-55 minutes

When to eat it: Lunch, dinner

Perks: Gluten-free, vegetarian

Makes: 6 patties

Sh*t You Need:

1/2 cup tricolor quinoa, uncooked
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup oat flour (or just gluten-free old fashioned oats blended into flour in the food processor)
1 16-oz can no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg
Whatever toppings you want (recommendations: avocado slices, pimento cheese, ketchup, mustard, or greek yogurt)

Chef’s knife
Small pan
Food processor or blender
Mixing bowl
Mixing spoon
Cooking spray

The Recipe:

1. Rinse quinoa and cook according to package.

2. While quinoa cooks, diced yellow onion, and mince garlic.

3. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic and allow to cook until fragrant, about 5-7 minutes.

4. While onion and garlic cook, pulse gluten-free old fashioned oats in food processor until it resembles the same consistency as flour. Remove from food processor and transfer to medium bowl.

5. Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. Remove as much moisture from beans as possible before adding to bowl of food processor (don't worry about cleaning it out after making oat flour). Pulse into a chunky consistency, being careful to not blend it completely smooth. Remove from food processor and transfer to medium bowl.

6. Add sauteed onion and garlic, as well as cooked quinoa, to medium bowl with flour and beans.

7. Add remainder of ingredients (spices, salt, pepper, and egg) to medium bowl. Mix to thoroughly combine all ingredients together.

8. Form bean mixture into 6 patties and place on a large dish to chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

9. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Cook patties 5-7 minutes on each side, or until heated through.

10. Add your toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (each patty): 177 calories, 3 g fat, 29 g carbs, 9 g protein, and 5.5 g of fiber

Recipe was contributed by Clara Norfleet (University of Georgia/Western Carolina University). Check out her , blog, and  for more. 

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