Can we talk about my burger obsession right now?

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Really… that is the only word for it: an obsession. I am straight up infatuated with burgers at the moment – like real beef burgers. I can’t get enough. To the point where I feel the need to hit up Five Guys once a week. Want to know what else? I’ve sort of been scheduling my weekends around it too.

It’s bad.

I’m hooked!

The only silver lining is that I really don’t care for their fries. In that case, I justify bacon on my burger. I mean, I’m eating JUST a burger. No fries. Bacon is welcomed with open arms.

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So yeah. These aren’t beef burgers at all. I know. But they are still pretty delicious and the result of what came out of my pantry when I was beefless.

That sounds so… wrong and I love it.

Oh and there is still bacon, obviously. This was actually my first time topping a non-beef/poultry burger with bacon and it felt SO GOOD. Whyyyyyy haven’t I done that before? You don’t have to top yours with bacon but I’d then be forced to ask – how are we friends? It’s up to you.

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The awesome thing is that these quinoa burgers are just as delicious off the bun as they are sandwiched in between. They are crispy on the outside and quite similar to my crispy quinoa sliders from last summer. I like to think that the recipe gets better and better each time I make it. Which is a lot. Sort of like how the movie Bridesmaids gets funnier and funnier each time I watch it? Which is at least three times a week because it’s constantly on TV.

Watching it now. Have no life. Can quote the entire movie. Will watch for food.

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Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers

Yield: makes 4 burgers

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 whole wheat bun, toasted
for topping: bacon, extra roasted red peppers and mayo - or whatever you want!

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs, basil, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, add beans and mash coarsely with a fork. Stir in quinoa, garlic and roasted red peppers, mixing well to combine. Add in bread crumb mixture and egg, mixing well to moisten. Once combined, add in the flour and mix well. Form into four equally sized balls.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Press each quinoa ball into a large patty, being careful to press the sides together so they don't fall apart while cooking. Add to skillet and cook until golden and crisp on each side, about five minutes. Serve immediately on toasted buns with your favorite toppings!

Note: if you use red peppers jarred in oil or water, be sure to soak up most of the liquid with paper towels before and after chopping!

[adapted from my crispy quinoa sliders]

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99 Responses to “Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa + White Bean Burgers.”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 21, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    This is the prettiest burger I’ve ever seen!! Yum!

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    Alicia — March 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Hey! I love your last quinoa burger recipe…so yummy! Just wondering if you had any tips to help the burgers stick together a little better in the pan – i found that sometimes the sides weren’t even or level, and fell apart when I tried to move them! Would refrigerating for a few hours help? Thanks! :)

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    Shannon — March 21, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Beautiful photos as always. I have been eating quinoa like it is going out of style lately. Haven’t put it in a burger yet.,…feeling inspired

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    gracekelle at leangirlsclub — March 22, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    These I MUST try. And they’re so healthy! i’m not a big bacon fan (i know…) so i’ll have to add something else. suggestions?

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    • Carol Cranford — March 25th, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

      turkey bacon

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    • Moira — March 28th, 2013 @ 4:29 am

      Try turkey pastrami. It’s like milk and butter in my fridge. Have a deli slice it thin for you ~ and it’s nowhere near as expensive as bacon, or pastrami (hello?!). Don’t like turkey bacon much; too salt and not enough flavor ? I dunno.

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    • Katherine — April 1st, 2013 @ 8:22 am

      I’m going to put pesto on mine! or some sliced avocado!

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    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — March 26, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    Holy high-protein high-fiber low-fat high-flavor burger, Batman! Plenty of caloric room for gobs of bacon and avocados. That is, avocados picked from the trees in my new front yard :)

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    Elizabeth Mars — March 27, 2013 @ 3:47 am

    I love a good veggie burger. I might try these with black beans – because I just love black beans.

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    Colleen — April 5, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    Have you tried to freeze these after they are cooked? Do they taste good after you reheat? Wondering if they would be a good make ahead?

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    Lily — April 14, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    I made these tonight for dinner – they are amazing! And I actually got 5 burgers out of it. They are very similar to a white bean burger that I had in a restaurant and have been pining for ever since! So excited to be able to make something just as amazing at home! :)

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    Stacey Veillette — April 22, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Dry breadcrumbs are made from dry bread which has been baked or toasted to remove most remaining moisture, and may even have a sandy or even powdery texture. Bread crumbs are most easily produced by pulverizing slices of bread in a food processor, using a steel blade to make coarse crumbs, or a grating blade to make fine crumbs. A grater or similar tool will also do.”

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    jabron pancake — April 25, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    love this recipe, hate the banter. why does everyone seem to talk the same these days?

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    Stephanie — May 7, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Very yummy. Husband liked it too even though he covered it in ketchup

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    Carl — June 2, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Bacon? Really, what’s the point of making a Veggie Burger if you’re going to put bacon on it?

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

      Yes really. I didn’t make it so it was a vegetarian or vegan burger. I made it because I love quinoa in crispy burger form and love bacon.

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      • Emily — July 6th, 2013 @ 5:18 am

        Thank you, Jessica. Not all of us think meat is evil. And if you don’t like the bacon, how about not putting it on? Problem solved.

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    kayla — June 3, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    I made these yesterday. I ate one last night and had three today. I didn’t even out bacon on them (only because I’m out). I’m probably going to make the hell out of these now.

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    Jen — December 30, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    I love these burgers! I like to make a simple corn salsa to put on top and then I eat them without a bun. For the corn salsa I take a can of corn, puree half of it. Mix the puree with the other half of the can, add a bit of lime juice and some red chili flakes. Super yummy!

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    Cathy Peterson — January 3, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    We made these last night and they were very good! I made the patties the night before. I should have taken them out of the fridge an hour before because it was not warm in the middle. Maybe I should cook on higher temp . I will have to play around with this some, but it was my very first attempt at veggie burgers and I did pretty good for my first try. We will definitely make these again!

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    Jodi — February 16, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

    Has anyone made these without egg, as a vegan burger? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Jessica — March 27, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    Excellent recipe! Made it as is. I’m not a big beef eater, so I’m very excited to have found this! I ate one and put the rest in the freezer. Not sure how it will be, but I plan on cooking it like the store bought frozen veggie burger. No more store bought veggie burgers for me!! Thanks!

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    Caroline Leigh — October 13, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    making these tonight! yum yum. love these and loooove you!

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