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Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar

Protein Packed Vegetarian Burgers, loaded with Sweet Potato, Black Beans, and Quinoa, make an incredibly flavorful and healthy meal!

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar | Fabtastic Eats

Do you like to read? Or get a chance to often? My husband bought me an iPad last weekend as a nice little surprise, and it’s been fantastic. There are so many books I’ve been wanting to catch up on but I hate waiting for them to become available at the library or wait for amazon to deliver them.

Yes, even with Amazon Prime and its two day shipping. I am one impatient woman.

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar | Fabtastic Eats

Needless to say, the first app I downloaded was the kindle. And I’ve plowed through three books since last Sunday. I mentioned last week that I’m obsessing over the This Man Trilogy..and I still am. Kind of.

I loved, loved, loved the Fifty Shades Trilogy but just as I’m about to finish the last book in this series, I feel so disappointed. I mean, I get the whole alpha male thing, but umm, this particular one, just totally disgusts me. Where some woman swoon over it, I find it extremely degrading.

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar | Fabtastic Eats

These are books I would never let my daughter read, (if I had one!), because it is NOT REAL LIFE. And it isn’t anything close to what I would want her to aspire to. However, they must be somewhat good if I can’t put them down.

Admittedly though, I love reading this smut. (I just downloaded another trilogy similar to 50 Shades.) The problem is, I don’t get a darn thing done. I read and read for days, my husband comes home at night, and he’s lucky I’ve pulled away long enough to make dinner. I love to read, I always have, but when I really get into a book, it sucks me in to it’s complete entirety until it’s finished. It’s terribly wonderful.

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar | Fabtastic Eats

Anyways, I’m on Goodreads if you care to follow along on what I’m reading. If you use it, leave your username in the comments below and I’d love to follow you. I am always looking for another great book to read! I just need to learn a little more balance! 😉

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar | Fabtastic Eats

There is not a whole lot to say about these burgers, because I think the impossibly long title speaks for itself. (I just couldn’t leave anything out!) They’re packed with protein, incredibly healthy, and so perfectly flavorful.

The spicy cheddar on top adds a little kick, and the creamy, avocado crema adds a nice cool tone. We ate these on burger buns, and we ate the leftovers the next day on top of a salad. They reheat wonderfully. These vegetarian burgers are an excellent 30 minute weeknight meal, or an easy meal prep if you do that on Sundays.

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar | Fabtastic Eats

Try them, I think you’ll love them!

Quinoa, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Crema and Buffalo Cheddar

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Burgers

Protein Packed Vegetarian Burgers, loaded with Sweet Potato, Black Beans, and Quinoa, make an incredibly flavorful and healthy meal!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato (a large sized one)
  • 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed
  • 4 ounces green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/4-/2 cup cilantro (depending on your taste preference)
  • 4 ounces chipotle white cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 6 burger buns
  • 1 batch Avocado Sauce
  • Cooking Spray
  • Optional Toppings: lettuce, tomato, red onion

Directions

  1. Add your quinoa and water to a small pan, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 10-15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed.
  2. In a food processor, add the sweet potato, black beans, cooked quinoa, green chilis, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and cilantro. Pulse a few times until well combined.
  3. Transfer to a medium sized bowl, and fold in the panko.
  4. Form into six patties, packing them tightly. Spray a grill pan or skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the patties and cook for about 4 minutes on one side, before carefully flipping them. Add the cheese, and let it melt on while the other side is toasting.
  6. Toast the burger buns in the toaster if you like them toasted.
  7. Place burger patty on the bun, top with avocado crema and any toppings that you desire. Enjoy!

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8 Comments

  • Reply whatjessicabakednext

    These burgers look so good! Love the sound of the buffalo cheddar too- all the ingredients go so well together!

    March 31, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • Reply Alaina

      They really do! Thank you so much 🙂

      April 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I haven’t read the Fifty Shades books, can you believe that? I’m a big book person, but that’s one I haven’t gotten into yet. From what I’ve heard, it’s exactly as you describe — addictive, but yeah definitely not something you’d aspire to have in your life or want your children to read.

    Anyhoo. I’m so making these burgers in the next couple of weeks, they look phenomenal!

    March 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh I’ve read a few knockoff series, and I still keep going back to 50 Shades. If you want an addictive, steamy book, I promise that one will suck you right in! p.s. thanks for the burger love! hope you guys enjoy them!

      April 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Ashley - Baker by Nature

    These burgers…! They’re totally speaking my love language! Especially with that avo crema.

    April 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh I know the feeling. Thank youuuuu!

      April 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Making these burgers. When do you add the pano bread crumbs? Did not see it in the instructions. Thanks!

    April 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      So sorry for the delay in response! I updated the instructions. The panko is added right after you pulse everything together in the food processor.

      April 16, 2014 at 12:06 am

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