• 1 Cup quinoa, cooked and cooled (optional)
  • 1 Can (16 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, diced small (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 small onion, diced small (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 celery stalk, diced small (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 Cup California raisins, chopped fine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 Teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 Cups dry bread crumbs
  • 12 small whole wheat rolls


If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil.  If baking, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork or potato masher until thick and pasty.  In a small bowl, mix diced pepper, onion, celery and garlic with raisins; turn into bowl with mashed beans and stir all together. In another small bowl, stir together egg, salt, chili powder, chipotle powder, and cumin.  Stir egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs and quinoa until mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into small patties.

To cook on the grill, arrange patties in single layer on lightly oiled aluminum foil, and grill 8 minutes on each side; until cooked and hot clear through. If baking in oven, place patties on greased or oiled baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.  Place on a whole wheat, 4-inch hamburger roll, serve with avocado, lettuce, tomato and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 170 (Calories from Fat 12%); Total Fat 2 ( Saturated Fat 0; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 20; Sodium 240; Potassium 326; Total Carbohydrate 31; Dietary Fiber 6; Sugars 5; Protein 7; Calcium 57; Iron 3;

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