Do a change-up to your breakfast routine with this Southwestern Quinoa-Black Bean Breakfast Burger. The creaminess of a poached egg oozing over the top of this burger is awesomely delicious combined with all the Southwestern flavors of this power-packed breakfast. And, the kick from the chipotle will wake you up and get you moving.
America is so blessed to have such a vast melting-pot of cultures and food choices from all over the world. One of our all-time food flavors is from the Mexican and Spanish influence with their Southwestern cuisine. We never get enough of those tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, flan, and warm tortillas…just to list a few.
Did I hear you ask,…..“Where’s the Beef?” Aha!….this is a burger but not a HAM-burger and it is so amazingly delicious you won’t even miss the beef. It is a nutritious, low-fat, high protein, high-fiber, good-for-you meatless burger to add to our expanding list of Southwestern favorites.
Quinoa is an ancient grain that is actually a seed but treated as a grain. It is a seed-of-many-colors but white, black and red are the most popular. Quinoa is especially high in protein, it is gluten-free and very nutritious and healthy. It is a great alternative to rice and very diet-friendly.
We like using dry black beans as the blackness of the bean is more prominent than in the canned beans. The darker the color, the better for you. But canned and rinsed black beans is an option and they are more convenient. Black beans are legumes and they are high in protein and fiber plus they are heart-healthy and nutritious. They are an inflammatory-fighter with flavonoids that are in the same category as the blue, red and purple fruits and vegetables.
We combined these powerhouse foods with whole kernel corn, onion, garlic, red bell pepper and green chiles. Then we spiced it all up with Southwestern flavors of chipotle, cumin and oregano. We used a ring mold to form the burgers into uniform, four-inch burgers and baked them in the oven. It is super good for breakfast with a poached egg on top.
These burgers will keep in the fridge for several days and are freeze-able! Just pop one in a skillet or microwave to reheat and enjoy.
This quinoa-black bean breakfast burger is not just for breakfast. Serve it as part of your Meatless Monday menu or a low-fat veggie burger with sliced tomato, lettuce and salsa on a toasted bun. Enjoy this deliciously healthy, diet-friendly burger today!
To Poach the Eggs:
Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 212 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 50mg Sodium 312mg Carbohydrates 30g Fiber 6g Sugar 3g Protein 9g