Spicy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Burger Main

Spicy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Burger

MAIN INGREDIENTS Black bean, Butternut squash
RECIPE TYPE Main Course
DIET Vegan
There’s nothing quite like a messy burger, is there? I love them. And what I enjoy most about veggie burgers is the endless possibility of combinations. They are such a great way to increase your vegetable intake, even with veggies you might not like. And this burger is a favorite, because I do love butternut squash. This veggie burger is slightly sweet, earthy and pretty spicy. Oh, and vegan.
|Written January 20, 2013

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 squares (saving the seeds)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Olive oil
SERVINGS6 servings
TOTAL TIME1hour, 10 minutes
PREP15minutes
COOK55minutes

1

Toss 4 cups of butternut squash with just enough olive oil to cover and place it in a baking dish. In a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F, roast the butternut squash for about 45 minutes or until it is super tender.

2

Wash and clean the butternut squash seeds and then fry them in a small frying pan over a medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When they just begin to brown, transfer them to a paper towel lined colander and finish them with sea salt.

Fried Butternut Squash Seeds

3

Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add 1/4 cup of quinoa, reducing it to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes until the quinoa is tender.

Cooked Quinoa for Veggie Burger

4

Add the roasted butternut squash to a large mixing bowl and mash. Add in 1 can of black beans and mash them too. Fold in the cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup of cilantro, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 tablespoons of ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of coriander, butternut squash seeds, 1/4 cup of pistachios, and salt.

Ingredients for Making Butternut Squash Burgers

5

Lightly sweat 1/4 cup of red onion, 3 cloves of garlic and 1 serrano chile in a small sauce pan with one tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat. Fold that into the mixture.

6

Fold in 1 cup of bread crumbs.

Spicy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Burger Mix

7

Using a biscuit cutter, make your veggie patties. You don’t have to do this but I am a bit anal retentive.

Spicy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Burger

8

Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a cast iron skillet and warm it over a medium-high heat. Fry the burgers til browned on each side, adding more oil as needed.

Spicy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Burger Cooked

Enjoy!

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This recipe originally appeared on KQED’s Bay Area Bites.

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