easy garbanzo burgers

Packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants from garbanzos and quinoa, and beta-carotene from sweet potatoes, these burgers are simple to make, hold together well while forming and are 100% delicious.  This is a handy use for leftover quinoa (or brown rice), and frozen vegetables sitting in your freezer because, like me, you bought them just in case, but prefer fresh.

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Prep time:  20 minutes

Bake time:  20 – 25 minutes

Step 1:  Gather ingredients:

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1 1/2 c garbanzos, cooked

1 1/2 c frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

1 medium sweet potato, cooked

1 T olive oil, + a little more for greasing baking sheet

1/2 large red bell pepper

1/2 large red onion

1 c quinoa, cooked  

1/2 t ground or cracked black pepper

1/2 t ground cumin

1/4 t salt

3 T nutritional yeast   *see note at bottom if you don’t know what it is. 

Step 2:

Pulse onion in food processor a few times, till chopped.  Cook chopped onion in olive oil till soft.

Pulse red pepper in food processor till chopped.   Add chopped red pepper to onion; cook just enough for it to lose a little moisture.  Add black pepper, cumin, and salt.  Set aside.  Preheat oven to 425 now. 

Step 3:

Place garbanzos, mixed vegetables, sweet potato, and quinoa in food processor.  Process at medium setting for 5 seconds or so, till it looks like the photo (not this one, the next one down, once it’s in the bowl) or to your desired texture.

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Step 4:

Place this mixture in large mixing bowl.  Add onion mixture and nutritional yeast.  Mix with wooden spoon.

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Step 5:

Form into patties by scooping with 1/3 c measuring cup, flatten slightly with hands.  Place each of 12 patties onto baking sheet lightly greased with olive oil.  Bake 20 -25 minutes or until slightly browned, turning them over about halfway through for golden brown color.

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Serve with or without condiments and bread.  I like them over a bed of salad greens.

*Susan from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen answers your question, what is  nutritional yeast ?!

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