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Our friends at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, New Jersey, share recipes created in their Culinary Arts program on their blog, Our Daily Bread. This recipe is printed here with permission from MHCA Culinary Arts teacher Frank LaMendola.


This meatless recipe is a great idea to make during the time of Lent! Especially for those that find it difficult to not eat hamburgers, there’s a new type of burger, a black bean burger! This recipe takes no time to make, and not only is it super healthy ... it's also delicious!

by Paige Finaldi




Black Bean Quinoa Burgers


1 ½ cups cooked black beans divided 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce 1 onion, chopped fine 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste ½ teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, more or less to taste Salt and Pepper to taste 1 cup cooked quinoa ½ cup breadcrumbs ¼ cup cilantro, minced ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 2 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons avocado oil for cooking


1. Place ½ cup of black beans in the bowl of the food processor with the chipotle chili. Pulse until well combined. Combine with the remainder of black beans in a large bowl.

2. Heat skillet sprayed with oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and combine with black bean mixture.

3. Stir in quinoa, breadcrumbs and cilantro. Allow to cool for 3 to 4 minutes and add in eggs and cheese.

4. Form patties and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 6 minutes per side.

5. Optional: For firmer burgers in the center, bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

6. Serve on buns with desired fixings. Also great over a bed of greens.


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Copyright 2019 Mary Help of Christians Academy Culinary Arts

About the author: Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education.