Quinoa, butterbean and butternut squash burger

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Quinoa, butterbean and butternut squash burger
These are really tasty and look great, a lovely golden colour. They keep well for a couple of days in the fridge and are good served with slices of ripe avocado.

200g quinoa

380ml water

Zest 1 lemon

2 tsp sumac (paprika is also fine if you don't have sumac)

Leaves from 7 spigs of fresh thyme

1 red onion

1 medium buternut squash

1x 400g tin of butter beans

1 tsp salt

3 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

8 sun-dried tomatoes

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 bsp lemon juice

1 small clove of garlice

2 tbsp olive oil

Half tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6.

Put the quinoa, water, lemon zest, sumac and thyme into a medium pan. 

Bring to the boil then reuce to a simmer and cook, covered, until all the water is absorbed. Set aside.

Peel the red onion and slice into half moons. Peel and halve the butternut squash, take the seeds out, and roughly chop the flesh. Drain the butter beans and rinse throughly.

Put the sliced onion into a bowl and add 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar. Transfer them to one end of a lined baking tray, with the buternut squash at the other.

Roast in the oven fo 30 minutes. Leave the oven on as you will need it later.

Put half the quinoa mixture into a large bowl and add half the butter beans, the roasted re onions and the pasley. Mix well together.

Put the other half of the quinoa e onions and the parsley. Mix well together. 

Put the other half of the quinoa an butter beans into a food processor and add the sun-dried tomatoes, roasted squash, sesame seeds, lemon juice, peeled garlic, olive oil, salt and the remaining tsp of balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth.

Add the blended mixture to the bowl of quinoa and mix well. Shape into burger-shaped patties, using your hands. 

At this stage he mixture should feel wet, but it will solidify once baked.

Put the burgers on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and roast in the oven for 35 minutes. 

Serve topped with slices of ripe avocado, and with hummus or harissa alongside.

makes 4-5 burgers

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
60 minutes

Main ingredients
Vegetables, Seeds

Recipe Type
Dinner, Entertaining, Family Dinners, Kids Food, Quick Meals

Level of Difficulty

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