Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time:
30 Mins
Total Time:
45 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

Store-bought buns and bread nearly always contain artificial preservatives to help maintain freshness. Instead, buy whole-grain buns from your local bakery, where ingredients are kept clean and simple. Tightly wrap extra buns, and freeze (do not refrigerate--this will cause bread to stale faster) for up to 3 months.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Spread half of beans in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Place toasted beans in a large bowl.

Step 3

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Add 3 tablespoons quinoa; cook 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Add 6 tablespoons water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Step 4

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa, mushrooms, garlic, and remaining (untoasted) beans in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the cooked quinoa mixture, cilantro, serrano, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, chile powder, and egg; pulse until combined. Add mixture to toasted beans; stir well to combine. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions; shape each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Step 5

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties; cook 10 minutes, gently turning once.

Step 6

Combine chopped avocado, lime juice, tomatillo, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; mash to desired consistency.

Step 7

Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun. Top each patty with 1 tomato slice, 1 onion slice, and about 2 tablespoons avocado mixture. Top with top halves of buns.

Chef's Notes

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