|Really bad picture, really good flavored bean burger. Don't let its appearance fool you.|
I had to make the name fun so my kids would think it was equally fun to eat it. They did. They not only thought it was fun, they also thought it was delicious. The kids both had two burgers and my husband had 3, leaving me with one to eat, since the recipe made 8. I didn't mind. The temptation for more calories was taken away. Better in their bellies than on mine.
Secretly, while they were munching away I was thinking about how much nutrition they were getting. I especially felt that way because my older daughter thought she would like to become a vegetarian about a month ago. Getting protein into the girl has been a bit of a challenge. Man can not live by cheese alone, or can he? Cheese is pretty important to our family. We do not buy deli meats as a general rule. We eat a lot of vegetarian meals just because a couple years ago we decided it was more economical and better for the planet if we ate less meat. So, bean burgers are no surprise in this family.
Inside these beauties and seriously it was one of the best bean burgers I have made, is quinoa, mung beans and eggs. I definitely hit a high protein mark!
Yes, I know the name is silly but that is how I roll. You can be all serious and call them Mung and Quinoa burgers if you like- but see if your kids get excited to eat them.
Mung Bung Bean Burgers
2 cups cooked green mung beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup panko crumbs
1 small onion, minced
4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese (this gives the burgers their big flavor-don't substitute)
1 generous teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 packet Goya Sazon (you can skip this but it gives the burgers some nice umami)
Once your quinoa is cooked and your mung beans are cooked you are good to go. I had cooked the beans a few days before making it. It is helpful to season the mung beans as they are cooking- a little bit of salt and garlic if you like.
Mix all the ingredients together and let it sit while you get out your pan, etc. Its up to you if you want to fry these in oil. I did- but you don't need a lot of oil to do it.
Form the bean mixture into patties. Fry on a moderate heat, turning once they are browned.