BBQ Kidney Bean and Quinoa Burgers. #Vegan Recipe

I’m feeling my age a little bit today. Which is kind of ironic because I did a kick-ass workout this morning (I mean really that my workout kicked my ass, not the other way around). After a day off on Tuesday, my legs should have felt fresh for my intervals, but no so much. My knee was hurting, my back ached, but I was determined. After three miles with Penny, I dropped her off and went around the corner to my usual fairly flat stretch of road that I use for my interval training.

The plan was for six 1/2 mile intervals at about eight minutes per mile pace. When I got halfway through the first interval and I had to stop because my asthma was threatening I knew it was going to be a tough morning. I took a moment, then finished my first interval. After a short break I ran the half mile back toward my house. That went much better, mostly because it is the slightly downhill half.

At that point I said screw to heck with 1/2 miles, I’ll do quarters. So I did, but again had to stop on the second one because of the asthma. I decided to go grab my husband’s inhaler before I attempted the rest of the workout.

After taking a couple puffs, I felt better, but I still kept my intervals to 1/4 mile repeats. I did four more, for a total of 2.5 miles. Not exactly what I’d had in mind when I started, but, hey, I got it done.

Which brings me to my sore, tired body. I’m not sure what brought this on, but every time I get out of my chair this afternoon, I feel my body rebelling. I think I need a good massage. Ironically, in about 20 minutes I’m going to shoot a video for my “Seven Minute Workout.” That may be very embarrassing interesting.

Oh, and then, when I left to go to work this morning, I had a flat tire! My tires are brand new, so I figured I must have driven over a nail or something. Anyway, Alan put some air in the tires, then I drove to Pep Boys, and after waiting about an hour, had a fixed tire (at no charge). It would have been $23.99 (when did tire repair get so expensive?), but they did it for free because that’s where I bought them.

BBQ Kidney Bean and Quinoa Burgers

As I mentioned the other day, I was preparing these kidney bean and quinoa burgers for Memorial Day. While we didn’t actually barbecue them, they had a nice smoky flavor and spicy taste. Plus, they’re quick and easy enough to prepare any day!

BBQ Kidney Bean & Quinoa Burgers - Vegan

BBQ Kidney Bean & Quinoa Burgers. #Vegan Recipe
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Perfect for a holiday barbecue, but easy enough for any day, these smoky burgers are quick to prepare and good for you too.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-4
  • 1 can (or one cup) of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup prepared quinoa
  • ¼ cup vegan bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 1 Serrano chile, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Combine the ingredients in a food processor. Process until well mixed but leave some texture to the beans and veggies. If it is too thick, add about a tablespoon of water, but be careful. Too much water and your burger won't hold together.
  2. Divide into 2-4 portions and form into patties. Cook until browned on both sides and heated through.

BBQ Kidney Bean Burgers - Vegan

These burgers really are easy to make and they’re pretty healthy too. We actually had the leftover’s for dinner on Wednesday, because after my long day of getting my butt kicked on the run, my tire fixed, not to mention working and making an exercise video, for some reason I just didn’t feel like cooking. They were delicious in a pita with hummus, tahini sauce, quinoa, and some cut up veggies.

So, have you had a workout that kicked your butt? Do you believe what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger?

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  1. says

    Girl, you don’t even want to get me started on car issues right now! I just had a lousy weekend with ours. πŸ™‚

    I’m always looking for a good bean burger. I’ve actually never put quinoa in one so I’ve got to try yours. Pinned!
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  2. says

    Burger sounds fantastic. Love using red beans as an alternative. I think they hold together better too – more firm. And man I hear you on some days feeling your age. Just keep moving is what I tell myself πŸ˜‰

  3. says

    This sounds tasty, I will have to sneak it past the family, one whiff of healthy and they run, but I am going to print and try! Sorry about the workout, in Jersey the air quality stinks today, and I felt much the same way. If only my eyes would stop itching now! UGH!
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  4. says

    sounds deeelish! i am in love with lentil burgers. i have been experimenting with different things, even mixing butternut squash with them too. so good!

  5. says

    Love the recipe!

    Ah, feeling the age. I have been there & will be there again. Some days we just don’t feel it. I do like you – do my best even if I tone it down & move on. I do know for a fact that I have slowed in my workouts over the years. I do them hard BUT they take me longer even though I still don’t stop for est with weights – how does that work. πŸ˜‰
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