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Active time
10 minutes
Total time
1 hour 10 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
1 burger

2 teaspoons olive oil

½ cup finely chopped mushrooms 

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ cup cooked quinoa

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 medium beet (raw), finely grated

½ tsp cumin

¼ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp smoked paprika

¼ cup raw walnuts, crushed or ground into a loose meal

4 small whole wheat pitas

Optional for serving: avocado slices, spinach, blue cheese, or goat cheese

  1. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper, and cook until slightly browned and fragrant – about 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the black beans with the mushrooms.
  4. Add the quinoa, beets, spices, and walnuts, and stir.  
  5. Form into 4 large patties, then set in the fridge to chill while your oven preheats to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Arrange patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes, gently flipping at the halfway mark.
  7. Serve each burger in a whole wheat pita. Feel free to garnish with other toppings, like avocado slices, mixed greens, or cheese.

An Oldways Whole Grains Council recipe, courtesy of Kelly Toups

(adapted from The Minimalist Baker)


Calories: 360
Total Fat: 16g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Sodium: 470mg
Carbohydrate: 47g
Fiber: 13g
Total Sugar: 3g (Added Sugar: 0g)
Protein: 13g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 burger

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Hi. Can you tell me if the finely grated beet should be cooked or raw when mixing it in with the other ingredients? Thank you.
Hi Brigette -- That's a great question. The beet should be raw when you grate it and add it to the other ingredients. It gets baked in the oven afterward. I'll adjust the ingredients list so that's more clear.

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