I’ve been on a Quinoa kick as of late. Last week I made Quinoa Patties and well…now Quinoa Burgers. This recipe is perfect for both, and if you have kids, they will looove the smaller version of these. They are a little reminiscent of “chic’n nuggets” in taste to me and are great to take along with you as a snack/meal. I decided to bake these burgers, because they seem to hold together really well that way, but I’m sure if handled with care, they can be lightly pan fried in a small amount of oil (I just wouldn’t handle them a lot). Also, if you’re like me and never know what to expect at cookouts and typically bring you’re own food in fear that they won’t have any vegetarian friendly dishes, then these are super easy to bring. The other great thing about these are that they are really versatile. You can add whatever spices/fresh herbs you like and whatever type of cheese you like. Another suggestion for these are adding a bit of green leafy veggies such as: swiss chard, spinach, or kale and maybe serving them with a lemony herb yogurt type sauce.They are soooo delicious.
Recipe: Serves 6
1 cup of Quinoa – (2 1/2 cups cooked according to package)
(I used plain, but you can use whatever type you like)
1 cup of plain Bread Crumbs
3/4 cup of Parmesan Cheese (grated/shredded)
1/4 cup of Goat Cheese/Feta Cheese Crumbles
1/2 cup of Buttermilk
1/3 cup of fresh Chives(chopped)
3 Free Range Large Eggs
1 teaspoon of Garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt (optional)
1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Cumin
1/2 teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
1 pinch of Red Chili Flakes (optional)
Preheat oven at 375 degrees. In a big bowl, mix all ingredients in well together. Let sit/rest for 15 minutes or so to let the bread crumbs absorb the moisture. Form 6 large patties (or 12 small patties), and place them onto a large line baking sheet. I found the best trick to forming the patties is to do them with wet hands. Form 3 patties(about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter), then rinse hands and then form the rest. I also sprayed my baking sheet with a little Vegetable Oil, but it’s not a must. Bake on middle rack in oven for 35 – 40 minutes, flipping over half way through the cooking process. Once golden brown, take them out and let them cool for at least 10 minutes.
Then grab your favorite bun top your Burgers with whatever you like. Hopefully you won’t be like me and get too carried away with the toppings…so that you almost have to eat your burger with a fork! *smiles* I added a homemade sauce pictured to the right (1 tablespoon of mayo, 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon of chopped pickled jalapeno’s) because I like a little spice, and some fresh guacamole that I picked up from my local market), mixed field greens, purple cabbage, tomatoes, pickles, and a slice of asiago cheese.