Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa Burgers - a healthy vegetarian weeknight meal - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com Quinoa. The ever so popular seed. Yup, it’s a seed. Not a grain.

I’ve been eating this stuff before it got popular in 2012-2013. As soon as I found out that I could get a ton of protein from this super versatile gem, I was completely sold. As a vegetarian, getting enough protein can be difficult. Well, at least for me. I’m against reading labels. I eat what sounds good. I don’t keep track of how much protein/fat/carbs I have every day. So to stay healthy and balanced, I have to ensure that I’m getting in the essential protein-packed foods when I can! Which is where quinoa comes in.

The very first time I tried making quinoa burgers about 4 years ago, it was a disaster. A big fall-apart-y mess. It stuck to the pan. It wouldn’t stay together when I tried to flip it. But when I tasted is, I was in LOVE! I just had to find a way to keep the awesome flavors and have it work together from my pan, spatula, plate, to mouth.Lots of trials went down at that point.

After roughly four years, I can say a couple facts about my quinoa burgers:

1. they are not pretty to look at (aka, a pain in my ass to photograph)

2. they are perfection

3. sometimes i just eat the mixture by the spoonful before frying it up (don’t tell my mom i’m eating raw eggs…) So there’s that.

This burger is perfectly yummy – not so perfectly pretty. But really, who cares. It’s all going to look the same in the end… yup…

And now before I really get into potty-talk, I’m just going to move on.

Try these – put them on your weeknight rotation. You’ll thank me!

Quinoa Burgers - a healthy vegetarian weeknight meal - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com  

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Quinoa Burgers
Servings: 10 patties
Ingredients
  • 3 cups quinoa , cooked (instructions on how to cook quinoa
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 medium carrot , finely grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 green onions , chopped, including white parts
  • 1/2 teaspoon Splenda or sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • olive or coconut oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, Splenda, and seasonings.
  2. Heat a frying pan or large skilled and a couple teaspoons of oil over medium heat. Measure 1/4 cup of quinoa mixture into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Mixture will be slightly sticky.
  3. Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side.
Recipe Notes
Feel free to top with ranch, hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, sprouts, etc. I serve these on a Bagelthin.

 Quinoa Burgers - a healthy vegetarian weeknight meal - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Comments

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Veggie burgers can be a tricky beast. You want them to stay together, taste good, and still be easy to make… All of these things can be difficult. But this recipe has it all! Let me know what you think!

  1. Nancy A. says

    I will have to try making these. I have disasters making bean burgers that didn’t stay together when you flip them.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      oh, i have TOTALLY had those types of disasters. Believe me. And I’ll admit, these burgers DO take some working with, and you have to be gentle when you flip them, but they definitely stay together.

  2. Ashley says

    If I have left over mix how would you recommend storing it? Would it be best to cook all the burgers first or just store the mix in the fridge or freezer? I thought they tasted great it just makes Way to much for my family of 4!! 🙂

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Hi Ashley! I’m so glad you tried and liked them! As for leftover mix, I would make them up and freeze the patties for later.

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