You may be hearing all about how quinoa is a protein filled, tasty grain, but have you thought about it as an alternative for burgers at your next BBQ? Impress your vegetarian guests with these delicious and easy to prepare burgers You can brown them in a pan and then finish off on the grill. Enjoy!
Quinoa Vegetable Burgers
Makes 8 burgers
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained (makes 2 cups cooked)
2 cups water (to cook quinoa)
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2/3 cup grated carrots (squeeze dry)
1/2 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry or grated zuchini
Zest of 1 large lemon-optional
3/4-one cup healthy pancake mix or flour (if it is too runny, add a little more so you can shape into a patty)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside off of the heat for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside to let cool.
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa with onion, garlic, carrots, spinach or zucchini, zest, flour or pancake mix, baking powder, egg, salt and pepper. Form mixture into eight patties and pan fry to brown on each side, a minute or two.Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or place on a grill. Bake or grill, flipping halfway through, until lightly browned and just crisp, about 25 minutes in the oven, a little less on the grill. Serve with a creamy sauce like mayo mixed with chili sauce, tahini sauce, edamame dip or beet dip found on the Take Back the Kitchen blog.