Last night I was in a rush to fix something for dinner so I decided to pull together whatever I had in the refrigerator. With a little luck, I had left over quinoa and some fresh eggs. Along with a few staple items; onion, garlic, bread crumbs and olive oil, I was able to whip together some awesome quinoa burgers. And the best quinoa burgers were born.
These burgers are not only a great vegetarian alternative, but are also a great protein-packed snack. Eat them plain, on a bun, in a wrap, on a salad, or even get a little crazy and put them in home-made sushi. All delicious, nutritious and super easy!
This recipe is adapted from one of my most favorite cookbooks “Super Natural Every Day” by Heidi Swanson. Heidi is a fellow Cali girl with a rocking blog called 101 cookbooks. Her recipes are all based on local, vegetarian dishes that are quick to the table but packed full of deliciousness. Perfect for any occasion whether your a vege newbie, an old veteran or an exploring carnivore.
Ingredients (12 Patties):
2 cups of cooked quinoa (sprouted is best)
4 large organic eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp unheated raw sea salt
1/3 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
1 sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (Italian Style)
1 tbs organic olive oil
2 tsp ground clove
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1) Combine 2 cups of well-rinsed uncooked quinoa with 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Add 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat, and simmer for 25- 30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender.
2) Finely chop onion, chives and garlic.
3) Combine beaten eggs, chopped onion, garlic and chives in a medium mixing bowl. If you don’t have a mixing bowl, any medium size bowl will work.
4) Now add the bread crumbs and cooked quinoa and stir. You will want to let the breadcrumbs to sit for a couple minutes in the mix so that they can absorb the moisture.
5) Add chopped cilantro and ground clove to the mixture. Turn the mixer on medium and let it mix for about 5 minutes. If you are doing this by hand, mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
6) At this point, make sure that the mixture is moist enough. If not, feel free to add a little water or olive oil. If it happens to be too dry, feel free to add additional bread crumbs.
7) Once the mixture is moist enough, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully form the mixture into twelve 1 inch thick patties. They usually will be pretty sticky, so feel free to add a bit of flour to your hands. You will want to form each patty individually and put it right on the skillet.
8 ) You want to make sure that the oil is not too hot (bubbling) because you will be damaging the oil. So if you adjust the heat to a medium-low you should be okay. Heat each patty for about 7-10 minutes and then use a spatula to flip over. You will notice that the patties are done when they are slightly golden brown on each side.
9) Remove the patties from skillet and let them cool on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes.
10) Place on a plate and fix anyway you so choose. My favorite way to eat them is plain with some fresh red peppers and mango chutney sauce… a little sweet and a little crunch!