I’ve been cooking quinoa for some years now, it makes a pretty awesome and versatile side dish, an amazing crunchy topping.. and I even found a way to hide it in cake; but I’ll be honest I never thought I’d be mixing it together and making it a burger.. but oh man! I’m glad I did! I think this may be my favorite way to eat quinoa, for now at least. With a handful of simple, healthy ingredients you can make this incredible, satisfying meal that everyone is sure to love.

Speaking of surprises.. did you know you could make an “egg” out of flaxseed meal?? No? It’s alright, until super recently.. I didn’t either, but it has been a lifesaver with this whole vegan thing! I won’t lie, in baked goods it will add an earthy/nutty type of flavor that may not be desired, but in recipes you won’t even know it’s there, except, of course, that magically, your ingredients are sticking together.

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Easy Quinoa Burgers {Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo}

With a handful of simple, healthy ingredients you can make this incredible, satisfying meal that everyone is sure to love.

  • Yield: 8 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 yellow onion (~1 cup), finely diced
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 eggs or flax eggs
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • Salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste
  • Small handful cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 green onion, finely chopped
  • Coconut oil
  • For serving: lettuce leave, avocado slices, sweet chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Begin by cooking 1 cup dried quinoa to directions (generally 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups liquid, I prefer to cook mine with vegetable broth for more flavor. When cooked, remove from heat and uncover.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium high heat melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and begin cook onion, carrot and bell peppers until softened (~7 minutes), stirring frequently. When veggies are soft, add garlic and continue cooking for about 2 minutes, until garlic is soft and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  3.  Combine cooked quinoa and veggies, stir in eggs or flax eggs and cornmeal, mixture should begin to stick together. Add cilantro, onion and season with salt, pepper and cumin to taste, stirring gently.
  4. When ready to cook, melt a small amount of coconut oil in a medium pan over medium high heat. Patty burgers by firmly pressing prepared mixture into burger form.
  5. Gently place burgers into preheated pan and allow to cook for several minutes until browned. Flip burgers gently and continue cooking to brown on opposite side. Remove from heat and serve.
  6. Suggested serving: place quinoa burgers onto lettuce leaves, top with avocado slices and drizzle with sweet chili sauce.

Source: See Brooke Cook Original

Notes

*You can easily half recipe, as is this will yield 8 large burgers

 

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