If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate some protein-packed quinoa and nutrient-rich veggies into your summer meal rotation, but want to move away from the typical grain salad, this recipe is a great idea. These patties are chock-full of whole-grain goodness and varied veggies. They’re easy to make, and delicious with traditional burger fixings, in a wrap, or even just on their own with a side salad. They’re also insanely good for you. Even my toddlers were huge fans. That means these will DEFINITELY reappear often. How often can I normally convince my girls to eat quinoa+mushrooms+carrots+zucchini?
If you’re having a BBQ and want to have some vegetarian-friendly fare, making a pile of these burgers in advance, pan-frying them in a skillet, and setting them aside would be a great idea. Then, when it’s time to eat, you can have a little veggie section of the grill and then reheat them lightly. I wouldn’t suggest cooking them for the first time on the grill, because I think they’re too delicate like that–as many veggie burgers are.
My favourite topping for these was tomato chow-chow and pickled peppers, but I know a dab of goat cheese would also be perfect, with maybe a wedge of roasted plum tomato. Mmmmm.
|Quinoa Veggie Burgers||
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup white mushrooms, coarsely grated
- 2 cups coarsely grated zucchini (1 large zucchini should do it)
- 1 cup coarsely grated carrot (2 medium carrots)
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill–or whatever other fresh herbs you have on hand
- cooking spray to cook the burgers
- Optional: wraps, buns, and burger toppings
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add oil. Saute your mushrooms, carrots, onions, zucchini, and garlic for about 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
- In a large bowl, mix the vegetables with the quinoa, beaten egg, cornstarch, spices, and fresh herbs.
- Form into patties. Clean your skillet from the vegetables. (Make sure it’s not too hot for that!)
- Reheat skillet with some cooking spray. Cook each patty on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat.
- Serve on a burger bun, or a wrap, or on its own. Add your toppings and enjoy.