Quinoa Veggie Burger
Quinoa (keen-wah). I’d heard of it and that it was good for you, but had no idea what it was or how to use it. After doing a little searching, I discovered a recipe on EatingWell.com that sounded good: Quinoa Veggie Burgers. I liked hamburgers, and the other ingredients sounded pretty good as well. So, I decided to give it a try.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup red quinoa
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 cups finely chopped cremini or white button mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup whole pecans, toasted and finely chopped
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 8 small whole-wheat burger buns
The first step was pretty simple: heat the water and quinoa together until they boil, then cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. This was pretty easy – just like cooking rice. While the quinoa was cooking, I got to doing what else I could to prepare dinner.
For starters, I set out to toast the pecans. Again, this was pretty easy. I followed a tip on the recipe and, after measuring out the amount I needed, roasted the pecans on a cookie sheet for about 7 minutes at 350 degrees. While the quinoa was still cooking, I used my food processor to chop/dice an onion, the roasted pecans, and an 8 oz package of white button mushrooms. Once the quinoa was finished cooking, I set it aside to cool for about 10 minutes, and then fluffed with a fork.
After heating up the oil in a saucepan for about 5 minutes, I added the mushrooms, garlic, marjoram, and oregano, cooking for about another 5 minutes. This was then set aside to cool as well.
Once the mushrooms/onions were cooled down, I combined them with the quinoa, a beaten egg, and all the other ingredients in a large bowl until everything was mixed pretty well.
Then, using a 1/2 measuring cup, scooped the mixture into 8 “patties” on a greased cookie sheet.
These were a little crispy, but VERY good! Everything mixes together so well that you can’t pinpoint any one ingredient. I fell in love with these and have cooked them at least three more times since I first discovered the recipe four months ago. The kids enjoy them as well. The last time we made them, AJ ate a whole burger (not just the bun like she usually does)!
If you are looking for a recipe to introduce you to quinoa, I highly recommend giving this a try!