Meatless Monday: Quinoa Burgers

Another Chicago Now blogger wrote a compelling piece about the superfood quinoa and suggested this week's recipe.  I didn't know much about quinoa and did some research.

Quinoa, pronounced keenwa, has a very high protein content and contains amino acids, which can ward of illnesses.  In addition, it contains a large amount of fiber and iron.  Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown mostly for its edible seeds.

 I decided my first attempt at cooking and introducing my family to quinoa was best in a burger form. This recipe appealed to me for two additional reasons: 

1.  It is vegan.

2.  Who doesn't love a burger?

Assuming I would have to go to a specialty health food store, I was surprised to find all the ingredients at Jewel.  


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup hummus OR 1/2 cup mashed cooked chickpeas + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal or egg replacer
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce OR Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaf
  • 1/2 tsp gr cumin seed
  • 1 tsp gr coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 Tbsp potato starch OR wheat flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste

I cooked the quinoa; dry roasted the herbs and then blended all the ingredients in my food processor.



Plain cooked quinoa.

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All ingredients combined in food processor.



I let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for over an hour.  I love to prepare dinner in the afternoon, while I still have energy. 

Once my husband was on his way home, I rolled them into patties and fried in olive oil about 10 minutes on each side.  To further fool my family about this vitamin rich meal, I served with french fries.  In an ideal world, I would have made sweet potato fries, but that wasn't in the cards for tonight. 


 The result was another successful meal.  I am most impressed that my meat and potatoes husband cleaned his plate. I'm thrilled to know my partner is getting the fiber, iron and protein from the quinoa and flaxseed.  It reminded me a little of the taste of falafel, which was obviously from the hummus.  The kids wouldn't eat it, but at least they tried something new.

I am suffiently full and satisfied.  How was your Meatless Monday?  What did you make?  I love your ideas and suggestions. 


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  • Yum!! It looks great! I love is very versatile. I am sending you a good vegetarian cookbook from Amazon, so look for it in the mail.

  • And why do I have a street hole as my tag photo? Where did that come from? How can I remove that?

  • In reply to shellywaldman1:

    Shelly, I cannot wait to find some new recipes from the cookbook. Thank you so much.

    I think you can click on the photo and change it to a different photo.

  • In reply to shellywaldman1:

    We love quinoa. Most of the people we suggest it to look at us funny. Damn suburbs.

  • In reply to nixhexison:

    Quinoa does sound a little intimidating. But, it is so easy to cook with.

  • In reply to shellywaldman1:

    perfect beth - will try this. Although as part of the "regime" you can't have oils, not even olive oil. how do you think it would do either baked or pan-fried with no oil? Will share some good vegan recipes with you too when I have a chance to type them out! X

  • In reply to MegStack:

    Wow, Megs. You guys are really cleansing your bodies without even any oil. I am sure you can bake or pan fry. Just make sure you let chill for a awhile so it doesn't fall apart. Let me know how it turns out.

  • In reply to MegStack:

    Beth - Thanks for linking up with me this week to share your post. I need you to follow all of the steps please or I will have to delete your link. :(

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