Simple Grain-free Quinoa Veggie Burgers (Vegan, Gluten-free)

Topped with walnut basil pesto and fresh tomatoes, the quinoa patties made an perfect light summer dinner.
One day, I left a pot of cooked quinoa sitting too long before it was served and I realized that quinoa will form a solid mass if you don't fluff it (just like oatmeal does). I decided I had to use that discovery on a later date to make a grain-free and bean-free veggie burger.

The quinoa patties before baking on an oiled parchment paper lined baking sheet.
The method is simple, cook quinoa according to package directions except add about 1/4 cup more water and cook for a few minutes longer (or until all the water is absorbed). A few minutes before the quinoa is done, add spices and/or herbs. For mine, I went with an Italian theme and added finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, a couple of tablespoons of tomato sauce, a splash of balsamic vinegar, finely chopped fresh basil and oregano, marjoram, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, and black pepper. You can easily adjust the flavor profile by adding Mexican, Indian, or American spices instead; any would work. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 30 minutes, but longer is best.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with oiled parchment paper. Scoop 1/4 cup-sized balls of quinoa from of your cooking pan and flatten into patties. Place on prepared baking sheet. Wash hands and repeat until all the cooked quinoa is gone. Bake for 15 minutes and let sit for a few minutes out of the oven. Fry in an oiled pan until both sides are crispy.

I served my patties on a bed of lettuce and topped them with a simple chunky walnut basil pesto and diced local tomatoes. Simple, light, tasty, and delicious!


4 comments:

  1. oh my gosh wow! those burgers look great!

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  2. Uh yeah... I need to try this. Thing is, I never have leftover quinoa because we eat it all up! I've done similar with leftover rice... and even juicer pulp. I love veggie burger creativity!

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    1. Wow! Juicer pulp--I wouldn't have thought of that, what a great idea!

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  3. Ha! It's great when mistakes make delicious meals. These sound awesome.

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