Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quinoa Burgers with Mexican Flare

I absolutely love quinoa burgers.  Mostly because my two year old likes them (wouldn't most moms say that?) and because my husband and I also think they are delicious.  They are versatile and  great vegetarian, allergy free option for my dinner rotation.  My two year old is not a huge fan of eating quinoa on its own, so this is a great way to serve it (with a little dip, of course - plain yogurt, organic ketchup, you name it!)  If you are not familiar with quinoa, it is an "ancient grain" that is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. (This definition is taken from this site). 

I took the original quinoa burger recipe that I use and spruced it up with some "Mexican flare."  It was even more delicious than the original!  I love Mexican food, as it is easy to bump up the nutrients with side dishes (avocado, greens, beans, etc.)

Quinoa Burgers (with a Mexican touch)
Adapted from original recipe here


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked = 3 cups cooked - prepare 3 cups and freeze the other half for your next batch of burgers!  I recommend preparing it with vegetable or chicken broth for added flavor).
  • 1/2 cup cooked organic black beans (or canned) + 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp egg replacer or ground chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping tsp cumin
  • 1 heaping tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 Tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Directions

    Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium
    Add all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a ball of dough
    If you have time, chill the mixture (you can leave it overnight or for the day)
    Divide burger mix into 5 equal portions form patties (wet your hands to make this a little easier)
    Fry in a little coconut oil on medium heat, 5 - 10 minutes each side, until browned and firm

    (You can freeze these uncooked, thaw and cook as desired).

    Serve on their own topped with a little salsa or as shown (brown rice tortilla, wraps, greens, and a little melted organic cheese).

    Re-posted at:

    Day2DayJoys: Healthy 2day Wednesdays
    Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery Lunchbox Love
    Fresh Bites Friday

    1 comment:

    1. Sounds like a perfect vegetarian burger. Love this even without cheese, which I prefer.

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