Friday, January 24, 2014

Finally! Another Quinoa Recipe I Love

If you've followed my blog for awhile you know I'm not a big quinoa fan. I could never understand how people loved it so much. I tried it so many ways over the years in salads, stews, as a hot breakfast cereal type thing, as a filling in stuffed peppers. You name it, I tried it over and over and HATED it every time. A couple of years ago I developed a modified Bite (Crustless Quiche) with quinoa added which I really loved but that was the only quinoa dish I ever enjoyed eating (or was deemed blogworthy) until now.

I picked up a bag of Red Quinoa at Trader Joe's the other day despite the disapproving comment from my Mum who was with me, "Shell Quinoa!?" She knows. She has been the taste tester of many of my failed quinoa experiments over the years. This is usually how it goes... Hey Mum I'm going to try this magically awesome quinoa recipe. I cook it. We sit down to eat and we both look at each other with scrunched up faces. Quinoa Fail.

Guess what?! THIS is the magically awesome quinoa recipe I've been waiting for. I sort of modified my Lentil Burger recipe. They are soooo good. Mum and I both loved them and had smiles instead of scrunchy faces. Hope you love them as much as we do.


Shelly's Quinoa Burgers

2 cups Cooked Red Quinoa, cooled
2 Eggs, beaten
2 Green Onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
a few twists of Black Pepper
Salt to taste
Canola or Olive Oil to saute

Cook dry quinoa in broth (1 cup quinoa to 2 cup chicken or mushroom broth, bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer till no liquid remains, fluff with fork) and allow to cool. Basically the directions on most packages on quinoa. I just use broth versus water for taste.


Mix all the ingredients together. Using a 1/4 cup measure make 8 "burger patties." Place in pan and flatten slightly. I saute 4 at a time in a 10" non stick pan with a Tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Cook about 5 minutes on one side. Flip once and continue about 5 minutes on other side till golden brown and crispy. Leftovers keep in fridge for a few days. To reheat, nuke a minute then place under the broiler a few minutes to crisp back up.

Serve with Parmesan Yogurt Dip
3 oz. Greek Yogurt, plain
1 Tablespoon Parmesan, grated
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
Salt to taste

Mix till well blended.

This is a perfect Meatless Monday recipe or dinner for a vegetarian in your midst. It's hearty and filling enough that guys and non-ops with be satisfied. I don't do bread but you could certainly serve them like a traditional burger in a bun with the fixings (lettuce, tomato, cheese.)

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7 comments:

Northernlights said...

I'm so glad to see this because I love Quinoa and I was looking for a different kind of burger recipe. I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Aravinda Crocker said...

Thanks for the new Quinoa recipe to try. My kids and I love quinoa, and I'm vegetarian, now 1 year post RNY. Always looking for something new and tasty and HEALTHY to try!

Amanda Sims said...

I am one of those people that LOVE Quinoa. This is my go to recipe that i eat several days a week. I brown ground turkey and season it with taco seasoning. I boils a cup of quinoa according to the package ( I use the light tan color quinoa as it gets softer than the red) when that is done I add salsa. Then I add a pckage of southwestern veggies from the freezer section to my meat then add the quinoa mixture to it. Seriously its delicious!!!

Ammie said...

I love quinoa but I love it popped the most. Popping it adds a nice crunch to anything you sprinkle it on. I love it sprinkled over Greek yogurt, kale & eggs, or over a big, green salad. I've even been known to eat it right out of the jar. You should give it a try.

idajo2 said...

I love quinoa and the burgers are DELICIOUS!! I *need* a burger from time to time and this will be my "go to" from now on! I DID freeze half of them . . tried a frozen one this evening to "test" the texture. I didn't thaw it first . . just spritzed a small frying pan with a bit of Canola-flavored spray, let it heat up and popped the burger in until it was warmed through. . delicious!

Karrah said...

Does it have to be red quinoa in the quinoa burgers? Thanks!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you guys enjoy them! We are officially addicted here.

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I think any quinoa would be fine but the red is tastier I think you will find (I'm not too fond of the white) and the red give the "burgers" a more burger look.