Quinoa Burgers Pursuit of Healthy Happiness

Quinoa Burgers  Pursuit of Healthy Happiness

Food. Fitness. And everything in between.

This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend time with my family in D.C. My mom is one of 9 kids, so my family’s quite large to say the least. While we were all together, we had our traditional Soup Sunday. Everyone brings a big ol’ Crockpot of soup to share, you grab a mug-and according to Grandpa it must be a mug, no bowls allowed-and you make your way through the smorgasbord, sampling all the deliciousness.

Mmmm…soup. Have I mentioned I love soup?

Anyhow, while we were all cooking, my aunt requested that I do a post about quinoa. She had recently started eating it, but was struggling to find any good recipes that weren’t your basic, run-of-the-mill, cook-quinoa-season-&-eat. So I brainstormed. And came up with this delicious, relatively cheap, and pretty easy recipe.

The great thing about it is that the burger itself is pretty simple in flavor, making it extremely versatile. Using the same recipe you could make an entirely different tasting meal just by switching up your topping. You could do an avocado and chipotle pepper topping or a blue cheese and hot sauce topping. By switching out the dried dill for oregano and topping with a red sauce and fresh parmesan cheese, you have an Italian-inspired quinoa burger! With a little creativity there are nearly endless combinations of burgers and toppings.

1 cup cooked quinoa (Not sure how to make quinoa? I used this recipe)

1/4 cup breadcrumb mixture (3 tablespoons ground flax seed, 1 tablespoon traditional breadcrumbs)

In a bowl combine all burger ingredients. Mix well. Form into equal sized patties. I made a total of 7. Place patties in fridge while you prepare the salsa topping.

Combine all salsa ingredients. Place in a food processor and blend until you reach the desired consistency. (I had originally intended on doing a chunky salsa but halfway trough decided that I wanted it a bit thinner. If your are going to be using a food processor you won’t need to dice all your ingredients before hand like I did). Slightly strain some of the liquid.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, ensuring the entire surface of the pan is coated. Add quinoa burgers, cover, and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, depending how crispy you like them.

Place burger on a bed of fresh lettuce, or a bun if you prefer. Top with Greek-Inspired Salsa, fresh-squeezed lime juice, salt, and a dash of chili pepper.

What’s your favorite quinoa recipe?

What other toppings would you try?

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Samantha Bader, MPH Welcome! I''m Sam, a health & wellness specialist & blogger. Lover of coffee, books, & adventure. Living in Philadelphia & striving to live a healthy, happy life.

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