Recipe: Gluten Free Vegetarian Quinoa Burger

gluten free vegetarian quinoa burger

Since I started gluten free burger Fridays I have made burgers using sirloin beef. Well today and next week I thought I would devote my blog to a vegetarian option. This week my burger is made using the great superfood QUINOA. Yes, you can make other things with quinoa beside cookies and cakes. Quinoa is a wonderful choice for a vegetarian burger for it, as I said is a superfood-full of protein and nutrients. I have also packed this burger with an abundance of vegetables, chopped in a food processor and then sautéed to bring out their full flavors.

I hope you give this burger a try and let me know what you think. This burger is not vegan though, for I used an egg to bind the ingredients. I will play with more recipes in the future and work on a vegan burger also. Any ideas?

Recipe: Gluten Free Vegetarian Quinoa Burger

2 cups cooked quinoa
Avocado oil for sautéing the veggies
½ cup finely chopped onions
1 cup carrots, finely shredded
2 stalks celery, finely chopped or shredded
1 cup white mushrooms, shredded
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 egg
3 Tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup sweet potato puree (I use canned sweet potato puree or you can make your own)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp new Mexican chili powder
½ tsp maldon sea salt

In a food processor, finely shred the onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms. Chop the jalapeno by hand. Remove any larger pieces from the food processor.

onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, jalapeno

Heat a large saute pan on low-medium with 1 Tbsp of avocado oil. Add all the veggies and cook until they are softened.

carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions, jalapeno

Once softened add the spices and on low heat cook for 2 more minutes to let the spices heat up and flavors absorb.

In a large bowl add quinoa and sautéed vegetables. Stir to combine. Once combined add egg, cornstarch, and sweet potato. Combine well.

quinoa, vegetables

Heat a non stick frying pan on low-medium heat with 1 tsp avocado oil.
Fill a ½ cup measuring cup firmly, with quinoa mixture.

quinoa burger

Turn measuring cup over onto frying pan. Then with your hands pat the patty down to the size that you would like. I like mine to be the same size of a beef patty.

gluten free vegetarian quinoa burger

Fry patty for 3-5 minutes, on each side, making sure not to burn the quinoa.

gluten free vegetarian quinoa burger

Assembling the burger, I toasted my gluten free bun and put regular mayonnaise on the bottom.
I also topped my burger with jalapeno Monterey jack cheese for a bit of added flavor.

gluten free vegetarian quinoa burger

Top with a couple slices of tomato and then top with bun.

gluten free vegetarian quinoa burger with monterey jack cheese

gluten free vegetarian quinoa burger with monterey jack cheese and tomatoes

I really enjoyed the flavor and texture of this burger and will play with my toppings more next time.

I hope you give this a try!

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