Easy Quinoa Burgers

Easy Quinoa Burgers

Can I get an amen for Friday?

I know this is the second week back from the holidays, but I’m still feeling like the 5-day work week is pretty brutal. I deeefinitely got used to working just a day here and there over Christmas and New Year’s, and these endless 5-day weeks stretching from here to Memorial Day are so unwelcome. Just the thought makes me want to curl up in my robe and slippers and take a nap.

Actually, pretty much all thoughts make me want to do that. I am sleepy with a side of lazy, and the fact that I’m always freezing just makes my robe that much more appealing. Mmm fluffy robe. Can I wear that thing to work? That might make my week better…

Easy Quinoa Burgers

Anyway, in addition to the weekend bringing not-work, I am also excited for this weekend because we are getting our engagement photos taken! We’re planning on doing them mostly outside (brrr! can I wear my robe?) and had to postpone last weekend because of weather, which was disappointing. This weekend we’re going to show up looking our best and let our photographer work her magic! Magically make us not look awkward, that is. Fingers crossed that we get some good shots!

But enough about engagement photos, let’s talk about quinoa! It’s in the blog name, after all.

Easy Quinoa Burgers

You may not have considered the possibility before, but the texture of quinoa is awesome in a burger. I feel like the chewiness of it actually does a better job mimicking the texture of beef than most bean burgers, know what I mean? And even better than beef, the outside of these quinoa burgers get deliciously crispy when pan-fried. There are also panko bread crumbs packed in there for extra crunch! The beans keep it tender and help hold everything together, and the whole combination is pretty magical.

These quinoa burgers are super easy to make and have just a handful of ingredients, most of which I bet you could rustle up from your pantry no problem. I originally made them to use up leftover quinoa after accidentally making about 10 cups worth for dinner one night… oops. Tell me it happens to you, too? If it does, I suggest a double batch of these bad boys.

Easy Quinoa Burgers

You just have to make sure you have some burger fixins on hand for when the craving strikes! And once you try these for the first time, that may be often.

With any burger, the melty cheese totally does it for me. You could probably tell by the pictures that these are no exception…

Easy Quinoa Burgers

Pure crunchy, quinoa-y, melty, cheesy heaven.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Easy Quinoa Burgers
 
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Yields: 4 burgers
Ingredients
For the burgers:
  • 15-oz can cannellini beans
  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • olive oil for pan-frying
For serving:
  • thinly sliced cheddar cheese
  • hamburger buns
  • onion
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • mustard
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mash beans together with a fork. (If you do this in a food processor, pulse it just a few times – process them too much and they’ll turn to a bean dip!)
  2. Mix in quinoa, bread crumbs, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper as necessary. Add the egg and stir until thoroughly incorporated. The mixture should clump up.
  3. Wet your hands or coat lightly with oil to prevent sticking. Form patties – you should get about 4. For best results, cover patties and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before continuing.
  4. Heat about 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add several patties (I can fit 3 at a time in my skillet) and fry until golden-brown on one side. Carefully flip, add a slice of cheddar cheese if desired, and fry for several minutes on the other side. You want to flip the patties only once if possible, as they’re fragile.
  5. If burgers are done but cheese is not yet melted, you can preheat your broiler and broil in the skillet until cheese is fully melted.
  6. Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite burger fixins! I used onion, lettuce, tomato, and mustard. Enjoy!
Notes
Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

 

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  • Aparna B. January 17, 2014, 6:06 am

    I like the new look of the blog! Tres chic! Also, yay on the engagement photos! We had to do ours in March in Michigan, which wasn’t very fun haha. It was cold, but we made it work and our photographer was a-ma-zing. I hope you have a wonderful time and share a few of those pics with all of us! These burgers look awesome! I’ve made black bean and lentil burgers out the wazoo, but never gave quinoa burgers a try. Should do that soon eh? ;)

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  • Kaylee @ Lemons and Basil January 17, 2014, 6:38 am

    Congrats on engagement pictures! I love bean burgers and LOVE quinoa, can’t wait to mix the two and give this one a try! I also love that you used red quinoa, makes it look more like a real burger, which may help persuade my husband :-)

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  • Julia January 17, 2014, 7:05 am

    Being back at work 5 days a week has been heeeeeeeeeeeellacious for me too! I miss them…I miss them holidays. I want them back. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that people were not meant to work 5 days a week. or 8 hours a day. Let’s try 3 days a week, 4 hours a day. mmkay? mmkay!

    I’ve never made quinoa burgers!! I need to try this. Have an awesome weekend and have fun with your engagement photos! Waaaaahoooooo can’t wait to see ‘em!

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  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 17, 2014, 10:08 am

    With all of the veggie bean burgers I’ve made, I’m actually pretty sure I’ve never experimented with quinoa in my burgers before! I really need to change that! And of course no burger is complete without melty cheese ;)

    Have fun with the engagement pix! I can’t wait to see them!!

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  • Joshua Hampton January 17, 2014, 3:32 pm

    That melting cheese… I love my beef patties, but you’ve convinced me to try this quinoa burger. And congrats with the engagement pix.

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  • Monet January 18, 2014, 3:44 pm

    Burgers sound so good right now…especially ones made from quinoa! Thank you for the great vegetarian recipe!

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  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 18, 2014, 6:01 pm

    I hope your photo shoot goes/went well!! I can’t wait to see how they turn out! Even if you are in a robe. ;) We had so much fun doing ours, even though I wasn’t thrilled with how some of them turned out. That could also have to do with the fact that I hate pictures of myself.

    I always have leftover quinoa so you are not alone in your mishaps. I love the idea of using them for veggie burgers, especially ones with melted cheese! Nom.

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  • Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens January 19, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Yep. Been there, done that. I don’t ever feel like I put too much quinoa in to cook, but holy cow. I know it turns into more that I put in, but geez! Sometimes I feel like we eat quinoa for days!!
    This, however, would totally break that cycle – and give us a yummy new dinner! Can’t wait to try. I may or may not have leftover quinoa :)

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  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 20, 2014, 1:31 pm

    These looks amazing!

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  • Jen February 7, 2014, 4:13 pm

    These did not hold together AT ALL! It was a big mess of scrambled quinoa when I was done. The only change I made was adding a tiny bit of chopped parsley….

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