Gluten-Free Quinoa Veggie Burgers

So, I’m on the hunt for a delicious, grainy veggie burger.

I don’t want something that pretends to be meat, in either texture or flavour.  My favourite veggie burgers have always had whole grains and lots of flavour, so I’m trying to come up with the perfect recipe.  Tonight was attempt #1… quinoa veggie burgers.

The final verdict?  Great texture, not enough flavour.  Held together really well (thanks to two whole eggs and a bit of amaranth flour), but needed way more flavour.  Next time: sautéeing the mushrooms and adding some extra veggies along with more interesting herbs and spices should help.  But this is a start.  In case you’re intrigued… here’s the recipe.  Good enough for a dinner along with a skinny bun, spicy ketchup and dijon, and baked sweet potato fries with paprika.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Food Everyday, found via The Mill Room

  • 1 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 c. veggie stock
  • 1  carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 1/2 c. amaranth flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 dashes of hot sauce, to taste (optional)

To Cook Quinoa: In a pot, combine 2 c. of stock and 1 c. of quinoa.  Bring to a boil, turn off heat but leave the pot on the warm element, and leave for 12-15 minutes, until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed.

To Make Burgers:

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a food processor, blitz carrot, onion, garlic, and mushrooms.  Add eggs, flour, tamari, hot sauce, and pepper, and pulse until combined.  Fold in cooked quinoa by hand, to preserve the grainy texture.

Form mixture into 3/4-inch-thick patties. If very soft, pop in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.

Place patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat, and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes per side.  If you would like to freeze the extra patties, freeze them before baking.


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Categories: Gluten-Free, Main Course, Uncategorized, Vegetarian


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4 Comments on “Gluten-Free Quinoa Veggie Burgers”

  1. January 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I have been looking for a good “veggie” burger recipe. This sounds great – thanks!

  2. January 24, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I like veggie burgers alot, but I’ve only tried to make one once and it happened to be with black beans. The flavor was good but it was hard keeping it from falling a part. I think the quinoa would be a great grain to add to help keep it together 🙂

  3. January 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Thanks, Candice! Enjoy!

    Rochelle – I think some beans added to this could really help with the flavour, and the quinoa is perfect for the texture. I’m going to sautée the mushrooms with onions and garlic next time — should help!


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