New forms of healthy grain is all the rage these days. For all the good reasons too. And like all things that trend, even quinoa has rather come a full circle. This bright little food was once consumed by Mayans and it has all essential proteins, fiber as well as many vitamins. Among many things that we are only now discovering that ancient people did better, healthy eating is at the top of the list.
Anyway, the whole point of the paragraph above is to thank those ancient civilizations for giving us amazing things. This burger is only oh-so amazing, vegetarian and yet non-starchy (read no potatoes) because of quinoa. I made burger patties with red quinoa which had just the right texture and consistency and it was made with all the ingredients that our taste buds enjoy. By now you must have figured what those ingredients are! With our insatiable desire for food with a spicy flavor, I have pretty much defied all rules of burger making here- the patties have finely chopped chilies, garlic, mushrooms and ginger! Garlic and ginger? In burger? Yes, yes and it turned out brilliant! Such a nice kick with every-single-bite..
Oh and another good thing about the patties? They are baked. Pretty much like cookies.. On a plain old cookie sheet. Yup, like you see in the picture. Except for lesser time for quinoa is pre-cooked. What binds the quinoa together, you ask?
Flaxseed flour to fuse them all, bread crumbs to combine them,
Two eggs to bring them all and in patties bind them.
Yeah-yeah, I know.. It got nerdy and quite tangential up there. But I guess I can now also tell you that I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and of J.R.R. Tolkien and of the Hobbit, and of Sherlock!
Anyway, as it turns out, in nutshell, flour, bread crumbs and eggs bring it all together. You can make the patties gluten-free by letting go of bread crumbs, because if you have enough flour, crumbs won’t be all that necessary. You can increase the amount of flour to achieve right consistency. Once the patties are made, load them up on your burger buns with some fresh spinach leaves, avocado and tomato slices!!
Once ready, I betcha they will run out pretty darn fast! Have a nice chilled beer or a cool glass of red wine along… Make it a perfect meal on any day!
Your Map to Quinoa Avocado Burgers
Author: Minty Chai
Serves: 11-12 burgers
Total time: 1 hr 30 min
- 1 1/2 cup red quinoa
- 3 cups of water
- 1/4 cup flax seeds, grind into flour
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 inch ginger, minced
- 2 thai green chilies, finely chopped
- 3 mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 whole wheat bread slices, made into bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 cup spinach
- fresh black pepper
- salt to taste
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- Take the quinoa in a bowl and wash it very thoroughly. To cook, add quinoa and twice the amount of water. Cook covered till quinoa germs are visible. Let all water evaporate and leave covered for few minutes after.
- While the quinoa is being cooked, in a mixer grind the flax seeds. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree F and bake two slices of bread for about 15 minutes. This can be done in toaster oven as well. Once bread is hardened, crush it into tiny crumbs in a mixer.
- Chop onion, garlic, ginger, chilies and mushroom. Put this all in a bowl, add flax seeds and bread crumbs. Add salt to taste. Mix it all together. Add cooked quinoa. Add two eggs and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix everything together with hand.
- Form flat round patties from this mixture. Adjust size according to size of burger buns.
- Drizzle 2 teaspoons of oil on cookie sheet and place all the patties on the sheet. Bake at 350 degree F for 30 minutes. Flip them halfway through.
- While they are being baked, slice tomatoes, avocados and wash spinach leaves. Add sliced onion if desired.
- Place baked patties on the buns; add spinach, avocado, tomato and pepper, mustard etc.
Notes and Tips
- You can use golden quinoa too. Red just has the right color for burger patties.
- Let go of wheat bread crumbs and use gluten-free burger buns to make this completely gluten-free.
- To make it eggless you could use just water and increase flax seed flour. It should bind it all together well. If you are feeling adventurous, use yogurt or tofu!
- Experiment with ingredients constituting patties. Try other flavors and have fun with them!