Originally I got the idea for a quinoa burger when I was browsing foodgawker.com, my favorite way to kill time. I decided to step it up a notch and add some flax seed and beans, making this a perfect dish for a vegetarian in need of some serious protein. I also added cream cheese, which makes for some real melty goodness. These crispy and golden patties are full of flavor, and deliciously addictive.
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Crispy Quinoa Burgers with Flax Seed
2 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup of kidney or black beans
3/4 cup shredded cheese of choice
1 tablespoon cream cheese
2 green onions
2 tablespoons white onion, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, shredded
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon chili paste or hot sauce
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Makes 8 Patties
First you need to cook your quinoa. Don't be afraid! It is very similar to rice. First rinse and drain one cup of quinoa. Heat two cups of water in a medium saucepan until boiling then add rinsed quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Let rest for 5 minutes, then remove lid and cool.
Next grate your cheese, chop your onions, mince your garlic, grate you carrot, and slice your green onions. Set aside.
Using you beans of choice (I chose dark red kidney) and a fork, mash into a chunky paste. This really helps glue your burgers together.
In a large bowl add chopped vegetables, beans, eggs, cream cheese, shredded cheese, flour, sugar, flax seed, hot sauce, and all spices. Stir to combine.
Next add your cooled quinoa. Must be cooled or the cheese will melt now, instead of in the pan. Stir mixture until completely uniform.
In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Using hand, form 1/2 cup portions of quinoa mixture into patties and place into hot pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.