Quinoa and Bean Burger (Can be Vegan)

This quinoa and bean burger is easy, nutritious and delicious. It is not only for vegetarians and vegans but also provides a nice change for carnivores who would like to limit their meat consumption. Here the pattie is served on a pretzel bun with homemade burger sauce, lettuce and onions. You can make it with any bun and sauce you like or serve it protein style with some veggies.   

 

Here we are with another burger recipe. Instead of a mushroom pattie this time one made from quinoa and beans. Once again it is based on a recipe from a German cooking show (Original Quinoa Burger Recipe Wdr), but I definitely changed some things. Okay, I changed most things. I kept the quinoa to bean ratio, that is something, right? First of all I didn’t turn the beans into mush in a food processor. Instead I mashed them roughly so they’d retain some texture. I also added more spices because it was a little bland. This way you don’t have to make a burger with sauce and other things, you could just serve it as is with potatoes, pasta, rice and veggies, as a meat replacement of sorts. You can make a big batch of quinoa and bean patties once, freeze any leftovers and serve them anytime with dinner or lunch. I still used onion in the recipe as in the original, but I also tried it with spring onion. I liked this better as it tasted fresher, but you can use whatever onion you have at home. Another change I made was that I added some chia seeds which improved how well the pattie held together while frying. The vegetarian pattie with chia seeds and egg held together perfectly. The vegan pattie is a little more fragile when fried as you might see in the photos. It holds together perfectly when baked in the oven and becomes very crispy, but not as golden as fried. You win some, you lose some. You can certainly make vegetarian or vegan.  

Quinoa and Bean Burger Patties

Ingredients

  • 100 gr quinoa
  • 400-500 gr white beans (can or dried, soaked and cooked)
  • 1 onion (white onion or red onion diced sautéed or spring onion freshly chopped)
  • 1 tbl chia seeds
  • Salt
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin  
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg (omit to make it vegan)
  • Breadcrumbs (as needed)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions and set aside to cool. Sauté the onions until translucent when using white or red onion. Cover the chia seeds with water and give them a stir, then let them soak for a few minutes until they have formed a gel.
  2. Mash the beans up roughly so they retain some texture. Add the cooked quinoa, chia seeds and spices and mix everything together well. You can add additional seasoning to taste before adding the egg.
  3. Add the egg and mix until well incorporated. (Omit this step to make a vegan burger patty). Should the mixture be too sticky and soft add breadcrumbs until it is workable.
  4. Shape into burger patties (around a hundred grams in size). Now you can fry the burgers in some vegetable oil until golden on each side* or freeze any leftovers (with a piece of baking paper to keep them from sticking together). 

*The burger patties can also be baked, but they won’t brown quite as nicely, or grilled. Vegan burgers can fall apart more quickly when frying but baked they keep together extremely well. 

Quinoa and Bean Burger Pattie

Quinoa and Bean Burger

Ingredients:

  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise (plant-based for a vegan burger)
  • Pickles, finely diced
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Sliced cheese (for a cheese burger)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Buns (whatever burger bun you like)
  1. Make the burger sauce by mixing equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise with pickles. Add some hot sauce to it for a little kick.
  2. Fry (or bake/grill) the burger patty until golden. Add a slice of cheese on top of the cooked bun in the pan for a cheese burger and let it melt. Toast your sliced bun of choice in the oven or a pan with a little butter.
  3. Put sauce on each half of the bun and assemble the burger to your liking.

Here you have an easy and delicious recipe for a quinoa and bean burger, that you can assemble however you like. You can make vegetarian or vegan, which is a nice option to have. I don’t know about you, but I certainly try to limit my meat consumption due to its environmental impact. Honestly this is my burger of choice, I haven’t made a regular burger in over a year. I wish I had taken a better photo, but I was ravenous post workout at lunchtime because I had skipped breakfast. This was my vegan burger pattie experiment on a leftover pretzel bun. I’ll take a nicer one next, when I can help myself. I hope you enjoyed this recipe and have a great day. Stay healthy and wear a mask!   

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