Quinoa Veggie Burger

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Vegetarians rejoice – a delicious tasting meat-free hamburger!

Besides being delicious, what I love about these is they actually have a very similar ‘mouth-feel’ to hamburger, and it looks quite similar.

The secret…RED quinoa! Don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself how these burgers compare.

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Quinoa Veggie Burger
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Serves: 8
Delicious tasting burgers, with a similar texture to ground beef. Next best thing to a real burger!
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup red quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp oil (of your choice)
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup GF cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup whole pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup GF quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp GF soy sauce
Flavor Suggestions:
  1. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  2. To toast pecans; place whole nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, for 7 to 9 minutes (stirring once).
  3. Sauté onions in oil until softened. Add mushrooms, garlic, and spices/seasonings, stirring until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a bowl, beat egg then add in the cooled quinoa, mushroom mixture, and the remaining ingredients. Stir until combined. Scoop ½cup of the mixture and form into a ball, and place on a greased baking sheet. Gently press down until you get the desired thickness. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
The oatmeal acts a binder, to absorb any excess moisture and keep the burger together.

 [hr]FAQ: Are Oats Gluten Free?



  1. Can almonds be used instead of pecans or no nuts at all?? Are the nuts just for additional flavour??

  2. You can substitute pecans for whatever nuts you like. They add bulk, texture, and flavor. You can omit them if you like, but you may need to add more oats or quinoa to replace the volume lost (or they may end up being too mushy, and not hold their shape).

  3. You can use either. Both red and white quinoa have a similar taste and texture, but I used red for this recipe for visual reasons (looks more meat-like).

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