Summertime is vegan quinoa burger time. Although I love my Beet Burger, as well as my Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger, I like burger variety. Since I’m a huge quinoa fan, I decided me make a vegan quinoa burger. Since I am trying to avoid eating a lot of bread, I decided to make a vegan quinoa burger recipe I can eat with or without a bun. That’s why I had a ton of fun with my toppings for this vegan quinoa burger recipe.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT COLORED QUINOAS?
Typically, white, red, and black quinoa are readily available at most grocery stores. Even tri-colored quinoa seems to be making an appearance on the grocery shelves as well. Believe it or not, there are 120 known varieties of quinoa, according to the Whole Grains Council. But what’s the difference between the different colors and varieties?
White quinoa, for instance, is the most common quinoa. Tan in color, this quinoa is usually used to replace rice in dishes. Gluten-free and a 100% complete protein, quinoa have a nutty flavor and lighter texture. Similar to rice, white quinoa tastes somewhat neutral, ad most people prefer to cook with white quinoa.
Despite being mistaken as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed, when cooked takes on the shape of couscous.
However, my favorite quinoa by far is red quinoa, which is bold, colorful, and earthy in flavor. I absolutely love the vibrant color in salads and bowls next to vegetables.
Black quinoa, on the other hand, is much like red quinoa in its texture and bolder flavor. Again, black quinoa is beautiful in a salad or bowl and brings an added pop of color.
Tricolor quinoa, another beautiful and colorful seed, brings a variety of quinoa together in one bag.
WHY EAT QUINOA? NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Manganese: 58% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- Folate: 19% of the RDA.
- Copper: 18% of the RDA.
- Iron: 15% of the RDA.
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
- Potassium 9% of the RDA.
- Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2, and B6.
- Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin), and vitamin E.
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WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEED FOR THE VEGAN QUINOA BURGER?
- Canned Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
- Red Quinoa
- Chickpea flour
- Aquafaba (canned chickpea fluid)
- Orange, red, and yellow peppers
- White onion
- Fresh parsley
- Jalapeno (optional) for those who like it spicy
Even though I used my Kitchen Aid Food Processor, this recipe can be made by crushing the chickpeas with a fork. First, I pulsed the chickpeas to chop them up. Then, I added the quinoa, chickpea flour, aquafaba, and nutritional yeast. Once combined, I poured the contents into a bowl and added the sauteed vegetables and parsley.
When mixed together, the vegan quinoa burger mixture may appear grainy, but the aquafaba will bind the burgers.
As with all my burger recipes and my Vegan Crab Cakes, I use my Cuisinart Burger Press to form perfect patties. Again, vegan quinoa burgers can be made with your hands. It is important, however, to make them equal size, so they cook equally.
Because I meal prep, I make vegan quinoa burgers ahead of time, and place them in therefrigerator until its time to cook.
Then, it is simply a matter of cooking vegan quinoa burgers. My husband, for instance, prefers a bun with his quinoa burger, and I prefer it without. Regardless of how you like your vegan quinoa burger, the toppings are my favorite part of making a burger fancy.
For this particular quinoa vegan burger recipe, for example, I served with tomato, grilled fresh pineapple, and Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions, which are my favorite.
OTHER SUGGESTED TOPPING FOR VEGAN QUINOA BURGER
- Raw white or red onion
- Vegan Cashew Mayo
- Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
- Vegan Thousand Island Dressing
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Caramelized onions
- BBQ sauce
HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES BURGER AND BBQ RECIPES
- Beet Burger
- Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger
- BBQ Tofu
- BBQ Tempeh
- BBQ Jackfruit Recipe
- Tempeh Kabobs
- Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
- Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Sandwich