Monday, May 21, 2012

Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) is a very new ingredient to me in my kitchen.  In an attempt to eliminate some chronic tummy troubles in myself and my oldest son, I decided several weeks ago to go gluten-free. So far, so good!  Though this blog will not likely become a gluten-free blog, I will be posting some of the things I've made and loved that don't contain wheat flour (although, wheat flour is a truly amazing thing and such yumminess is made with it!  Like cupcakes...I miss cupcakes....).

These quinoa "burgers" were amazing!!  Most surprising was that they were even better leftover (and I usually can't stand leftovers!).  Quinoa is very easy to make and the batter for these was very simple.

If quinoa is something that you already love or something that you are intrigued to try, give this recipe a whirl!  Yummy!

Quinoa Burgers
Adapted from Eating Well Living Thin

To cook quinoa:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan bring the 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the seeds are tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes. {Makes 2 cups cooked}

To make the burgers:
2 rounded cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded jack cheese
2 medium carrots, finely grated
3 eggs
3 tablespoons all purpose flour (I used oat flour for GF)
2 green onions, including white parts
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Olive oil for frying

In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, carrots, eggs,  oat flour, green onions, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder.

Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium-low heat (I used my handy dandy cast iron skillet).   Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop mixture into pan and lightly flatten to 1/2 inch thick. Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Makes approx. 10 burgers.


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