Quinoa Burgers

by Joanne on February 17, 2010

First, BIG NEWS!   Share my excitement by checking this site out for Egg Lands Best Eggs!  Look down the page, just under the heading and SURPRISE!  It’s an Apple Crumbles Recipe and photo.  Yay for Egg-Lands! 

Second – A Give Away! For all you RUNNERS out there, Kim of Ilax Studio is having a giveaway that you really have to check out.

Speaking of running, 65 minutes spent on the tread mill this morning. My pace was slow but it wasn’t so boring since the Olympics were on while I was stomping away.  The Olympics are replayed from the night before so going to bed early doesn’t mean I’ll miss anything.   I have to wonder why running is so tough for the first 3 miles.  It then gets easier as I find my rhythm, then everything seems to tire again until about the last mile.  At about 45 minutes, I began looking at the time constantly.  In the final 6 minutes, new found energy came into play and before I knew it, the run was completed.  Amazing.  

Following my run was 20 minutes of shoulder weight training with ab work in between.  Then it was out the door with Shane for a 3.22 mile jog.  There was some wind that actually took my hat off. Of course I was against the wind on the way home. I can never get that right! 

On with the eats….

Last week, Ted’s daughter, Pam, recommended a lunch mixture she has been making for herself using Quinoa.  It looked really good and prompted me to make a batch of quinoa.

Quinoa is an important grain for vegetarians.  It is the highest in protein (with Amaranth) packing 9 grams of good quality nutrition.  Rich in calcium (healthy bones), manganese (brain health), and offers 4 grams of fiber per cup.  Use it as an alternative to oatmeal in the morning.  Sweeten it the same as you would your oatmeal.  Or use it in the same way you would rice or other grain for dinner.


The following recipe tastes just like a burger (but then I haven’t had a burger in about 6 years).  Ted said if he was blind folded he couldn’t tell the difference.  He was kidding of course but ended up eating 3 of these protein packed, tasty sides in any event.      A lot of flavor and easy to make.

Quinoa Burgers

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 2 whole eggs *Here is more information if you want to use an Egg Substitute
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3 TBS tomato or pasta sauce
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Panko crumbs


Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non – stick canola spray (or use parchment paper).

Mix all ingredients together and drop in 6 separate mounds on baking sheet. Form into patties using a spoon.


Place in preheated oven for 25 minutes, turn over and bake 15 more minutes.

Enjoy as a Quinoa Burger between a whole grain roll


or as a side dish.


Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers


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  • At 2010.02.17 07:12, Joanne said:

    I LOVE quinoa. Quite possibly my favorite grain. I am always looking for new veggie burgers since meat is so expensive…I will definitely have to try this!

    I have the exact same experience with running. My legs basically feel crappy for the first 4-5 miles…which is why (before I got injured) my typical run would always be 7-8 miles! It’s just not worth it if your legs feel bad the whole time. I think it’s cause teh muscles need to get warmed up.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Regional Recipes – Chicken With Caramelized Baby Onions and Honey (Djaj Bil Assal) =-.

    • At 2010.02.17 07:20, kilax said:

      That looks so good! I wonder if we could make it without the eggs. Hmm.

      Thanks for the link!

      My runs are like that too lately – takes awhile to get into them. I miss those runs where I just felt like I could go forever! I haven’t had one in awhile.

      What shoulder exercises do you do?

      • At 2010.02.17 08:35, Joanne said:

        Joanne: Sorry you got hurt. I hope my hamstring holds out. The left one seems to be pretty sensitive after my runs now. I agree about the legs needing warm up.

        Kilax: There is an Egg Replacer substitute. I just edited to the post to offer info. re- egg substitutes.

        • At 2010.02.17 08:58, Dawn Hutchins said:

          These look great. What a wonderful idea! I just added quinoa to a butternut squash soup recipe that I haven’t posted yet but I swear I love the stuff! And congrats on your recipe being featured. I checked it out. Great job!

          • At 2010.02.17 14:03, Joanne said:

            Dawn: Thanks!

            • At 2010.02.17 21:19, sophia said:

              I never did like quinoa, I always thought they had a fishy smell. But these burgers have turned my opinion around. I MUST try them!!!

              • […] or cream of rice and whey protein.  Sophia of Burp and Slurp mentioned that she sometimes found Quinoa to have a fishy taste. That got me thinking.  Were my oats bad?  Could a grain go rancid and get […]

                • At 2011.05.31 18:38, Martha said:

                  This recipe is the best I’ve found so far. Thank you for sharing. My partner and I are enjoying the heck out of it, and she’s not even a vegetarian! Have an awesome day!

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