Happy Wednesday guys!
I recently visited Raleigh, NC with my hubby. We both love craft beer and good food, so Raleigh was just the place to visit. There were tons of delicious and unique beers and beyond delicious, good southern food. But those things weren’t exactly good for my waist line… 🙁 So I have been trying to eat very cleanly. Today, I have an awesome quinoa burger recipe for you to join my clean and healthy eating. This burger is crispy on the edge, packed with bold flavors, and makes a great substitution for any sandwich or burger!
If you are a female and into fitness, I am sure you have heard of Tone-It-Up. The program was invented by two very beautiful, fit women who promote healthy living. They are huge on YouTube, and you can easily find their workout videos for FREE!!! I have personally done a couple of their workouts thinking it would be a piece of cake, since they are only about 15-20 minutes. But by the end of the video, every single muscle in my body was screaming (This is figure of speech, but I’m sure the muscles would have screamed if they could), and I was so very out of breath! Those short videos really work you!! You should give it a try.
What I really like about them is that they not only encourage people to work out regularly but also eat healthy. I truly believe what you eat really affects your body once your metabolism slows down as you get older. They have an amazing number of healthy and clean recipes. One of my favorites is this Quinoa Burger. If you are a fan of falafel, I have no doubt you will love this recipe since it tastes similar! But I had a little issue with the recipe. I’m not sure what I did wrong or what went wrong, but the texture of the burger was really off. It was super….wet. I tried to fix the recipe by adding different ingredients and different ratios of ingredients. After my fifth attempt, I finally made a burger with the texture I was satisfied with.
I served my quinoa burger with celery and bell peppers instead of fries or chips. I couldn’t say no to a couple of beers that I picked up from the Raleigh trip, but other than that, I kept it all clean and healthy!
I made a total of 8 patties. They are probably the perfect size for making a slider, but I didn’t pick up any slider buns so I used my whole grain bread. To keep it extra healthy, I used homemade hummus instead of mayo to keep my sandwich vegan/plant-based. Switch your traditional burger with this super healthy and yummy quinoa burger for tonight’s dinner!
- 8 ounces mushroom, roasted/cooked
- ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup onion, diced
- ½ cup parsley, minced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 heaping tablespoons flax meal
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup grapeseed oil
- Place cooked mushrooms, red bell peppers, diced onions, and parsley in the food processor. Process until all the ingredients are finely chopped.
- Add the quinoa, garlic, flax meal, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Process until it is well combined. Make sure to scrape the side to ensure everything is processed.
- In a medium non-stick skillet, heat ¼ cup of grape seed oil. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop out the mixture and form a patty. Carefully place the patty on the skillet to cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. My skillet could hold 4 patties at a time, so I cooked two batches of the burgers.
- Enjoy with your favorite burger toppings on any type of bun/bread!