Gluten-Free Vegan Quinoa Burger

Looking for an alternative to the traditional burger — maybe one that’s good for you, packs plenty of plant-based protein, but doesn’t sacrifice flavor? This gluten-free veggie burger recipe from A.Vogel features quinoa and veggies, contains all the essential amino acids, is a great source of B vitamins, and, thanks to the quinoa, is also a good source of protein. Talk about a keeper!

Gluten-Free Vegan Quinoa Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into small chunks
  • Herbed Sea Salt Original seasoning salt
  • Black pepper, to season
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Buns (be sure to choose g-free ones if you’re eschewing gluten!)
  • Burger toppings as desired

Directions

  1. Boil the quinoa, until tender, approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Briefly saute the shallots and garlic.
  3. Boil the sweet potato, then mash.
  4. In a large bowl combine quinoa, shallots and garlic with the herbs, spices and sweet potato mash. Mix well.
  5. Form the mixture into small patties.
  6. Fry the patties for three minutes on each side.
  7. Serve on buns, if you like, with desired toppings. Or put the patty on a salad, or simply enjoy it on its own!

Now, here’s the million dollar question. When it comes to a vegetarian burger, do you prefer one that mimics a burger made with beef? Or are you more into something that’s considered a burger due to its shape and ability to be eaten on a bun, even if it’s not exactly “meaty”? I tend to prefer the latter, like the recipe above, or like this old favorite of mine. But as long as there’s a veg option, I’m usually pretty happy! Kristen