Pizza Quinoa Burgers

by Susan on June 24, 2017

I love veggie burgers, but unless I can verify the ingredients I’m wary to order them when I’m out. A lot contain soy and/or gluten, and it’s a huge disappointment when a restaurant serves up patties that came straight from a box. I much prefer to make them myself, and love that this version was easy to make and enjoyed by everyone. How can you go wrong with pizza, after all?

These aren’t going to win any beauty contest, as quinoa is certainly not the prettiest of foods. Make sure you mash up the beans well to created a balanced burger. Since beans are a bit heartier these aren’t a terribly fragile veggie burger (a definite plus!).

The burgers themselves are gluten and dairy-free and you can easily skip the cheese I added on top. My kids ate theirs on gluten-free English muffins and I put mine on a salad. A little olive oil and balsamic vinegar paired with it perfectly. The sky’s the limit for topping options, but I do think basil was a great addition. A dollop of pesto or a little pizza sauce would be delicious as well.

Pizza Quinoa Burgers

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
2/3 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup organic tomato paste
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp. onion powder
2 minced garlic cloves
1 cup canned organic pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
gluten-free burger buns or English muffins
toppings of choice (I used sliced fresh mozzarella and basil leaves)

Combine the quinoa, water, and 1/4 tsp of the salt in a small pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 12-15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Mash beans well with a fork, then stir together with the quinoa, tomato paste, seasoning and garlic cloves. Form the mixture into patties, and place on a greased or parchment-covered baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip carefully and bake an additional 5-6 minutes. Let burgers cool completely before removing from baking sheet.

If desired, you can top the burgers with sliced fresh mozzarella cheese for the last 5 minutes of bake time. Serve them topped with your choice of fixings (such as sliced tomato, basil leaves, pizza sauce, pesto, sliced black olives).

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