Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa has become a new obsession of mine. With so many different ways to incorporate it into your meal, it is a healthy and easy option. These burgers are packed with flavor and are great for vegetarians or those looking for something other than meat.

Recipe yields 8 burgers

2 cups cooked quinoa (cook 1 cup and it will expand into 2 cups when it puffs up)
3 eggs
1 cup low-fat or fat free cheddar cheese
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 carrots
2 green onions
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water (or as package directs). Peel carrots and finely shred. Chop green onions. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine well. 

Let mixture stand for roughly 10 minutes. This will thicken up the mixture and help the burgers stick together. Lightly coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil and heat. Scoop mixture onto skillet to form burgers. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Flip burger and continue cooking on the other side. Helpful Hint: Cooking on medium/medium-low heat helps the burgers to cook slowly and better form together. This helps the burgers from crumbling into pieces later on.

Once burgers are lightly browned on each side, remove from heat. These burgers can be served on buns, inside a wrap, or between lettuce leaves. Use your imagination! Serve with your favorite burger toppings and dressings. Enjoy!

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