April 13, 2010

Quinoa Burger

Recently I have fallen in love with baking. The oven is on almost every day. Anything that requires frying, goes right into the oven. I dont have to miss the crispy and crunchy tastes either with the broil option.
Although I enjoy eating meat, I sometimes like to substitute them with vegetables or legumes. This dish was something that I wanted to try. I also like the fact that it was so simple to make and I can freeze the patties and bake them fresh in no time. This will be a dish I find myself making again and dont have to think about the amount of fat consumption.

Bean sprouts needs no explanation. An easy way of obtaining vitamins, minerals and enzymes that is found in various fruits and vegetables. Quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah), a frequent ingredient in my kitchen is a seed related to the spinach family which was originally from South America. It is a delicious whole grain that's easy to digest and an excellent replacement for rice. Some of the nutritional fact about Quinoa are; they are high in amino acids, protein and calcium. It is found to be more satiating than wheat or rice, so helps in weight loss. Basic method to cook is to boil 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. It absorbs all the water and the size of the seed will increase, with a tender and springy texture.

I made two versions, one with turkey and the other with mixed beans/lentils. I din have to use potatoes nor breadcrumbs which are usually the main ingredients to make patties. Qunioa was a very good substitute.

QUINOA BURGER with Mixed Lentils

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa, cooked in 2 cups of water
1 cup mixed beans, soaked overnight
3 green chilies
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 egg white(optional)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
To Layer:
Oroweat sandwich thins
Lettuce
Onion slices
Mustard sauce
Mayonnaise
Ketch up
Alfalfa sprouts

Method:
1. Pressure cook soaked beans for 3 whistles along with a pinch of baking soda. Cool and mash.
2.In a medium bowl, combine quinoa and rest of the ingredients.
3. Make burgers using a cutter ,about 3 inch across. Place them on a baking sheet.
4. Since the bean and quinoa are already cooked, bake at 350F for about 5 minutes and boiler for another 5-7 minutes or until the top layer turns light brown.
5. Serve by sandwiching them in between lettuce,onions and sprouts.

QUINOA BURGER with GROUND TURKEY

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa, cooked in 2 cups of water
1 lb ground turkey
3 green chilies
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
salt and pepper to taste
To Layer:
Oroweat sandwich thins
Lettuce
Onion slices
Mustard sauce
Mayonnaise
Ketch up

Method:
1.In a medium bowl, combine quinoa and rest of the ingredients.
2. Make burgers using a cutter ,about 3 inch across. Place them on a baking sheet.

3. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes and boiler for another 6 minutes or until the top layer turns light brown.
4.Serve them by sandwiching them in between lettuce,onions and sprouts.

COOK'S FILE:
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NOTE: You can substitute vegetable too.
HINT: Qunioa hold the mixture together. There is no need to use breadcrumbs.
HINT2: If you are not able to shape them, then add 1 egg white.

10 comments:

Priya said...

Thats a fantastic, healthy,nutritious and protein packed burger...Looks awesome.

Ana Powell said...

Lovely, awesome photos.
Today I am cooking butternut squash and chicken with quinoa.
Great dish x

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Thanks for sharing this helathy burger!

Ann said...

Wow.. using mixed lentil sounds so healthy, I used to make it with black beans.. mixed lentil sounds very intresting and yumm

MaryMoh said...

Wow...that's just such a healthy burger with all the beans and other healthy ingredients. Looks really delicious. I wish I can have a bite now :P

3 hungry tummies said...

Heathy and delicious! :)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice healthy & innovative recipe......

Madhuri said...

Looks awesome. Nice clicks

Kamalika said...

LOvely dish and lovely snap....

Leena said...

Awesome healthy burger..have to try..