If you have never tried making your own veggie burgers, this recipe is a good way to start. My mother created it because she’s in love with a similar burger at Marie Catrib’s. I like it because sweet potatoes and quinoa are two of my favorite foods. People consider quinoa a grain because it cooks like rice, but it is a seed cultivated in mountainous places like Bolivia and Peru. Some people, like me, find it easier to prepare than rice because it doesn’t need to be timed and covered to cook properly. Quinoa is tasty when cooked perfectly or if left on until well done and a bit brothy!
Quinoa is high in the amino acid lysine which is a big win for the protein requirements of vegetarians and vegans. If you haven’t tried quinoa and are an athlete, I definitely recommend it. Acquaint yourself with quinoa by trying this recipe!
Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers
- 2 large baked sweet potatoes cooled
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup bread crumbs (we use 1/2 loaf of gluten-free Sami’s Millet and Flax Bread dried)
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil of your choice, a nice cold-pressed oil appropriate for higher temperatures
1. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly oil. Move an oven rack to the top and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Saute onions, carrots, celery, with olive oil until onions are starting to caramelize. Cool mixture until safe to put in the food processor. Set aside.
3. Place cooked sweet potatoes in a big bowl and mash with a potato masher. Mix in onion mixture and quinoa until blended. Slowly start adding bread crumbs and until the mixture is pliable. When you can scoop a nice ball with a ice cream scoop and it stays in form you’ll know you’ve added enough crumbs. Place burger balls on your prepared cookie sheet. Once you have measured out all of your burger balls, take an oiled fork and flatten twice making a cute criss cross. Spray or dab a light coat of oil on top of each burger.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes depending on how crunchy you would like the burgers. You might leave them in for 5 more minutes if you like them crunchy!
Have fun experimenting with quinoa. Enjoy!