August 24, 2011 by blackbirdideas
I saw a picture of what were called “Quinoa Burgers” on Pinterest and immediately pinned it to my “Food” board. I ended up having to wait a few weeks to make them because I got kind of busy with Thao’s Bridal Shower, Bf’s Bday, and Connecticut. So, last night, when it was finally time to make these “burgers,” I was excited.
1/2 c. dry quinoa OR 1 c. cooked quinoa
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, finely grated
1 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 green onion, including white parts
1 /4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Olive oil for frying
I started by mixing the cooked quinoa, cheese, cottage cheese, carrots, eggs, flour, green onions, sugar, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
Then, in a frying pan, I heated up a few tablespoons of EVOO. I plopped the mixture into the oil and waited for them to begin to firm up.
Hmmm… I waited. And waited. And waited. The recipe I followed said that it should take four minutes per side, but they still were kind of mushy.
What the heck! I flipped them anyway after about 4 minutes and…. uh oh….
I made a huge mess. The mixture was runny and not really thick enough to hold together. I thought that it was just me. I figured that they would firm up. They didn’t.
Crap. Major fail. Things began to burn… tears began to flow (not really… I am just being dramatic).
I picked my self up off the floor (again, just being dramatic) and reached into my pantry and pulled out some Panko breadcrumbs to save the day. I added about 1/2 a cup of bread crumbs to the remaining mixture (which was a little less than 1/2 than I had started with). So, if you are making these, I would suggest using a whole cup for the whole mixture.
I changed pans to a non-stick skillet and used less EVOO than I had before (about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons). I also made my patties smaller so that they would be more easily scooped up by my spatula.
After one flip, they were holding strong. I think it was the breadcrumbs. After about 4 minutes on each side, I set them on paper towels to remove some of the oil.
Then, I topped the little mini “burgers” with Special Sauce (a.k.a. an equal mix of ketchup and mayo).
They were nice. They were crispy. They were FULL of protein… but they were not burgers.
I don’t care how good they were… these puppies were not, I repeat WERE NOT burgers. They were patties. Quinoa Patties. Anyone who has ever had a hamburger in their life would never find a common link between these 2 things.
I think that they would make great appetizers. Just make sure that you add in the breadcrumbs.
(I hate when I have a cooking fail :( )