Or the problem of the burger-is-so-soft-it-squishes-out-on-the-other-side… It happens a lot to me!
Well, I didn’t give up quickly and kept trying to find the ultimate recipe that also did not use any beans or pulses.
And here we are: a burger that is loaded with healthy quinoa protein and that does NOT fall apart. Mr Vegan Monster approves of it too, so it has to be pretty good 😉
There are two ways of cooking these: in a frying pan or in the oven. The frying pan works much better. I have this super good Scandinavian non-stick frying pan that doesn’t need much oil. With these burgers I managed to cook them without any additional oil. But it is super important to cook them on a very low heat for at least 10 minutes on each side. Otherwise you might end up with a semi-raw version, that won’t be so tasty… 😉
If you cook them in the oven, make sure you don’t overcook them. The quinoa can get quite hard otherwise.
Quinoa Burger, That Won’t Fall Apart (Vegan, Gluten-free)
- 110 g quinoa (preferably red or black), I like to soak them overnight prior to cooking
- 1 cup water
- 1 small onion or half a medium sized onion
- 1/4 cup water
- 35 g buckwheat flour
- 2 heaped tablespoon tahini
- 2-3 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2/3 teaspoon salt
- In a small pot with lid, bring the quinoa and 1 cup water to boil. Let simmer for approx. 10-15 minutes. Then set aside for at least another 5 minutes before opening the lid.
- Peel and chop the onion roughly. Place in the blender with 1/4 cup water and blend to a fine cream. Pour the blended onion into a medium sized bowl.
- Add cooked quinoa, buckwheat flour, tahini, smoked paprika, coriander and salt. Stir well.
- Dip your hands in cold water prior to forming the patties.
- If you have a very good non-stick frying pan, consider frying them without extra oil. Make sure you cook them on a medium low heat for at least 10 minutes on each side.
- If you are cooking them in the oven, preheat the oven to 200°C (top-/bottom heat), line the baking tray with parchment paper and cook the patties for approx. 10-15 minutes on each side. Don’t overcook, otherwise they might get a little too crunchy.