Memorial Day is the unofficial American start of the summer. Though we traditionally associate this long, celebratory weekend with meat, there are also plenty of plant-based options for vegans to enjoy.
Feed your burger craving without the meat, with today’s Meatless Monday recipe!
Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Total Prep And Cook Time: 30 Minutes
6 Servings (six-3 inch patties)
2 tsp olive or grapeseed oil
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaf
1/2 tsp ground cumin seed
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 3/4 cups cooked quinoa
1 14-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 Tbsp Flour*
1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 – 2 Tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper or to taste
*Gluten Free Options: Use chickpea flour or other gluten free flour.
1. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium.
2. Sauté veggies 5 minutes.
3. Add parsley, thyme, cumin, coriander, paprika and garlic powder.
4. Stir for 1 minute.
5. Reserve 1/2 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup chickpeas.
6. Add the veggies & spice, the rest of the quinoa & chickpeas, and the flour to a food processor and pulse until combined. Process just until the mixture clumps together. Don’t over mix.
7. In a separate bowl, mash the remaining quinoa and chickpeas together.
8. Add the contents of the food processor, along with tahini, Bragg’s liquid aminos, salt & pepper as needed. If the mixture is too dry to form patties, add a bit of water or bean cooking liquid, or more tahini.
9. If you have time, chill the mixture for approx. before forming into patties.
10. Divide burger mix into 8 equal portions and form into 3 inch patties.
11. Fry in a little oil on medium heat,
5-10 minutes each side, until browned and firm.
12. To freeze uncooked, place the patties between sheets of wax paper on a baking sheet and freeze. Wrap individually, and store in a freezer bag or plastic container. Bake or fry as needed – they don’t need to thaw first.
Besides the food, let’s not forget what Memorial Day is really about. A day on which those who died in active military service are remember and thanked for their service. Thank you to all the men and women serving and protecting our country.
Recipe adapted from The Savvy Vegetarian