Meatless “Memorial Day” Monday: Quinoa Veggie Burgers

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)

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Ingredients:
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.

Directions:
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.

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I hope you enjoy this vegan/plant-based recipe. Wishing you a healthy, peaceful and compassionate Memorial Day!

Recipe adapted from The Savvy Vegetarian

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