Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quinoa Burgers

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, because it is SO good. Maybe it is just something "different" and I'm in the mood for new foods right now. I found a photo of these burgers on Pinterest and clicked on the link which took me to Eating Well, Living Thin's blog. Not a real food blog, but most recipes can be turned back into real food. I ditched her suggestion for low-fat cottage cheese for whole milk cottage cheese and got rid of the sugar in the recipe completely. It was only 1/2 tsp and I don't use Splenda anymore. I can't believe how much of that stuff I used to consume. I read the other day that they were trying to invent a new type of rodent poison when they discovered Splenda. Yum. Blah! But I digress... these burgers were delicious, especially fried in lard rendered from a humanly raised pig.

Quinoa Burgers

2 heaping cups of cooked quinoa*
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, finely grated
1 clove garlic grated
3 eggs
4 tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin
pinch of salt
oil that is stable for frying, such as lard, peanut or coconut oil.

In a large bowl (I started out too small and had to go up a size which is always annoying!) combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrots, eggs, flour, cumin, salt & pepper and grated garlic.

Heat frying pan with about 1/4 cup of oil and dollup out the batter. It's pretty mushy. Let fry for about 5 minutes per side before flipping. Remove when golden brown. Homemade tzatziki sauce was a great topping!

*Basic Quinoa
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter

Melt butter in a pot. Add quinoa and stir toasting it a bit. Add water, bring to a boil, stir really well, cover, lower to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

**Not to self, something crunchy would be good in the batter. Perhaps finely diced cucumber or celery??


  1. How much Cottage cheese? In the list of ingredients, it's not listed but in the recipe it is.

  2. Oops, thank you so much for catching that. I updated the post. It's 1/2 cup of cottage cheese! But I just eye-balled it.

  3. Hey Amanda, I'm curious if you could sub whole milk ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese? I have some ricotta on hand, so just curious if that would work or not.

    This recipe sounds awesome! We love quinoa around here!

  4. Julia- I don't why not. I sub ricotta for cottage cheese all the time and vise versa! Let me know how it turns out for you. I finished up my last patty today. I didn't put in the recipe, but it makes about 10 patties. I reheated some in my toaster oven which is "okay." And some others I reheated on the stove in my cast iron skillet with a smidgen of butter. That made them taste like "just made." Yum!


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