Last week when I was thinking about what to make for dinner my mind kept drifting towards a burger. Unfortunately I didn't have any ground meat at home, and I didn't feel like going to the store. However, as I kept thinking I realized I had all the ingredients to make a nice meatless burger; I had cooked quinoa in the fridge, some leftover roasted red pepper, and homemade hummus. I decided to just go for it and make up my own recipe with what I had on hand. The results were fantastic! A soft and tender patty filled with veggies, and given a flavor boost with some fragrant spices. Healthy, hearty and delicious. Although a veggie patty will never be able to fully replace a true burger, this recipe holds it's own as a delicious and healthy alternative dinner.
I wasn't sure exactly what ratios I should use for my grain vs hummus vs quinoa, but in the end I really liked the results so I was very pleased. I don't eat tons of veggie burgers, so I don't know what most people are looking for in texture and flavor, but I do know I really loved these so I guess I don't care what other people like! These were soft yet not too delicate and held together as I ate my sandwich. I was worried they might just fall apart as I know veggie burgers sometimes can, but no problem with these. This is definitely a recipe that I will make again, adjusting the flavorings and add ins to fit whatever I have on hand.
Spicy Quinoa and Hummus Patties with Roasted Red Pepper
- 1/4 cup hummus (approximately 60 grams of my homemade hummus)
- 40 grams (1/2 cup) oats
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 green onion
- 1/4 of a roasted red pepper
- Handful cilantro
- 100 grams cooked quinoa
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Place hummus, oats and garlic clove in the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined and has formed a thick paste. Add the green onion, red pepper, and cilantro and pulse a few times until combined but still somewhat chunky.
Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add the quinoa, salt, cumin, cayenne and olive oil. Mix to combine.
Shape mixture into 2-4 patties, depending on your preference. Place in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up a bit.
Preheat grill or grill pan until nice and hot. When ready, transfer patties to grill and cook until nice and hot all the way through, flipping halfway through.
Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings, or top off a salad with this hearty patty in place of your chicken or steak.