Quinoa Burger

Paleo Quinoa Burger

When I was 12 years old I stopped eating meat, literally cold turkey. I had been eating leftover turkey soup, and I put down my spoon and announced that meat just wasn’t for me. For the next 18 years I didn’t eat meat. Not even a bite. Until, at 30, I found myself frustrated with my attempts to eat a low-carb diet that didn’t include meat. And, just like that, I started eating meat again. Beginning with a bite of cold turkey.

While I am quite happy with my current meat-eating ways, I have a few vegetarians in my life who are very dear to my heart. My younger brother, Pete, and his lovely wife, Betsy, are devout vegans; and my dear friend, Cara, is meat-free. These meat-free burgers were made for the special lettuce lovers in my life.

Quinoa Burger
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 1 reviews

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Serves 6


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ̊F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the water and flax meal in a bowl. Mix well. Let it sit for 5 minutes, to thicken.
  3. Combine the quinoa and water or broth in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff.
  4. Place the chopped cauliflower in a skillet with an inch of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and mix in the gathered spices. Cook until soft. Add the balsamic glaze, tomato paste, pecans, and coconut aminos to the skillet. Stir and cook for a few more minutes, and then remove from heat.
  6. Combine the onion mixture, cooked cauliflower, and 1 cup of the cooked quinoa in a food processor along with the flax mixture. Pulse until combined. Place the remaining cook quinoa on a plate. Form patties and evenly coat with the quinoa.
  7. Arrange the patties on the prepared baking sheet. Cook for 40 minutes, or until fully cooked. Arrange each burger on lettuce with slices of tomato, red onion and fresh sprouts. Enjoy!

Serving size: 1 burger     Calories: 16     Carbohydrates: 3g     Sugar: 1g     Sodium: 14mg     Fiber: 2g     Protein: 1g    

Paleo Quinoa Burger


  • Karen August 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I made these with the sweet potato fries, I feel healthy already

    • Diana August 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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