I didn’t want a veggie burger.  I didn’t want a soy burger.

Today I wanted a quinoa burger.

Yes, a quinoa burger—pronounced “keen-wa” burger.  If you’re wondering what in the world this could possibly be, you are not alone.  When I first came across the little circles of grain-like seed, I wondered the very same thing. 

(As Memere would say, “kaneech-ie-what?”) 😉

If you’ve ever cooked with quinoa (and enjoyed it!) you will love this simple burger.  If you’ve never cooked with quinoa, then you’re in for a real treat. 

Quinoa is high in protein, completely gluten free, and filled with vitamins and minerals.  It’s also quick and delicious.  Where brown rice will take a good 40 minutes or so to cook, quinoa is ready in under 15.  This is important for people like me who want dinner on the table within half hour of arriving home. 😉 

I doubled up on the quinoa burgers last night, as I had leftovers sitting on the brain.  Because as delicious as a stuffed whole wheat pita can be, I’m such a sucker for leftovers.

A big green salad mixed with broccoli, red peppers, cucumbers and more.  Topped with a diced burger and drizzled with olive oil.  A simply delicious meal. 

Quinoa Burgers—as seen on Martha Stewart (serves 4)

With the habit of adding in garlic and cayenne to most of my meals, it felt a little strange to not add it in with these burgers.  But I’m very glad that I refrained.  The simple addition of cumin is lovely, and it really goes well with the subtle flavors found in the rest of the ingredients.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

As an aside, these could easily be transformed into a vegan entree by replacing the egg with a flax to water combination, which would help to hold the mix together.

If you really want a quick meal, make this mix the night before and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook! 😀

  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in large chunks
  • 1/4 a red onion, diced
  • 15 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 4 six-inch whole wheat pitas
  • sandwich filling ideas: avocado, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, radishes, sprouts, etc.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quiona, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half the onions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.
  3. Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick paties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.
  4. ENJOY! 😀

Question: What is your favorite *must have* food item at Thanskgiving?  Stuffing!  And homemade, chunky cranberry sauce. 😀


18 thoughts on “kaneech-ie-what?

  1. Mmm I have made similar veggie burgers but didn’t include quinoa…next time for sure!! Oh and I love stuffing! But I can no longer have my grandmothers as it is loaded with pork products…so I’m trying my own recipe using mushrooms instead!

  2. I love quinoa, if u mix some vegetable broth, it gives it a nice thicker texture and a lovely homey taste-perfect for winter!i love cranberry sauce in sandwiches 🙂

  3. That looks like a great recipe! I will be tryng that soon.

    My “thanksgiving favorite”? Hard choice. I must say it’s the roasted root vegetables and the stuffing.

  4. I can still see Memere trying to pronounce that… and then bursting into laughter at her own personal joke. 🙂 My favorite Thanksgiving food item is probably stuffing too. Soooo good!!

  5. These are making my mouth water! The second picture with the grilled pita bread looks magazine worthy. 🙂

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is dressing. My sister and I use our Grandmother’s recipe (that’s completely from scratch), and it includes iron skillet made cornbread so you know it has to be good. 😉

  6. I love stuffing and sweet potato casserole! And those quinoa burgers look great! I’m going to have to just bread down and buy a box/bag – I usually don’t because they’re so expensive, but your burgers look too good!

  7. This is such a neat idea! I love the recipes you’ve been posting recently.

    Just curious – is memere a French-Canadian way of saying grandma? I’m living in Quebec at the moment and I’m always interested in these little cultural things!

    • Yes! 😀 I called both sides of my grandmothers “memere” and both sides of my grandfathers were “pepere.” Not sure if that’s what all French-Canadians use, but it’s definitely something that seems to apply to the New Brunswick area. 😀

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