What is quinoa (pronounced keen-wah ) it is a grain like crop that is very good for you containing essential amino acids like lysine and and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus and iron. Also it tastes very nice, with a slight nutty flavour.
I got the original idea from a Martha Stewart recipe, then adapted it to my taste and the ingredients I had to hand. Note the recipe stated that you need 3/4 cup of water to cook the quinoa, it actually needed 1 cup to cook the quinoa properly.
The recipe was enough for 8 decent sized patties. You could even serve the burgers without the turkish bread, but with a large sized greek salad.
1 cup water, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 medium or 1 small carrot, peeled, 3 small spring onions, with dark ends removed, 1egg, 1/4 cup plain flour or breadcrumbs, 6 button mushrooms, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground pepper, 1 tbsps ground cumin, 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, 1 400gm tin beans, drained - any sort I actually used chickpeas, 1 very small can corn kernels, drained
To serve - Turkish bread, ciabatta bread, rolls or even thick slices of country bread.
Greek salad - lettuce, thin slices of cucumber, thin slices of tomato, feta, crumbled, thin slices of red onion
Dressing - enough for 2 burgers - 2 tbsps yoghurt , 2 cloves garlic, grated, 1 tbsp lemon juice
Bring the water to the boil, add the quinoa, reduce heat and simmer 10 12 minutes or until cooked. Remove from heat and let cool, about 2o minutes.
Chop the carrot in half lengthwise then into 2 cm pieces, chop the spring onions into 5 cm lengths. While the food processor is running drop in the carrot and spring onions, process until finely chopped. Turn of the processor and add remaining ingredients Pulse until all the ingredients are combined. Form patties and place into the fridge to set.
Finished mixture, it doesn't look good, but is was very tasty.
Heat 3 - 4 tbsps olive oil in a frypan, brown patties on both sides and until centre is hot. Approximately 4 minutes per side. Remove and place onto paper towel.
While the patties are cooking slice the turkish bread in half then layer lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, then the patties - 2 per serve - drizzle some dressing on top.
Pop on the lid then eat and enjoy. Note Mr CLI found it easier to eat using a knife and fork, because I had made them so high.