a superfood recipe: summery quinoa burger

We all know that quinoa is a superfood packed with goodies and popular amongst many especially for the vegetarians and vegans.  I was introduced to such wonderful ingredient about 7 years ago by Life Cafe in Soho.  I've been eating them since then.  Quinoa is not only good for salads but they make awesome patties for burgers.  That's what I love about cooking, it is full of endless possibilities.  I have been making quinoa patties for awhile but the burger that I had today is my new experiment.  The result was surprisingly delicious and I would love to share this recipe with you.  I used an english muffin instead of a bun and I used a little bit of edamame pesto that I made the other day.  I am very happy and satisfied with its taste.  Please give it a try if you have time this weekend.  :) 

This light burger is perfect for the steamy hot summer.   

I used my favorite A&B American Style hot sauce and blended it with a little bit of mayonnaise and honey.  

A summer veggie burger that is packed with summer flavors.  I added a tablespoon of the edamame pesto I made the other day, the recipe is here.

For the cucumber and radish pickles: 

2 cucumber, shaved

1 medium size radish, shaved

1 tsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp rice vinegar 

Instructions: 

1) Mix them in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 15-20 minutes before using.  

For the hot and sweet sauce: 

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1/2 tsp honey

2 tsp hot sauce

Servings: 8 patties

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients: 

2.5 cups quinoa, cook according to package label*

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 vegetable stock tablet

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 bunch(1/2 cup) chopped spring onions

1 handful chopped parsley

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Cook the quinoa in a small pot with water and add the 1/2 vegetable stock tablet to the quinoa.  After it's cooked, let it cool off.  

2) Get a large mixing bowl, add the chopped vegetables, herbs, quinoa, eggs, grated parmesan, and bread crumbs.  Mix well.  Season. 

3) Preheat a frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil on medium-low heat.  Pan fry each side of the patties for about 3-5 minutes until the patties turn golden.  

Remarks: Please DO NOT flip the patties without frying for at least 3 minutes on each side.  

Ingredients for each burger: 

1 quinoa patty

1 english muffin, toasted

radish and cucumber pickles

edamame pesto

cucumber and radish pickles

a handful of mixed greens

2 thinly sliced roasted beets

hot and sweet sauce

1 tbsp butter

Instructions: 

1) Toasted the english muffins with butter.  Spread pesto on one side of the muffin.  

2) Top with beets, greens, pickles, patty, and a touch of the hot and sweet sauce.  

Every bite is full of summer taste and it is super light.