Hi Guys! Is anyone participating in fantasy football? I am. I know, it’s weird. I feel weird about it. This is my first time ever and I really have no idea what I’m doing. (boyfriend may have even picked all my players for me during the draft…that’s cool, right?) Truth is some old college friends and I decided to start a league together this year. Even though I know absolutely nothing about football and this whole fantasy thing is super confusing to me, I love that I’m doing it with my most vulgar, sh*t talking, hilarious, loud, witty group of girlfriends. It really makes this “game” a lot more interesting and reminds me how lucky I am to have such amazing women in my life.
Anyway, because football season is here I thought something fun like burgers would be appropriate, but since I’ve been trying to add a little more health and dietary balance into my life they would have to be veggie burgers…delicious Big Veg Quinoa Burgers. Although the name of this burger is a play off the not so delicious Big Mac, the inspiration is really the In-N Out burger, special sauce and all! I really, really love these patties and was super excited that it got the double thumbs up from my not so veggie patty friendly boyfriend. They’re a real mouthful and totally filled with lots of flavor. We used pretzel buns here because I like the heartiness, but swap it out for whichever you like. I’m also a huge fan of eating this burger protein style, wrapped in crisp, cold lettuce… so freakin’ good, you guys! If you want to get even more healthy, you can skip out on the basic thousand island dressing, but I personally thinks it gives it burger that slight In-N-Out taste.
These Big Veg Quinoa Burgers are really easy to throw together (especially once the quinoa has cooked and cooled), but I’ve got to say that allowing them to sit in the refrigerator for a while will make them hold together better when you cook them up. Happy football season, everyone! (I’m totally just to pretend like I know what I’m doing) Enjoy! xx, Jenny
The Big Veg Quinoa Burger
quick and easy thousand island dressing:
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons finely diced pickles
pinch smoked paprika
2 cups cooked and cooled red quinoa (about 2/3 cup dry)
3/4 cup shredded white cheddar
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg plus 1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 parsnip, peeled and grated
1 corn on cob, kernels removed
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons oat flour
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 pretzel buns (or sesame buns), split and toasted
4 slices American (or mild cheddar) cheese
4 to 8 leaves butter lettuce
12-16 pickle chips
1. For dressing: Place all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. For patties: Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Divide mixture into four equal amounts and form into patties.
3. Pour half of oil into a cast iron skillet or nonstick pan and place over medium-high heat. Add patties, two at a time and sear for 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Flip patties and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add cheese to each patty, 1 to 2 teaspoons of water and cover with lid for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until cheese melts. Remove cooked patties and repeat with remaining patties.
5. To assemble: Spread dressing onto each bun and top with quinoa patty. Add Top with lettuce, pickles and finally the bun tops. Gently press and serve.