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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

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The Big Veg Quinoa Burger
Makes 4

quick and easy thousand island dressing:
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons finely diced pickles
pinch smoked paprika
quinoa patties:
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.


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  1. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    Fantasy football? No. These burgers? YES

  2. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    Those quinoa patties look so delicious! I absolutely love parsnips but never thought of adding them to veggie burgers. I’ve been seeing a lot of red quinoa lately and I really need to try it out, usually I just have the yellow stuff.

  3. Teresa Not Specified Not Specified

    AHHH!!!! just when i think a burger can’t be reinvented. guys i’ve been craving (non-black bean) burger for the longest time!!!! thanks for this!

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    This burger is so unique!…and pretty! Love :)

  5. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    Holy crap! We are like twins today! I just made some meatless meatballs with quinoa, eggplant, and shitake mushrooms!!! I did fantasy baseball with my husband and his group of friends. I came in last but all the smack talking and sitting in on meetings was so worth it! Guys in their natural habitat; scary and hilarious at the same time!

  6. Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) Not Specified Not Specified

    No fantasy football for me but I will try these burgers. I wonder if they freeze well? Seems like a great kind of thing to have on hand for dinner.

  7. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    These look excellent! LOVE quinoa veggie burgers. Perfect for a little college football Saturday. Thanks!

  8. Becky Not Specified Not Specified

    I don’t understand football AT ALL, but I sure could go for a burger that I don’t have to feel guilty about!

  9. Olivia Not Specified Not Specified

    Congrats!!!! It´s really great your blog!
    We follow you from Spain.

  10. Tieghan Not Specified Not Specified

    These are AWESOME!! I love the added health boost and that crispy outside looks so good!

  11. Not Specified Not Specified

    What the hell is this? This is a burger from heaven! Mcdonald should sell this for 10$ and they will kill for this!

  12. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m sorry if this is a dumb question… but can you use regular quinoa in place of the red quinoa?

  13. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    Quinoa makes the BEST veggie burgers – that crunch is out of control!! These look delish!

  14. Bianca Not Specified Not Specified

    I love that this is a veggie pattie that doesn’t rely so heavily on grains. I’m definitely going to give it a try :)

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  18. Amyaliceinwonderland Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for this delightful recipe. My boyfriend also loved it!

  19. lynn @ the actor's diet Not Specified Not Specified

    obsessed w quinoa and veggie burgers – can’t wait to try them together!

  20. natalie @ wee eats Not Specified Not Specified

    Who can resist an in-n-out burger? No one!
    Not even if it’s a veggie-friendly knock-off!

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  22. Lynett Oliver Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi Jenny, these look amazing and I want to try them. But I’ve never had In-N-Out so is it sweet or dill pickles in the dressing?

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  27. B Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made these and my very carnivorous family LOVED them. They were a lot better than a few grainier patties I’ve tried in the past. Just had to add a bit more oat flour to get them to hold together. Thanks!

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  32. Jami Not Specified Not Specified

    This might be a stupid question, but can I freeze these? How long do you think they’d stay in the freezer?

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  34. Rachel Page Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the fact that they are easy to make, I am making them soon!

  35. Christina Not Specified Not Specified

    I love these burgers and this is my go to veggie burger. I have a friend who is allergic to quinoa so modified this time. Same recipe but with no quinoa, added one grated beet and about a cup of lentils. It was AMAZING. Thanks for the awesome recipe :)