Easy Vegan Quinoa & White Bean Burgers (Gluten-Free!)
These easy vegan quinoa burgers come together quickly and easily using mostly pantry staples! The burgers are incredibly versatile—you can serve them over greens, on buns, or stuffed into pita bread. We love to slather them with Herbed Aioli (use vegan mayo for a vegan version) or hummus, and we top them with cucumbers, avocado, and greens. However they're also delicious with yogurt, feta, sliced tomatoes, or the classic burger fixings... the sky's the limit! You can either cook the quinoa as indicated below or use 2 cups of leftover cooked quinoa.
½cupred or white quinoa (or 2 cups already cooked quinoa)
2large garlic cloves
1 15-ozcan white beans (navy or cannellini)
3scallions, coarsely chopped (white and green parts)
¼cupcilantro leaves (packed)
Freshly ground black pepper
½cupfresh or frozen peas (defrosted if frozen)
½cuppanko breadcrumbs (regular or gluten free)
3tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil, divided
Buns, pita bread or greens, for serving
Toppings for serving, such as: herbed aioli, hummus, smashed avocado, sliced cucumber, mint leaves, sliced tomatoes, yogurt, feta cheese, etc.
In a small pot with a lid, combine the quinoa, 1 cup of water, and a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the quinoa has absorbed the water, about 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5-10 minutes to steam. Do Ahead: The quinoa can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
In a food processor with the blade running, add the garlic cloves and finely chop. Add the white beans, scallions, cilantro, lemon zest and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Process until the mixture forms a coarse puree, scraping down the sides. Add the quinoa; pulse to combine until a coarse paste forms. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in the peas and breadcrumbs. Form the mixture into 6 patties, and place them on a piece of wax or parchment paper. Do Ahead: The uncooked burgers can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day before cooking.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 4-5 minutes. Flip the burgers, add the remaining tablespoon of oil and cook until golden on the other side.
Transfer the burgers to buns, pita bread or greens, and serve warm with the toppings of your choice.
Do Ahead: The uncooked quinoa burger patties can be refrigerated overnight. The cooked burgers can be frozen between sheets of parchment paper for up to 3 months. Tips:
Feel free to switch up the spices according to what you have or like. For instance, try adding curry powder, or make a Mexican inspired patty with chili powder and lime zest. You can also swap out the white beans for black beans.