The flavors of Asian food packed into a burger? Oh yes! These Asian Quinoa Burgers are made from quinoa, broccoli and carrots and have a tons of flavor and protein—a delicious and unique way to enjoy your next veggie burger!
GUYYYYSSS I need to rant for a sec. Actually, hold on. First and foremost, thank you for your kind words on yesterday’s post—seriously though, I’m excited that you all are so excited SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.
Ok, do you see these burgers?
How many calories do you think are in them?
Trick question. The answer is that it doesn’t matter, or it shouldn’t anyway.
If you read my blog/know me, you know that I’m not a calorie counter. I’ve been there, done that, and have found a greater sense of accomplishment in focusing on ingredients rather than calories. I know not everyone feels this way though, and while that’s totally ok in most cases, I encountered a particular situation yesterday that just irked me.
Cue mini rant.
So you may or may not know that I work part time at a cold-pressed juice bar. Everything we make is organic, healthy (obviously) and just genuinely good for you. We make juices, smoothies, and drinks with coffee in them. I’ve heard people ask how many calories are in the smoothies we make, and while I want to tell them that it doesn’t matter, I kind of understand the question because smoothies can vary so much. Oh and the truth is that we tell them that we don’t have an exact breakdown and that we focus on ingredients not calories. WOO.
So..yesterday. Yesterday a middle aged woman came in and was debating between two different green juices when she suddenly asked me how many calories were in each one. May I note that the juices were made from fruits/veggies such as cucumber, spinach, lemon, kale, and ginger aka really healthy stuff. I proceeded to tell the woman that I didn’t have an exact breakdown, but that both juices were extremely healthy. THENNNN she rolled her eyes at me because I couldn’t tell her how many calories were in her cucumber-apple-spinach juice. Without me sounding too rude and without this post being super long, all I’m saying is that I wanted to shake her and tell her that she’s drinking spinach and that even if the juice was 1,000 calories it would be 1,000 calories full of GOOD STUFF rather than 200 calories of fake ingredients.
Ok I’m done ranting. I could probably go on, but you get the point. What I dooooo want to talk about are these drool-worthy asian quinoa burgers thooooo. Because you never knew you wanted Asian food in the form of a burger, but you do. Trust me.
Quinoa+broccoli+carrots make up the burgers and then I topped mine with a non-vegan, totally delicious sweet and sour sauce. Obviously if you’re looking for a vegan option, feel free to use your favorite sauce! Bragg’s liquid aminos and sriracha are also good topping options, just saying.
So go on and make them and don’t sweat the calories because QUINOA, BROCCOLI AND CARROTS and allllll the good stuff
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 cups cooked broccoli
- 1 cup shredded carrots (or regular carrots)
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup+2 tbsp soy sauce/Bragg's liquid aminos
- ¾ cup plain bread crumbs
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flaxseed meal+2 tbsp water)
- First, prep your flax egg by combining the flaxseed meal and water together in a bowl; set aside for at least 10 minutes, allowing mixture to form an egg-like texture.
- Combine broccoli, carrots, garlic, oats, soy sauce/Bragg's, garlic powder, and sesame seeds together in a food processor; pulse.
- Pour mixture into large bowl and then stir in cooked quinoa and bread crumbs by hand; Last, add in the flax egg.
- Once everything is stirred, form mixture into burgers. This recipe should make anywhere from 8-12 burgers depending on how small/large you make them.
- Set burgers on a baking sheet and place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, allowing time for the burgers to hold shape.
- Once burgers are set, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet and cook burgers until slightly browned on either side.
- Serve on a burger bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Q: When was the last time you ate a delicious veggie burger (and where)? Are you a calorie counter and/or do you know someone who is?