Blog warning: This post is filled with extreme excitement. Only food lovers should continue.
I am a huge veggie burger fan. From Gardenburgers, to homemade Black Bean Burgers, I love veggie burgers of all shapes and sizes. I have eaten many veggie burgers in my day, too many to count, but this quinoa burger takes the cake.
I have to say, I’ve made many dishes that I have enjoyed. Heck, I love food so that’s not too difficult to understand, but to be honest, I haven’t been this passionate about a meal in quite awhile.
I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this crispy quinoa burger!! The combination of the sweet and tangy beer caramelized onions, gooey swiss cheese, runny egg and crunchy potato chips is extremely messy and completely SATISFYING! This is a burger that even a meat-eater will love.
This is definitely my new ‘go to’ when I am craving something comforting and vegetarian.
SO YUMMY! The egg comes highly recommended but whatever you do, don’t skimp on the potato chips. This burger needs that extra crunch!! Call these burgers QuinWOW burgers.
QuinWOW Burgers with Beer Caramelized Onions and Swiss
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 4-5 Burgers
Serving Size: 1 Burger
2 cups cooked quinoa (cooking your quinoa in vegetable broth will add a TON of flavor!)
1 cup cannellini beans, mashed
1/2 cup diced mushrooms, cooked (I used baby bellas)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 of your favorite burger buns (I used brioche), toasted
4 eggs cooked to your liking, optional but highly recommended
Potato chips, plain or salt and pepper chips are recommended
Beer caramelized onions
1 tablespoon butter
1 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
1 pinch of salt
1 cup or so beer (I used a lager)
In a bowl combine the quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, mushrooms, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, chile powder, salt and pepper. Mix well to moisten the ingredients and then mix in the shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well again and form into 4 or 5 equal burger patties. Place on a plate and put
Caramelize the onions. Heat a large skillet. Add 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and salt and cook for a minute or two, stirring frequently.
At this point you want to slowly add the beer, let it cook into the onions, add more and let it cook. Do this until the 1 cup of beer is gone or the onions are caramelized to your liking and the beer has mostly evaporated. Remove the onions from the skillet and keep warm.
In the same onion skillet add 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil and heat to medium-high heat. Grab the quinoa burgers and smash them into the pan until they form a patties, about 1/2-inch in thickness. Cook until golden and crisp, about five minutes per side. During the last minute or so of cooking add the swiss cheese, cover the pan and cook 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
To assemble the burgers, place each burger on a toasted bun, top with equal amounts of caramelized onions, the runny egg and crispy potato chips. Grab some napkins and DEVOUR!