Potato Chips

Crispy Quinoa Burgers

quinoa burger

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.

Until now!

quinoa burger

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

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yields: 4-5 Burgers

Serving Size: 1 Burger


    Quinoa Burgers
  • 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)


  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!


Inspired by: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/epic-crispy-quinoa-burgers-topped-sweet-potato-fries-beer-caramelized-onions-gruyere/


My New Favorite Fish Fry

Every Friday in Wisconsin, restaurants and pubs around the state compete to host the best fish fry around.  If you’re not familiar, fish frys are like the midwest’s version of Fish and Chips.  You get your choice of local fish — typically lake perch or walleye or a light fish like haddock — and it’s served with a potato and other fixings.  This is definitely local to Wisconsin culture and something I miss dearly.  So every now and again I attempt a homestyle version of fish fry to satisfy my cravings.

I have tried various breading methods and even invented a tasty baked fish fry recipe that I really enjoy, but nothing had quite satisfied my craving for that glorious Wisconsin fish fry… until now.  This week my prayers have been answered because I finally found that winning fish fry recipe!

Ever wonder what the heck you’re going to do with the chip crumbs in the bottom of your potato chip bag?  Try using it for an extra crispy coating on fish.  Yep, you heard it right here … potato chip crusted fish.

How does the saying go again?  Teach a man to cook a fish and he’ll eat for a day.  Teach a man to crust a fish in potato chip crumbs and he’ll eat like a king.

Yes, I believe that’s how it goes.

Whenever I fry anything I use my cast iron.  If you haven’t purchased a cast iron yet, do so immediately (or beg your mother, sister, significant other to buy you one for that obscure holiday that is coming up).  Cast iron is perfect for smaller items like fillets of fish.

 Start off by dredging your fish in a little flour.  You can use just about any fish you like.  We used cod because we like the big flakes of fish meat you get when it’s cooked.

Dip your dredged fish in a little egg wash then coat with crushed potato chips. The egg wash will help the crumbs stick to your fish.

Line your cast iron with enough oil to come up to the sides of your fish.  Heat your oil to a medium heat and test it with a potato chip crumb.  If your crumb bubbles and sizzles, you are ready to put your fish in.  Allow your fish to cook for at least two minutes on one side and carefully flip it over.  You want your fish to be sizzling but not so much that it scorches your breading.

Perfection!  Now, thinner pieces of fish will take about 2 minutes per side.  If you have thicker pieces of fish you should lower your temperature and fry for a couple more minutes on each side.  Remember that each fillet is different and it will need to be treated just as tenderly.  Not all cod pieces are the same size or thickness!

Remove your fish once it is cooked and allow it to drain on a paper towel. Drizzle a little fresh lemon juice on your fish as it cools.




Potato Chip Crusted Fish

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: Serves 4

Potato Chip Crusted Fish


  • 1/2 cup of flour, or more
  • 1 or 2 eggs, beaten
  • Black pepper and paprika, to taste
  • 1 bag of wavy potato chips
  • 2 pounds of fish fillets, cut in half if they are long
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Tartar sauce or malt vinegar for serving, optional


  1. Preheat your cast iron skillet(preferred), deep pan or pot to a medium heat. Pour your oil into your pan or pot. You want to use enough oil to come up to the sides of your fish -- about halfway up the sides.
  2. Place the flour in a shallow bowl with the pepper and paprika, to taste. Beat the eggs in a separate shallow bowl and add a splash of water. Crush four or five handfuls of potato chips in a large bowl. Keep the bag of chips handy because you will probably need more.
  3. Dredge your fish in the flour, covering the fillet completely, then dip the fish in the egg wash to coat and allow the excess to run off. Place your fish into the potato chip bowl and firmly press the chip crumbs into the fish on all sides. Set aside and repeat with the other pieces of fish.
  4. Drop a potato chip crumb into your hot oil. If the potato chip is sizzling, your oil is ready. If your chip seems to be hissing and popping a lot, your oil is probably too hot and you should lower the temperature, remove the pan from the heat and allow the oil to cool for a few minutes before placing your pan back on the heat.
  5. Once your oil is ready, carefully place your fish pieces in the oil and leave them for two minutes. When they are golden brown on the bottom (remember each piece of fish will cook differently depending on the type and size), carefully flip it over and cook for another two minutes. Note: If you are using thick pieces of fish, you'll want to lower the temperature a smidgen and let the fish cook for four minutes before flipping.
  6. Once your fish fillets are a beautiful golden brown on each side, remove them with a slotted spatula and place them on a paper towel. Spritz a bit of lemon juice on each fillet as they cool for a minute or two. Serve with your choice of sauce and enjoy!

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