Quinoa and red lentils cook up in the same amount of time, right in the same saucepan, making these nourishing veggie burgers super convenient to make. You can make the whole batch, and freeze half of them for later use once baked and cooled. While these bake, consider roasting some potato wedges or other vegetables at the same time. Add a green salad one of our easy slaws for a great meal. Recipe adapted from Plant Power by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (tan or red)
- ½ cup red lentils
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube
- ¼ cup quick-cooking oats or quinoa flakes
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
- ¼ to ½ cup minced fresh cilantro or parsley
- Dried hot red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, optional
- Optional embellishments (see below recipe box)
- Preheat the oven to 425º F.
- Combine the quinoa, lentils, bouillon cube, and oats in a medium saucepan with 3½ cups water. Bring to a rapid simmer; add the scallions, curry, cumin, and paprika as the water is heating up.
- Simmer gently until the water is absorbed and the quinoa and lentils are done, about 15 minutes. Stir in the cilantro, then season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir in the olive oil if desired, for a little added richness.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a round, ½-cup measuring cup to make perfect patties, as shown in the photo below. Spray the inside of the cup with a little olive oil cooking spray.
- Grab a level scoop of the quinoa mixture; invert onto the parchment with a sharp tap to release it, then flatten into a ½-inch patty with the bottom of the measuring cup. Repeat with the remaining quinoa mixture; you should wind up with 8 patties.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then carefully flip each burger, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until golden and firm on each side. Remove from the oven.
- Serve with or without breads as suggested below in optional embellishments, as well as any of the other additions.
Per burger without optional olive oil: Calories: 130; Total fat: 1g; Protein: 6g; Carbs: 24g; Fiber: 3g; Sodium: 20mg
- Whole wheat rolls, pita breads, or English muffins
- Lettuce leaves, baby spinach or arugula
- Roasted red peppers
- Sliced tomatoes
- Sliced red onions
- Green sprouts
- Peeled and sliced avocado
- Quick Tartar Sauce or ketchup and mustard
- Here are more tasty and easy vegan burgers.