Quinoa Crab Cakes or Burgers

Quinoa "Crab Cakes"

These are absolutely delicious and while they can be eaten as a burger, we actually preferred them as crab cakes because of their soft texture.

These are so packed full of flavor you won’t miss the meat!  They obviously have a much different texture than a traditional hamburger, but nonetheless, have been a huge hit in my household.

Quinoa Burgers

Topping it with avocado spread instead of mayo just enhances the flavor, as well as making it healthier.  Just add your favorite toppings and you’re all set.  We eat these along side some sweet potato chips, homemade of course.

Recipe:  Serves 4  Prep time: 1 hour  Cook time: 10 mins   Click here for a printable version

Ingredients to cook quinoa first:

2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup organic quinoa
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sea salt

Ingredients to make quinoa patties:
(After cooking quinoa)

1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup panko crumbs
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp old bay seasoning
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp ground chipotle chili spice
Few grinds of fresh ground black pepper

First, prepare the quinoa by adding all the quinoa ingredients into a pot and stir. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Quinoa is done when the grains open up and are translucent. Turn the heat off, return lid and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. (make sure all the liquid is cooked away or it will be too soupy for burgers)

Tip: While the quinoa is cooking, sautée the vegetables in some olive oil until tender.

Once the quinoa is done add the cooked veggies and all of the remaining ingredients, except the panko crumbs, and stir to combine.

Let the quinoa cool and form into 4 patties. Put burgers into the fridge on a plate to chill for 30 minutes. They will hold their shape and be easier to cool this way. They are obviously more delicate than a traditional hamburger.

After the burgers have chilled put the panko crumbs on a plate and coat them well on all sides.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat in a little bit of olive oil and cook the burgers for a few minutes on the first side until golden brown. Flip over and do the same to the other side.

Top with tomato and mashed avocado as a spread and enjoy! Add any additional toppings you like.

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8 Comments on “Quinoa Crab Cakes or Burgers”

  1. July 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM #

    What are the ingredients? It looks yummy 🙂

    • July 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM #

      Hi there! I apologize, I’ll be uploading the recipe soon. I’ve just been working on setting up my whole website and still trying to fine tune everything so I’m a little behind. Sorry about that! Thank you so much for visiting! 🙂

    • July 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM #

      I’ve added the recipe! 🙂

  2. August 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

    These burgers were so good, so tasty & so appetizing too! 🙂 My mom & I loved them so much!!! xxx

    • August 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

      Thank you so much Sophie!! I’ve since updated the recipe by adding black beans to give it more texture and and structure so they’re not so soft, I need to update the recipe. I’m so glad you loved them though!!

  3. August 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM #

    I’ve bookmarked this!

    • August 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM #

      Oh great thank you! Hope you enjoy them! I need to update the printout recipe but I’ve since added 1/2 cup black beans to it to give a bit more structure but it’s up to you how you fix them!! 🙂

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