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Quarantine Cookbook: Quinoa Burger – photo by Lauren Oldenburg. Recipe & photos by Half Baked Harvest

Something that we have all tried to focus on throughout the pandemic is sprucing up our cooking skills and trying to be more experimental in the kitchen. It can be daunting to try new foods. Lots of people stick to what they know and feel comfortable cooking, and the second they step through the threshold of a new recipe, panic mode settles in. And we get it, recipe instructions can be very confusing. I mean what does “folding in the cheese” even mean? Does anyone actually know?

We here at Aria support you, kitchen adventurer, to try something new!  So why not put a spin on every carnivores favorite comfort food, the burger, and go meatless? Reducing meat consumption is a great goal to strive towards for the health and environmental benefits eating less meat can offer. So put on your aprons, get the meal preppin’ playlist going, and prepare those tastebuds to be thrilled.  For more recipe ideas from Aria, check out our full spread of recipes in the What Ar-ia Cookin Quarantine Cookbook.

Crispy Quinoa Burgers

Contributor: Lauren Oldenburg
Servings: 6

Burgers –
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 1 cup cannellini beans (mashed)
• ½ cup panko bread crumbs
• 1 large egg (beaten)
• 1 clove garlic (minced or grated)
• 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
• Salt & pepper
• ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
• ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese (plus more for topping)
• 2 yellow onions, caramelized (for topping)
• 6 burger buns (toasted)
• Any optional additions (avocado, herbs, fried egg, etc.)

Sweet Potato Fries – (Optional Side)
• 4 sweet potatoes (cut into matchsticks)
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
• ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
• Salt & pepper

In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, mashed beans, panko, egg, garlic, chili powder, shredded cheeses, and a punch of salt and pepper. Form the mix into 5-6 equal burgers. Keep refrigerated while making fries.
To make the fries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss sweet potatoes with the olive oil and seasonings, and place on a large baking sheet (or better yet a cooling rack placed within a baking sheet, this helps them char a bit more). Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cook the burgers on a hot skillet drizzled with olive oil. Cook until golden and crisp (about 5 minutes per side). During the last minute add the slices of gruyere cheese, cover, and cook 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.

To assemble, place each burger on a bun, top with caramelized onions, and any other optional toppings. Enjoy!