When I was going to College in Vancouver I had a class mate who worked out daily and was very health conscious with her food choices. She was always bringing interesting food with her for lunch (grains I’d never heard of like quinoa & millet). My mom started cooking with grains in the late 80’s so this combined with my class mate’s healthy lifestyle really helped spark my interest in healthier food. When I lived in Vancouver the only place you could buy these grains were health food stores (1990’s).
The inspiration for this burger comes from a memory from those College days. Another classmate of mine invited me over to a BBQ at her place one Spring weekend. Her name was Ana and she was tall with a full mane of thick, stunning red hair. She made vegetarian burgers for the BBQ and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. The main component in her burger was sweet potatoes/yams.
I wanted to create a quinoa burgers so I cooked some sweet potato, added in some other tasty ingredients and the burger was born. This recipe makes 4 patties, enough for lunch for 4 days or dinner tonight. Note do not fry or grill this burger, it holds together nicely when baked. I have since updated the recipe and added in a little bread crumbs to bind it.
For toppings I added some sauteed, seasoned mushrooms, a spring lettuce mix, and tomato. The sauce included mayo mixed with chopped cilantro, salt, pepper and lemon juice.