Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Put your water & quinoa in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for 10-15 minutes. Take off heat and let sit another 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
Heat oil or butter in pan and add mushrooms & onions. Cook until they start to soften slightly then add your spices + your minced garlic. Cook on low for an additional 5-10 minutes.
IN a bowl beat your egg. Add cooled quinoa, mushroom mixture, yam/sweet potato, cheese, pecans, dried bread crumbs, and sauce. Season with pepper and just a pinch of salt. Stir it all up.
Scoop approximately 1/3 cup out and form into a patty about 1 inch thick. Mixture will be sticky but still workable. Place patty on parchment lined baking sheet. You should end up with 4 patties on the baking sheet.
These burgers need to be baked for 25 minutes.
Patties will become a little brown and crispy.
Serve with your favourite bun & fixins.