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I think we can all agree that quinoa is awesome, right? Pair it with it’s pal kale and you’ve got a match made in heaven. I have eaten more than my fair share of veggie burgers and this is hands down one of my absolute favorites. It is adapted from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way (this is a must have book for veggie burger lovers).  The pistachios are of course optional but give these such a pleasing salty crunch. In addition to serving these as a traditional burger, you know like on a bun, I also love making smaller versions of them and serving them on top of  a salad with a little agave mustard dressing. Fantastic.

Baked Quinoa and Kale Burgers

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 bunch kale, deveined and roughly chopped

1 Tbsp. flax meal

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 Tbsp. warm water

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

3-4 Tbsp. brown rice flour

1 tsp. baking powder

Salt and pepper to taste

dash of nutmeg

First make your quinoa:

Rinse the quinoa well (I won’t even bother explaining my method because it is extremely convoluted), then add 2 cups water and quinoa to a pot to cook. Bring to a boil and let simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes, remove from heat and let cool slightly.

For the kale:

You can either steam the kale or saute it for a few minutes until wilted. Set the cooked kale in a strainer until it is cool enough to handle. Once the kale has cooled slightly squeeze as much liquid out of it as you can either using your hands or a dishrag. Once you have done this you should have a nice little lump of kale about the size of your fist. Finely chop this (the kale, not your fist) and set aside.

Make your egg:

I find this version of a flax egg to work wonders for all types of veggie burgers. Combine the flax meal, cornstarch, oil and water together in a small bowl and whisk until combined, set aside.

Saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes until lightly browned, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the quinoa, chopped kale, pistachios, flour, baking powder and seasonings to the onions and mix until combined. Fold in the flax egg mixture making sure it gets fully incorporated.

Form your burgers, you should get about 6-8 depending on the size, and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes.

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