Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Meatout 2012 and a Quinoa Veggie Burger

Last year I participated  in FARM's annual Meatout event by sharing a Coconut Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (CLT) Sandwich recipe and this year I am excited to share a new take on an old favorite- a Veggie Burger!

But first, if you are not familiar with Meat out:

"Meatout is the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. On (or around) March 20, thousands of caring people in all 50 states and two dozen other countries encourage their friends, families, and communities to "kick the meat habit" and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains". 

I don't usually address animal rights issues head on in this blog. I guess it is more my "style" to allow delicious plant based food be the vehicle by which to express my activism.  The truth is, when I went vegan I did it for health and diet reasons but decided to stay vegan for the animals.

Upon giving up animal products, I felt a cleansing of my conscience that was quite unexpected. I felt as if a weight I did not even know I was carrying around had been lifted, and it felt good. No, it felt great. And, I want everyone to know you can feel great, too....even if you just reduce your meat consumption in favor of more plant based meals.

I have come to the conclusion that the human relationship with farm animals is one of exploitation and that  factory farming is one of the worst karmic situations we face. I am content not to participate in proliferating the suffering innocent farm animals endure during their lives. Actually, I believe that to be my obligation.

OK, enough about me! What about you?  I would love to know why my readers choose to enjoy a vegan version of an old favorite. Is it for health?  For the animals?  Maybe both?  Please let me know in the comments section!

Now, on to the recipe!

I can think of no better way to celebrate Meatout than with an awesome veggie burger. This is every bit as  delicious and satisfying as any other burger and without the suffering- what is not to like? 

The recipe as written a great base recipe- you can jazz it up with whatever herbs, spices a veggies or toppings you like.  Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!

Quinoa Veggie Burger

1 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup tomato sauce 
2 leaves kale, chopped fine (I used one curly and one Tuscan)
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup shitake mushrooms (chopped fine)
1/2 cup cremini mushrooms (chopped fine)
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the quinoa, vegetable stock, tomato sauce, kale, thyme and oregano  in a pot on the stove.  Heat on high until boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

Remove from the heat, stir in the tomato paste, mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Form the quinoa mixture into patties. I got six nice size patties, you can make them whatever size you like but do not make them too thick.

In a skillet heat the oil over high to medium high heat.  Add the patties and fry on each side for a few minutes until nicely seared and heated through.  Alternatively you could bake these in the oven on a lightly greased baking pan for about 20 minutes at 350, flipping the burgers halfway through.

I served mine on a toasted whole wheat bun garnished with lettuce, pickles, avocado, ketchup and spicy brown mustard.


  1. Finally...something that is also gluten-free! I can't eat most veggie burgers as they include something with gluten...especially breadcrumbs as a binder. Totally going to make these.

  2. This looks like a great recipe! I'm making the southwestern barley mushroom burger today so this one will be up next! Your recipes are all so awesome, thank you so much for writing this blog!! :)

    1. Thank you Lisa (*blushing*). I am so glad you enjoy them - I enjoy creating them!

  3. This recipe look great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my springtime recipes blog hop for a chance to win a "Top Chef" cookbook: http://ow.ly/9Lmwj

    1. Hi Matt, I would love to but cannot figure out where the "click here to enter" on your page is. I think I tried once before and had trouble then, too :(

  4. Beautiful post Lee! You're awesome! These burgers look yummy too. For me, being vegan just makes sense. It's best for personal health reasons, and the animals and the planet. It started out for me for ethical reasons, for the animals. I'm glad you feel obligated because your brand of activism is delicious! :) xoxo Sharon

  5. hi lee! it's erin...fr/ james' FB group.. this recipe sounds awesome. can't wait to make it! i made some black bean/quinoa burgers last week--they were ok, not great. this looks great! :)

    do they stay together pretty well while cooking? what do you think about making a double batch and freezing the patties?

    1. Hi Erin- I did find the burgers to stay together well. I think they would freeze perfectly! If you make them please let me know what you think!