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We Can All Be Quinoa Queens

The daily beef temptations surrounding the greater Missoula area are overwhelming (especially when paired with a drinking problem) but is there a way to satisfy your burger cravings and live past forty in the same bite? I took to the kitchen to make the internet famed “healthy and tasty” quinoa burger to find out.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this grain, quinoa comes from the Andean region of South America and is packed full of protein, which makes it a great substitute to beef for this recipe. I know what you’re thinking yeah it’s good for you, but how are you going to make that weird rice stuff taste good? Prepare to watch witcraft take shape in a burger, because this simple recipe bends all odds of tasting good and feeling good.

What you’ll need:

Burgers​ ­

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons all­purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ­2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced, for serving.

Avocado Cream Sauce ­

  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ­1⁄3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ­Kosher salt and black pepper



  1. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, Parmesan, panko, flour, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle peppers, lime juice, eggs, corn, beans, salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. ­To make the avocado cream sauce, combine avocado, garlic, Greek yogurt, cilantro, salt and pepper, to taste, in the bowl of a food processor; set aside.
  3. ­Divide the mixture into 12 balls; press each lightly to form 1/4­inch­thick patties. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add patties to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through, about 3­4 minutes per side, flipping only once.
  4. My quinoa adventure was a great success. I was not only able to satisfy my burger craving but also able to actually get my roommates to eat something I made for once. Overall I found this recipe was only about a thirty minute process and a super easy cleanup . At last I have found a healthy and edible alternative to my never ending burger craving.

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