I am not a big fan of meat but I do like a good hamburger every now and then. Here in the Netherlands I know a few excellent burger bars where they serve good quality meat, however more and more often I choose a veggie alternative, because they are lighter, healthier and taste just as good.
For a while I've been wanting to make a vegetarian burger here in my own kitchen. But I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I tried it nevertheless and I am glad I did. Because it is so easy! Just follow the steps, and nothing can go wrong!
Quinoa parsnip burgers with guacamole and mango
| makes 4 burgers |
150 grams (red) quinoa
300 ml vegetable stock
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp cayenne pepper
150 grams parsnips
For the guacamole:
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 mango, cut into slices
Rinse the quinoa. Put a soup pan on medium heat. Add the stock, the spices and the quinoa. When it boils. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 8 minutes. Once you see white rings surrounding the seeds, your quinoa is ready.
Steam the parsnip 10-12 minutes. Mash it by hand or with an immersion blender.
Add half of the quinoa to the mashed parsnip. Pulse in a food processor, or mash with the immersion blender.
Combine the mixture with the other half of the quinoa. Stir well and form burgers with your hands.
Preheat the oven to 350F, 180 C.
Add a little olive oil, ghee or coconut oil to a frying pan and cook the burgers about 5-7 minutes on each side, on middle high heat.
Slide the burgers onto an oven rack. Bake for five minutes. Remove from the oven.
To make the guacamole:
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse. Season to taste with a little sea salt. Set aside.
Grill the mango. Put the pieces into a pan. Grill for about two minutes on each side.
It is now time to assemble the burgers. Put a dollop of guacamole on the lower half of the bun, then add some lettuce or arugula, place the burger on top of it, some pieces of grilled mango, and finally the alfalfa sprouts. Your burgers are ready to eat!