Still, making my own seemed daunting. A lot of steps at the busy dinner hour. I've long been collecting recipes in the hope that one day, with a bit of time and the appropriate ingredients, I would concoct my own. Not only was the result delicious, the process was a cinch! Better yet, I was able to use a bunch of leftovers I had in the fridge - which I love to do, because I hate to waste food (I buy organic, and it's expensive!). You can devise the recipe to make it your own, too, based on what you have on hand.
1 small onion, very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of well-chopped vegetables: use whatever you have available (I used leftover organic mixed veggies, which made this so easy, mixed with fresh steamed string beans, chopped. You can use zucchini, carrots, corn, beans...anything at all!)
1/3 grated parmigiana cheese
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoon dried parsley, or fresh if available
2 and 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa (you can use leftover)
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 bread crumbs (gluten free are fine)
Extra virgin olive oil for frying
1. Either put first set of ingredient in a chopping bowl and chop together, or prep separately and mix together in a very large bowl.
2. Add quinoa, salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste. Mix well.
3. Beat eggs separately and add to quinoa mixture. Add breadcumbs and combine. (If you aren't on a gluten-free diet, I recommend using regular breadcrumbs.)
Let the mixture rest for just a few minutes while the olive oil heats in a flat bottomed pan. Use your hands to mix well and mold the mixture into patties. (You can add more breadcrumbs if you feel it is necessary, however be sure to give the mix a few minutes for the moisture to absorb.) Keeping the oil at a medium heat, allow the patties to fry to a deep golden brown on both sides before removing from the pan and draining on paper towels.
Makes 10 burger size patties.
Patties are delicious on a bun, with all the usual fixins', or on a plate, especially with chipolte ketchup. Enjoy!