Last week I had a friend in town, and we went to Deschutes Brewery Saturday for lunch where we sampled some beer and split both a burger and Quinoa and Cashew Burger. Prior to biting into the “veggie” burger, I was intrigued. Post bite, I was in love. I decided I must recreate the burger at home.
- 2 c. quinoa
- 4 c. water
- 4 green onions, sliced thin green and white parts
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
- 4 eggs
- 1 small onion chopped fine
- 1 c. ground cashews
- 2 T. soy sauce
- Panko bread crumbs (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the quinoa in water according to directions, cool the quinoa and mix with all the other ingredients in a bowl.
- Shape into patties that are your desired diameter and thickness. Cook in a frying pan (bottom completely covered in vegetable oil) over medium heat until brown on one side. Carefully flip the burger with a spatula and let it cook until brown and crisp on the other side. If desired, top with you favorite flavor cheese. (I used Havarti.) Top with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, etc. Serve on your favorite bun. (I ate mine on a Brioche bun – yum – while my dad ate his on a ciabatta roll.)
First and foremost let me warn you that the above-recipe yields a massive amount of burger patties. I went with a half recipe because I only had one cup of quinoa. I made two ginormous patties for dinner and had enough leftover mixture to make at least two more normal sized patties.
This recipe is based on a recipe I found for quinoa burgers sans cashew. I substituted the bread crumbs called for in the recipe with ground cashews. When combining the ingredients, I decided to go ahead and add some bread crumbs anyway as the mixture seemed a bit too wet. That’s why I mention Panko breadcrumbs as “optional” in the ingredients list.
My version of Deschutes Quinoa and Cashew Burger is just as good as theirs, I would say. Maybe even better because my coating was a bit more crisp and browned than theirs. (This was the chief complaint my friend had after eating their burger.) My dad was both pleased that I was offering him a meatless burger, and impressed by the healthy but delicious taste. I would definitely make these ‘burgers’ again!