I’m preparing to kick meat and dairy to the curb 3 to 5 days of the week, possibly more. To be honest, I don’t eat that much meat to begin with so kicking meat to the curb won’t be super difficult. It’s the dairy part I struggle with! That’s why I say I’m going to to be vegetarian/vegan 3 to 5 days of the week. I’m not sure I can give up eggs and cheese that long!
- 16 oz. mushrooms, chopped
- 2 c. zucchini, grated
- olive oil
- 2 c. cooked quinoa
- plenty of salt and pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 T. shallots, minced
- 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. breadcrumbs
- Cook quinoa according to directions.
- Saute mushrooms and zucchini in 1 tablespoon olive oil with a generous pinch of salt over medium-high heat. Stir only once in the beginning, and allow liquid from vegetables to evaporate. Continue cooking until vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Mix cooked quinoa, vegetables, and remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
- Form 6 to 8 patties with the mixture. I would recommend 8. I made 6 six-ounce patties and they were a bit too large for my liking. Delicately fry patties over medium-high heat in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Shape with your spatula if necessary. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, or until browned. Be careful when flipping.
- Move patties to parchment covered baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Serve on your favorite bun with your favorite accompaniments.
I found an awesome looking brioche bun at Fresh and Easy. I spread a tiny amount of olive oil mayo on the bottom of the bun and topped it with arugula and sliced tomato. I topped my burger with melted mozzarella and avocado. It was a bit much. I think because of the complex flavor of the veggie patty, simple toppings would be best. I served my burger with vinegar and sea salt sweet potato (baked) fries.
You may have to adjust the ingredients in this recipe. The recipe I followed from Bowl of Delicious called for one zucchini. I felt like I needed a bit more guidance so I guessed that it was a large or jumbo-sized zucchini and used 2 cups. That may have been a bit much. My patties looked nothing like the patties at Bowl of Delicious. 😦