These patties are super easy and fast to make as long as you have cooked quinoa on hand. Otherwise you have to include the cooking time for quinoa. when I cook grains, I cook twice the amount of what I need and store the rest in the freezer. Take the bag out of the freezer a few hours before you start cooking and you save precious preparation time.
Quinoa looks like a grain but is actually a seed with an interesting texture. The surface of quinoa contains a chemical called saponin that has a bitter soapy taste. Most commercial quinoa will already be washed and have the saponin removed but it’s a good idea to rinse it just before you use it in case there are residues.
The second major ingredient is a baked sweet potato. You can bake it traditionally in the oven, but I prefer to speed the baking process up by using the microwave.
The secret ingredients to give the patties their delicious aroma is thyme. Thyme is an evergreen herb with culinary and medicinal uses. Plus, they a bunch of thyme sprigs looks beautiful in a vase.
Form patties from the quinoa mixture and fry them in a non- stick skillet for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown.
Place the patties on the bottom of a bun, top with your choice of vegetable, leaves (I prefer lettuce and tomato slices) and condiments.
Eat solo or with a serving of homemade sweet potato fries.
- 1 medium sweet potato (need 2 cups baked potato)
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (about the equivalent of 1 cup raw quinoa)
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
- sea salt, freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp EVOO
- Prepare quinoa according to cooking instructions.
- Poke the potato several times with a fork and bake it in the microwave on 4 min, then flip over and bake for anther 4 minutes until soft inside. Let cool off, then slice open and scoop out the flesh.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a non- stick pan and sautee onions until translucent. Add garlic and 1/2 tsp salt and cook for anther minute.
- Transfer to a bowl, add thyme leaves, 1/2 tsp black pepper and stir in quinoa and potato. mix until well combined.
- Form patties and cook in a non- stick skillet for about 2 minutes each side until browned.
- Arrange the patties on bun bases and add your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomato, avocado, ketchup, vegan mayo etc). Top with bun tops and serve right away.