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BLT QUINOA BURGERS WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND BUTTERMILK-CHIVE SAUCE

BLT QUINOA BURGERS WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND BUTTERMILK-CHIVE SAUCE

These (almost) meat-free BLT Quinoa Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Buttermilk-Chive Sauce are the perfect compromise–almost vegetarian–for your meat loving pals.  Want to keep it all veggie??  Just substitute some soy bacon (Mornigstar makes one).  The patties are really good on their own, so consider having them as a dish (a la a crab cake), or as a lettuce wrap, if you aren’t feeling the buns!

I have topped the BLT burgers off with some caramelized onions (not necessarily a BLT component, but TOTALLY worth including!).

A final sear of the patties with the buttermilk-chive sauce, add on some toppings of your choice and these quinoa patties are ready to hit the plate!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c tricolor quinoa I used this 1/2 bag is perfect for this recipe save the rest for tomorrow's lunch
  • 1 yellow onion quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and diced

For the Buttermilk Chive Sauce

  • 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1 T buttermilk
  • 2 T chives chopped
  • 1 T mayonnaise optional

Optional To Serve

  • 4 Buns
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Bacon

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. Place the onion in a skillet over medium heat with 1T of oil. Saute until golden and caramelized, 15-20 minutes.
  3. To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Drain and rinse the cannellini beans. Thoroughly mash or process in a food processor. Add in the garlic powder, panko, egg, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Fold in the cheese, quinoa, tomato and bacon. Form quinoa into patties (the recipe will make 4-5 patties).
  6. Heat about 1T of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until golden 3-5 minutes, flip and repeat on the other side.
  7. Serve warm, on buns or not. Topped with sliced tomato, bacon, avocado, butter lettuce and the buttermilk-chive sauce.

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