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Quinoa and Spinach Burgers

Quinoa and Spinach Burgers

I think that it is important that we be conscious of the amounts of meat that we consume. I love when I can cut the quantity of meat from a recipe, add something healthier, and keep it delicious. These quinoa and spinach burgers contain a pound of ground pork as well, and are just as delicious as if the rest of the burger were made of beef. My children devoured them.

1 lb. ground pork
1 c. cooked quinoa
4 c. fresh spinach, chopped
4 eggs
½ c. olive oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coriander

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, leaving aside ¼ c. of the olive oil. Combine the ingredients until they stick together well and have a thick consistency.

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, drizzle a small amount of olive oil. Form patties from the quinoa mixture and add them to the pan. I cooked five patties at a time and did three batches. Cook the patties for about five minutes on each side, or until they are browned. Turn them gently with a spatula. The quinoa patties will be more fragile than a traditional burger, and are not strong enough to be cooked on the grill.

When the burgers are cooked on each side, remove them from the heat and serve them as you would a traditional burger. We serve ours on a bed of lettuce with our favorite burger toppings instead or on a gluten free bun. Enjoy!


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