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smokey quinoa burgers

by practicewithdanielle
Veggie burgers made with smokey mozzarella and quinoa topped with tomato, avocado and greens and an everything bagel salt pretzel bun

I was hoping to write last night but Westworld got in the way.

Hadn’t decided if I was into the second season but last night sealed the deal for me. I can’t look away at this point. I’m hooked on the existential questions, moody soundtrack, and unforgiving violence (sorry, not sorry).
From last night…

“You think death favors you, that it brought you back. But death’s decisions are final. It’s only the living are inconstant, they waver, don’t know who they are or what they want.”

Do you feel confident in every decision you make?

Cuz I sure don’t.

It’s only looking back am I grateful for the decisions and choices I’ve made. Until enough time has passed it’s easy to get stuck in the cycle of trying to answer “is this decision going to change the course of my life forever?”

Though I’m impressed with people who know exactly what they want at all times, I’m going to guess most of us aren’t quite there.

My theory is that this anxiety stems from some sort of fear around regret. Saying yes to something means you’re saying no to something else. You’re going to miss out on something.

For me, I create backup plans. Plan A, B, and C.  It brings me comfort in the chaos of having to make big life decisions.

Some of us have that “gut feeling”. I can never trust mine. Scary decisions always feel like the wrong one until I do it. Then it feels like the right one.

How do you go about making your big decisions?

On a smaller note, when was the last time you were at a restaurant with a huge menu? Guarantee you hated your order about 20 seconds after you told the server.

One thing I know for sure – you won’t regret the decision to make these.

The promised quinoa burgers. 

I know I said these were the best veggie burgers – and I meant it.

The smoked mozz cheese adds the most insane flavor – these taste like they were made on the grill. Pan frying makes them extra crispy around the edges and the pair really well with these buns.

You know the buns.

Just make them and live your life without regrets.

Veggie burgers made with smokey mozzarella and quinoa topped with tomato, avocado and greens and an everything bagel salt pretzel bun

Smokey Quinoa Burgers
Start making 40 minutes before you want burgers

2 cups cooked quinoa
3 eggs
6 tbsp flour
3 chopped scallions
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ cups shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
Anything you want to accompany your burgers

Cook your quinoa according to the package, this should take about 15 minutes. Let this cool a bit.

Mix in eggs, flour, chopped scallions, salt, garlic powder,and cheese. I like to let this sit in the fridge while I prep the toppings just so it gets cold – easier to mold that way.

In the meantime heat up some oil in a skillet.*

Shape into about 8 or 9 burgers. I like to take a ⅓ or ¼ measuring cup, fill it with the quinoa burger mix, pack it in, then take it out and gently shape it into a burger patty. You can buy burger cutters but ugh more stuff in the kitchen.

Each burger gets about 4 minutes on each side in the pan. For the second side, I like to loosely cover the pan with a cover.

Top with anything you want – I suggest avo, greens, tomatoes, and sriracha mayo. Obvi make these burgers with these buns.

*Notes on baking vs. frying on a skillet: Baking takes much longer but you don’t have to worry about any of that risky flipping business. However, pan frying gives it that real crispy edge and is much faster. If you choose to bake – do so for about 22-30 minutes at 350F.


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