As you may know (or perhaps you don’t), I don’t eat beef. It’s actually a little weird to think about since growing up I was in love with cheeseburger happy meals from McDonald’s. My dad loved a good burger too, topped high with condiments and every fixin’ in the refrigerator. Burgers were essential year round in our house, yet during my high school years I converted to turkey burgers, and then throughout college veggie burgers filled my plate.
Now there is no question that the tastes and textures between the three of them are completely different—juicy beef burgers, moist turkey burgers, and unbelievable flavored hearty vegetarian burgers. I actually prefer the satisfying flavor from veggies burgers — beans, fresh herbs, spices, and a delicious texture just can’t be surpassed.
Yesterday I was craving one of those veggie burgers made with good-for-you ingredients. Since I’m an Alexia Tastemaker, and have the honor of developing delicious recipes using Alexia products, I wanted to incorporate their new sweet potato rolls. I knew they would be perfect with my veggie burgers, especially since they have sweet potatoes in them. Yum!
These burgers come together by pureeing chickpeas, a little garlic and onion, fresh herbs, spices, and sweet potatoes. Then the bean and sweet potato puree is mixed with cooked quinoa and formed into 8 patties. I placed them on parchment paper and stuck them in the fridge to help bind them a bit before cooking; however, do note that at this point the burgers are completely vegan and gluten-free!
If you aren’t sure how to properly cook quinoa, check out this tutorial on how to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa.
Now if you’d like a crispy exterior and a better binded burger, I suggest dipping them in a bit of egg and bread crumbs before frying (noted in the directions).
Again, these burgers are paired with the sweet potatoes rolls (not vegan or GF). However, they are definitely a new favorite of mine; I enjoyed their crisp exterior and soft interior. They’d be incredible with a cinnamon honey butter for breakfast.
There isn’t anything more comforting than these veggie burgers. Somehow they make me feel as though I’m back in California, eating things made with wholesome ingredients and soaking up the sunshine. In reality, I’m in Minnesota shivering my buns off and wearing mittens everywhere I go.
Oh well. I’ll savor the memories between every bite.
Lastly I can’t forget about the giveaway I’m hosting! I will be giving away: 1 Alexia apron, 1 potholder, 1 set of wine charms, and 1 coupon for a FREE Alexia product!
How To Enter: Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite type of burger is and what you like topping it with.
For additional entries: Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each, letting me know that you did them, or they will not count.
Enjoy these delicious, healthy burgers! They’ll satisfy you with flavor.
*Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my partnership with Alexia Foods as an Alexia Tastemaker. All my opinions and recipes using their products are my own. I am sharing this giveaway on behalf of Alexia Foods.