There have been no shortage of quinoa burger recipes making the rounds on pinterest.com lately. I’ve been eyeing them right along with the rest of you. This week the green onions in our garden were finally ready for harvest and immediately, quinoa burgers sprang to mind.
A vegetarian dish for dinner was especially appealing with the Independence Day holiday and forkfuls of bratwursts right around the corner. When I stumbled across this particular recipe from Linda at Eating Well…Living Thin-er, I could not wait to make it. Her quinoa burger patties looked so perfectly golden and delicious.
Linda’s recipe was super easy to follow and very nice and the flavor profile was spot on. The problem is that I made a complete and epic failure of frying these pretty little things. Every. Single. One. fell apart in the pan. Many stuck stubbornly to the bottom creating a layer of quinoa burnt mess that only hours of pan-soaking could undo. I’m glad to say that I didn’t throw in the towel completely. While I did give up on making pretty quinoa burgers, I settled for something a bit less shapely, but still just as tasty.
These last-minute quinoa lettuce wraps saved dinner. Topped with sriracha aioli (that’s just mayo with some sriracha sauce mixed in. We call it aoli so that Mr. I-ate-mayonaise-ThirdRow will eat it), the wraps were a delicious hit and something I think I’ll consider trying again when the rest of our carrots are ready for harvest.