When I first made this burger, I was surprised by the way the outside reminded me of a chicken burger. There’s a crunch that crumbles in your mouth. Obviously, quinoa isn’t chicken so the burger doesn’t taste like chicken, but the texture of the outside of the burger does remind me of biting into a fried chicken patty.
How To Make the Burger
Throw everything in a food processor EXCEPT the panko breadcrumbs and the shredded cheese.
I recommend blending thoroughly. I stop blending once the mixture begins coagulating and sticking to the sides of the mixer. Once the goop stops moving a whole lot, its time to pull the plug.
Clean the mixture out into a bowl and add the breadcrumbs and cheese. I mix it up with my hands because that seems the easiest way to me. Do what you like.
Once its all mixed together, grab a nice handful of the mix and form it into a ball. I try to keep the cheese from sticking out everywhere so that it doesn’t burn when I put it in the pan. Flatten the ball in your hands until its about a 1/2 an inch thick patty. Set it on a platter and do the same thing until the mixture is used up.
Set the burner to high heat until a bit of oil is bubbling, then reduce heat to medium, place the burgers in the pan and cover. I let each burger cook for a couple minutes until the bottom starts turning a bit brown, then flip the burgers over. Same on the other side.
At this point, you could either lay a piece of cheese over the burger and let the heat of the stove melt it, or just serve the burger without cheese. Whichever way you prefer.