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  1. Watch how to make these quinoa squash burgers:
  2. Quinoa Squash Burgers Recipe

I’m not usually one for veggie burgers. They’re usually a disappointment – but these are different. For me, they’re in a completely different category from meat. I don’t think of these as a meat substitute but just as a delicious weeknight meal. They don’t have to be served on a bun and would be terrific on a salad or as a side. I love their versatility!

These are a fun and delicious alternative to meat burgers. Served with a bun, lettuce, and this chipotle mayonnaise, they really are a great meal!

Watch how to make these quinoa squash burgers:

Quinoa Squash Burgers

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For the burgers

  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced onion
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup finely diced Cremini mushrooms
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup prepared squash
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup toasted ground flax meal

For the chipotle mayonnaise

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½-¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers


For the burgers

  • Prepare squash by baking, cooling, and scooping out of skin. Set aside.
  • Cook quinoa by combining water and quinoa. Bring to a boil. Cover and lower to a simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and remove from heat. If liquid remains, keep on simmer without the lid until the remaining liquid is cooked off. Set aside to cool.
  • Toast walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking to evenly toast, 5-8 minutes. Once toasted, chop in a food processor until finely chopped.
  • In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Saute until the onion is translucent.
  • Add prepared mushrooms and continue to sauté until the released liquid from the mushrooms has cooked off, 5-8 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in cumin. Cook a few seconds then add soy sauce. Cook until most of the liquid has cooked out. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl with the prepared and scooped squash, add the onion mixture, prepared quinoa, chopped walnuts, egg, and flax meal. Stir to completely combine.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Using a ⅓ cup scoop, make patties and cook 3-5 minutes per side until browned and a crust forms. Remove from skillet.

For the chipotle mayonnaise

  • In a food processor, add all ingredients but the oil and peppers. Process on high until well incorporated.
  • Slowly add oil through the feeding tube with the processor running until the mixture begins to thicken.
  • After ½ cup oil is added, check the thickness of the mayonnaise. Add more if needed to thicken to the desired level.
  • Once thickened, add pepper and process to incorporate.


Serving: 1patty
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking
Quinoa Squash Burgers | The Gray Boxwood
Quinoa Squash Burgers | The Gray Boxwood
Quinoa Squash Burgers | The Gray Boxwood

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