Umami Almond, Quinoa, and Sun-Dried Tomato Burgers

“This burger uses raw almonds and pre-cooked quinoa for the base, along with a number of seasonings that ignite that umami essence. Those flavors, along with the richness of the almonds, are what makes these meat-free burgers irresistible!” Click here to download a recipe card for this burger.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled*
  • 3/4 to 1 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, oil-free
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in quarters
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (or coconut aminos for soy-free version)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • PREP TIME 20
  • COOK TIME 10
  • Serves 4-6

Directions

  1. In a food processor, add almonds, garlic, balsamic, tamari, tomato paste, rosemary, and salt. Puree until the nuts are very finely ground, and becoming a little sticky. Be sure to grind them fine enough so that the almonds release some oils and become a little ‘sticky’, that will help bind the burgers – you don’t want almond butter, but a very fine meal that is becoming clumpy.
  2. Then add green onions and sun-dried tomatoes** and pulse through until the mixture becomes dense and is starting to hold together. Add quinoa and process/pulse through again until well incorporated.
  3. Remove blade, and shape into patties (or refrigerate first for 1/2 hour, helps make easier to shape patties).
  4. To cook, heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties, about 5–7 minutes on first side, and then another 3–5 minutes on second side until golden brown.
  5. These patties hold their shape well, but if they are flipped a lot and overcooked they become more crumbly and dry. Serve with fixings of choice. Makes about 6 patties.

Note: If grilling, cook patties on non-stick foil on pre-heated grill until golden brown on each side.

*You can substitute brown rice for the quinoa.

**Some varieties/brands of sun-dried tomatoes can be very tough and hard, and others quite soft. If the ones you have are soft, go ahead and add them straight – but if they are very hard, it is useful to soak them in boiling water for a few minutes to soften (fully drain and pat dry before adding to processor).