This potato and quinoa veggie burger recipe is our new favourite dinner. It’s quick to make, tastes great and is so easy that the kids can even make their own.
I’ve found a vegan burger that my kids will eat! I am so unbelievably pleased about this. We’ve had success in the past with these vegetarian sweetcorn and chickpea burgers and these vegan falafel sliders (mini burgers). But as so often happens with picky eaters they’ve both dropped out of favour and chickpeas are no longer accepted by R. I’ll keep on making them though in the hope that things swing back in their favour but in the the meantime this vegan quinoa burger is rocking our burger world.
So last month vegetarian restaurant tibits invited me along to a vegan kids cookery class they were holding. tibits is a great place to take the kids as they serve a buffet style meal where you can choose what you want from a range of dishes and you pay by weight for what you have. Read my review of tibits.
My six year old daughter absolutely loves cooking but I decided to take the opportunity to challenge my picky eater, R, who is almost eight, by taking him along. He was a bit dubious at first but was won over by the words “burgers” and “biscuit decorating”. It was also a good opportunity for a bit of one to one time and we popped over to the Tate Modern afterwards.
In the end he loved the tibits kids cooking class. We made these potato and quinoa burgers and we also made slaw (which he wouldn’t go anywhere near obviously), rice krispie nests, iced lemon biscuits and cheese straws. I loved seeing how all the other kids on the course tucked into their burgers with gherkins, tomato and slaw. R’s anxiety about being “made” to eat the slaw started early on so I went up and grabbed him a burger without the fillings. Just tucking into something like this is a big step for him and I was so happy that he loved it.
We have made them twice at home since. He really enjoyed being the one who knew how to make them and demonstrated to his siblings what to do. I am so thrilled to have found a vegan burger that everyone likes! They are great with sweet potato wedges on the side to avoid a white potato overload but they’re so filling that they’re a meal in themselves.
tibits has kindly let me share the recipe for these vegan quinoa burgers with potatoes with you. The recipe below makes four big burgers but it can easily be stretched out to make smaller burgers to feed more kids. This is more than enough to feed our family of two adults and three children.
Potato and quinoa veggie burger
This vegan quinoa burger recipe with potatoes, herbs and spices is our new favourite dinner. It's quick to make, tastes great and is so easy that the kids can even make their own.
- 25 g each black and white quinoa (or use all white) cooked and drained
- 2 medium floury white potatoes peeled and cooked
- 1 onion peeled and chopped
- 15 ml vegetable oil
- 1 small bunch freshly mixed herbs (thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage)
- 20 g cornflour
- Pinch salt and pepper
- 10 g ground madras curry powder
- 5 g vegetable stock powder
- 2 gherkins sliced
- 2 ripe tomatoes sliced
- 4 burger buns
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Heat up the oil in a large sauté pan and soften the chopped onion. When cooked put into a large bowl.
Add the cooked quinoa grains and add the cooked potato.
Chop the herbs finely and add the remaining ingredients, mix everything well and work into a firm dough.
Form the dough into burgers or balls and press flat gently. Put the burgers on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and bake in the preheated oven at 180°C for 15-20 minutes.
Cut the burger buns in half and warm through under the grill.
Load up your burgers with gherkins, tomato slices and slaw, pop on the top of the bun and put a pick in it to hold it all together.