Vegan Roasted Quinoa and Cauliflower Burgers are great for sneaking lots of veggies into your meal and make the perfect weeknight dish the whole family will gobble up. How about these veggie-filled burgers for your next meatless Monday? They also pack perfectly for lunches the next day.
Vegan Roasted Quinoa and Cauliflower Burgers
I find nothing more satisfying than roasting an entire cauliflower and eating the whole thing straight from the roasting pan.
Well, I do find other things more satisfying, but when it comes to cauliflower that pretty much takes the cake.
I love it so much it feels kinda glutinous and I feel guilty (damn catholic guilt).
I remember absolutely hating this stuff as a kid and the smell of it steaming away in the kitchen making me feel physically ill.
I was nothing if not dramatic as a child.
But now that I have learned to cook it properly I think I would come close to saying it's one of my favorite foods.
Roast The Cauliflower
This week we bought a pretty big cauliflower.
I cut it into florets and roasted the whole thing with plans of making three different dishes...I got as far as these vegan roasted cauliflower and quinoa burgers and ate the rest of the roasted chips while tinkering in the kitchen.
The best laid plans huh.
Roasting the cauliflower prior to adding it to the burger mix really brings these burgers to the next level and makes for the most amazing flavor.
Do not miss this step!
How To Serve
Vegan roasted cauliflower burgers are great for sneaking lots of veggies into your meal.
My toddler gobbles these things up like they are going out of fashion (the hummus I serve with them helps).
They can easily be used as lunch stuffed into a pita with some salad veggies or for dinner as a burger with some hummus, avocado and home-baked (or store-bought) bread.
If we have no bread they get wrapped in lettuce leaves or collard green which works just as well.
Vegan roasted cauliflower and quinoa burgers also freeze really well, which as you know, always adds bonus points in my book!
In need of some more burger inspiration? Check these out:
- Quinoa and Milk Poached Salmon Burger
- Thai Fusion Ahi Tuna Burgers
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers
- Baked Zucchini, Feta and Quinoa Bites
Vegan Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Burgers
- 2 tablespoon ground flax
- 3 cups cooked quinoa (cook according to package instructions)
- 1 cup roasted cauliflower (see notes for tips on roasting)
- 2 large carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 small onion, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
- 3 cloves garlic
- ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- burger buns, lettuce, avocado, mayonnaise/vegannaise, sliced tomato, red cabbage for serving
- Make your flax eggs by mixing together 2 tablespoon ground flax with 6 tablespoon water and set aside for 5 mins
- Add the cauliflower, carrot, onion, garlic and sunflower seeds to the bowl of a high speed blender or food processor. Pulse until well combined.
- Add the cauliflower mixture and all the other ingredients to a large bowl and mix together well (don't forget the flax mixture)
- With wet hands, form the mixture into 12 patties about 1 inch thick and place on a cutting board. Pop them into the fridge for 20 minutes as this will help them hold together better when cooking
- Heat some avocado oil in a large sauce pan with a lid and heat over medium-low heat
- Once hot, add the burgers to the pan, and cook until the bottoms are browned, about 6 minutes
- Turn the burgers over and cook for another 6 minutes with the lid on
- Serve warm in a burger bun with a generous dollop of hummus or mayonnaise and lots of raw veggies. Or wrap in a lettuce leaf if you don't do bread.
Hot tip for quinoa: I make a big batch on a sunday in the rice cooker and freeze it in portions so that it can be used during the week without the hassle and time required to make it up fresh. It loses no flavour in the freezing process and saves you a heap of time in the kitchen on those busy nights. Just remember to grab it out of the freezer in the morning!
I don’t have carrots ( usually do) could I use a red pepper instead . I have lots of those I need to use up...
I am sure that would work just fine Anna, make sure you grate them and maybe give them a bit of a squeeze with some paper towels to get rid of excess liquid. Enjoy 🙂
Oh these look so good! I'm a huge fan of homemade veggie burgers, but this is such a great fall twist to shake things up a little this time of year.
Thanks Julie 🙂
Jessica Pinney says
Yum! I've been trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet and this one looks like a winner to me! I'm going to try it out this week. Can't wait!
Yay, hope you love it Jessica!!
Monica Le says
Now, THAT is what I call a burger. Yum!
I am so in love with roasted cauliflower, I've been known to eat it on its own for a snack. It must be fantastic in these burgers, paired with the quinoa and spices. Such a great meatless burger idea!
Amanda Mason says
I love the ingredients you put in this recipe!! What a healthy looking burger and vegan, too!! LOVE this! I bet it's full of flavor! It looks super flavorful!! I cant wait to try this!!
Carol Borchardt says
I love my meat but I have yet to find a vegetable I don't like! I love to try new vegetarian options! These burgers look amazing!
This burger looks lovely. Been looking for a good veggie burger recipe for a while now. Thank you.
Veena Azmanov says
Oh wow.. htat is so cool. I love quinoa but never made a burger with it. Love the use of cauliflower. The flavors are so awesome Saving for later
Thanks Veena 🙂
Analida Braeger says
These burgers look so good! I love the flavors in them. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for popping by Analida 🙂
Dominique | Perchance to Cook says
These look so tasty! I like the use of quinoa here because all that protein keeps me full.
Oh these burgers definitely keep you full for a long time!!
I'm always looking for tasty vegetarian burgers and this one looks delicious. And I'm also a huge cauliflower fan. I just printed and pinned it!
Yay 🙂 We are HUGE cauliflower fans around here too, so I end up sneaking it into everything. You share my daughters name, which isn't common 🙂
I can't wait to try this. I love quinoa but usually in a burger it just falls apart. I just know the cauliflower is going to solve that problem for me.... Pinned it!
Ugh I have had so many dry fall apart quinoa burger fails when experimenting with a new veggie burger recipe!! So annoying, but finally nailed it 🙂
How do you 'mince' the ingrediants? Never heard that term before x
Whole Food Bellies says
Hi Nene, minced is just another term for diced finely/grated. I usually pop my carrots and onions etc in the vitamix to save time so they usually end up more minced than normal dicing but thanks for pointing that out - it may be an Australian term.