Dave’s Incomparable Veggie Burgers

I am not normally a veggie burger person. While I do try to eat meat only a couple of times a week at most, I love a good [beef] hamburger, and I’ll take it medium rare with a runny fried egg, thanks. But Dave and Pete had a really good idea as they were brewing beer batch #2 last weekend: using the spent grains from beer making in a veggie burger. Not the first time it’s been done, of course, but it is the first time we did it.

veggie burger-med

This veggie burger knocked the wind out of me, in a good way. I couldn’t believe what I had just eaten. It was every bit as comforting and savory as an actual hamburger, but a totally different food.

I like quinoa, but I couldn’t believe that this was quinoa.  It was so good. SO. GOOD. It was hearty and savory, and I am so glad we have 3 more cups of spent beer grains. Never throw them away. Never.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup spent beer-makin’ grains*
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • Dash of sriracha
  • Salt and pepper

In a bowl, stir together all ingredients except breadcrumbs. Add the breadcrumbs last.

Shape into patties and cook in 2-3 tbsp. oil in a medium skillet.
veggie burger cooking

Try to to move them and be very careful flipping (and definitely flip them only once). Look for a nice browning on each side before removing to a waiting seed bun or ciabatta roll. We really enjoyed them with guacamole and a sweet slice of tomato.

*I had a comment asking about what to use if you do not have access to spent beer grains. I would suggest (but have not yet tested) using either cooked barley, bulgur wheat or steel cut oats, or more quinoa. You could also add some chopped cooked mushrooms or shredded beets.

7 Comments »

  1. Hi,

    Is there an alternative to the spent grain? I’m not sure if we have this available

    Comment by Mai — February 8, 2013 @ 7:55 am

  2. Wow, wonderful recipe with quinoa. I loved the picture….looks so delicious! http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.in/

    Comment by Purabi Naha — February 8, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  3. Hey Mai, thanks for the question. You might try calling your local brewery or brew pub to see if they’ll share their spent grains kind of like how Starbucks gives away coffee grinds for gardening.

    If that’s not available, I think you could substitute cooked barley, bulgur wheat, or maybe steel cut oats for the spent grains – or just use more quinoa! :) You also could maybe try adding chopped cooked mushrooms or shredded beets.

    Comment by bekky — February 8, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

  4. I LOVE veggie burgers! These look hearty and delicious, especially with that quinoa.

    Comment by Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook — February 9, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

  5. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is about burgers. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

    Comment by Carole — February 14, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  6. Pre-cooked quinoa?

    Comment by Sam — March 12, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

  7. Yes! Thanks for reading :)

    Comment by bekky — March 12, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

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