Super Green Quinoa Vegan Sliders

These lean green sliders pack a mean plant-based protein punch!  This gluten-free, oil-free vegan recipe gets natural sweetness from basil and peas.  Using frozen vegetables and a few pantry items, this makes an easy healthy dinner.  Freeze extras and bake for healthy vegetarian snack that kids and carnivores will love.

MEDIUM          Servings: 6   Ready In: 75 minutes


3/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1.5 cup frozen broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup frozen peas

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Super Green Quinoa Vegan Sliders

Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F

To make the Supergreen Slider Mixture: Combine the quinoa and 1 1/2 cup water in a pot. Cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes
While quinoa cooks, chop the basil
When the quinoa is done (it will look "popped"), remove the lid and let excess moisture cook off
Add the broccoli, basil, brown rice flour, and nutritional yeast to quinoa. Stir and cook until flour is no longer white, just a minute or so  
Transfer the quinoa mixture to a food processor or wide blender. Add the salt and peas. 
Purée until green and pasty. Taste to adjust seasoning.  

To shape and bake the sliders: Scoop about 1/4 cup of mixture for each slider. Regular burgers would be 1/2 cup. Place into a nonstick Silpat or parchment. 
Bake at 350 35-40 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Full burgers take about 45-50 minutes

Serve with roasted tomatoes, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, or other favorite toppings. 

Chef's tip: Quinoa packs healthy vegetarian protein in this recipe. If you don't want to spend time cooking it, though, you can swap out for canned cannellini beans. Just rinse and dry thoroughly before pureeing with the broccoli, peas, and basil mixture.

Veggie Burger Tips: There are three tricks to making sure your veggie burger can hold up on a grill: Make sure your burger "base" is very dry.  Puree the base completely smooth - crumbly burgers tend to fall apart.  Freeze the burger patties for at least 30 minutes before throwing on the grill.  This will help them hold.

Yield: 12 sliders (or 6 regular-sized burgers)


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (2 sliders)

Calories 162.9
Calories From Fat (13%) 20.49
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.31g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.28g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 213.73mg 9%
Potassium 268.33mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 28.91g 10%
Fiber 4.13g 17%
Sugar 1.03g
Protein 7.37g 15%
Calcium 15.41mg 2%
Iron 28.69mg 159%
Vitamin A IU
Vitamin C 0.02mg <1%

Do I need to rinse quinoa? Do I need to cook it with oil? How do I know when it's done? Chef Katie Simmons will answer all of these questions for you. Plus, she'll share a professional chef tip on why you should toast the quinoa with spices to get the ultimate flavor.