Thai Quinoa Burgers


Thai Quinoa Burgers

My family and I love all Thai flavors – peanut, cilantro, lime, lemongrass, curry paste -- and we also love burgers, so I came up with a Thai-inspired burger recipe. I usually keep this one pretty mild in terms of spice, but if you want to add some heat you can always use chopped Thai chilies!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Allergens: Nuts, Soy
  • Servings: 4


  • 1/3 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 package tofu (extra firm, cut into 1/2-inch slabs)
  • 1/2 cup panko or gluten-free panko
  • 1/2 cup scallion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup carrot (coarsely grated)
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup red Thai curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (finely grated)
  • 2 teaspoons lemongrass (finely grated)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 flax eggs*
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or oil of choice


  1. Combine quinoa and vegetable broth in a 1-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Reduce heat to low, then cover and cook until broth is completely absorbed into quinoa (about 12 minutes).

  3. Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl.

  4. Meanwhile, layer paper towels on a large rimmed baking sheet, arranging tofu slabs about 1 inch apart, and top with another double layer of paper towels.

  5. Place another baking sheet on top of the tofu and weigh it down with cans for about 10 minutes to press out excess moisture.

  6. Crumble tofu into pea-size pieces and add cooked quinoa.

  7. Mix in panko, scallion, carrot, peanuts, curry paste, cilantro, lime zest, and lemongrass.

  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  9. Stir in flax eggs. (*To make a flax egg, mix well 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and 2 1/2 tablespoons water and let it sit for 10 minutes.)

  10. Chill mixture for at least 30 minutes.

  11. Portion burger mixture into 8 balls, then form into 3-1/2-inch patties with moistened hands.

  12. Heat canola oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat.

  13. Add burgers to the pan, reducing heat to medium-low, and cook until browned on one side (about 3-4 minutes).

  14. Gently flip with a thin spatula and cook until browned and heated through (about 3-4 minutes).

Bon appétit!

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