Quinoa Leftover Veggie Burgers

We’re trying to reduce food waste after I saw this article about Food Waste (be sure to click through to the infographic!) and watching Dive.

Tonight dinner time came around. I had a cup of quinoa leftover at the bottom of the bag, which isn’t enough to do anything with to serve the family. Or is it?

I cooked the quinoa thinking about some quinoa based veggie burgers I had seen recently. Then I got into the anti-food waste spirit!

I combined:

2 cups leftover hopping john
1 cup of leftover cooked collard greens and some of the liquid for processing
1/2 of a leftover green bell pepper
1/2 of a leftover yellow onion
1 can garbanzo beans-rinsed
2 tsp chopped garlic

I ran all that in the Vitamix until it was a hummus like consistency. You could use a food processor. I stirred in the cooked quinoa. I formed 6 largish “burger patties” by using a large spoon and thwapping it into the skillet with a bit of heated oil.  I fried them until brown on both sides. I also made 6 mini meatloaves in the oven. (I just put the mixture in the muffin pan and baked.)

I served on hamburger buns with leaf lettuce, tomato and mustard.

Note: They aren’t a veggie burger for people who expect a “meat” like burger.

Verdict: Easy, popular, and no “I can’t eat more reheated greens and Hoppin’ John.” guilt


  1. They were really good. Certainly less messy and time consuming and more environmentally friendly than those damn homemade veggie burgers I made years ago (and swore to never make again no matter how good they tasted.)

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