Vegeterian Teriyaki Burgers

I love a delicious veggie burger. A veggie burger and fries (always fries!) has always been one of my favorite meals.  I’m always looking for new recipe ideas, and I’m not afraid to admit that this Vegetarian Teriyaki Burger was inspired by pure jealousy. Ha! I see a lot of teriyaki burgers on restaurant menus, but they are always made with meat. It’s kind of a bummer. Sometimes vegetarians get a bum wrap … ya know? So after years of watching my husband eat them, I finally decided to make my own vegetarian version.

Ingredients

For Burgers:

    • 1/4 cup quinoa
    • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 small red pepper, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 large garlic clove, minced
    • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
    • 1 green onion, finely chopped (green part only)
    • 4 pineapple slices (sliced 1/2-inch thick)

For Teriyaki Sauce:

    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
    • 1 tsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
    • 1 small garlic clove, minced
    • 6 tbsp mayonnaise

For Serving:

    • 4 burger buns
    • lettuce

Instructions

Prepare burgers:

    1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil.
    2. Add quinoa and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    3. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
    4. Saute onion and red pepper in oil until softened and browned.
    5. Add ginger, salt, crushed red pepper, and garlic to pan.
    6. Cook until fragrant, then remove pan from heat.
    7. Place chickpeas in a large bowl; mash until smooth.
    8. Add quinoa, sauteed veggies, flour, and egg to chickpeas and mix well.
    9. Stir in cilantro and green onion.
    10. Shape mixture into 4 burger patties.
    11. Heat remaining 2 tsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    12. Add pineapple slices and burgers to skillet.
    13. Cook burgers and pineapple until browned on one side, then flip and cook on the other side. Remove from heat.

Prepare teriyaki sauce:

    1. While burgers cook, mix together soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, and garlic.
    2. Whisk in mayonnaise until mixture is completely smooth.

Serve burgers:

    1. Spread both sides of each bun generously with teriyaki sauce.
    2. Cover bottom bun with lettuce.
    3. Add a burger and a pineapple slice; then add bun top.
    4. Serve burgers immediately. Enjoy!
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