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Turkey Quinoa Flavor Burgers - How To make them for the everyday chef

Finally, at long last and many a request, the recipe is here:

This is a recipe I really never tire of. I've perfected it over the past year and encourage you to be experimental with the ingredients and the preparation and let me know how it goes.

These turkey quinoa burgers are awesome because they don't take TOO long to make and you can have a perfectly portioned lunch for an entire week that's high in protein, considered "clean eating" full of flavor and can easily be enjoyed re-heated by itself in the microwave, served over a leafy salad, over a bed of quinoa, or even served as a regular burger between tasty buns, avocado, mayo and your veggies of choice.

Enough chatter, let's dive right in!

Total time: About an 1.47hrs  Makes: 20 patties


  • 2 lbs low fat turkey (two packages)
  • 4 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth, or water (least flavorful option))
  • 3/4 cup cut up cilantro
  • 4 shallots (minced)
  • olive oil (splash)
  • coconut oil (used as binding and for "grilling")
  • 3 tablespoons seasalt (or salt to flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (super seedy mustard is best and this is option anyways)

Step 1: Make the quinoa

  1. Prepare quinoa by rinsing it with water until the water runs clear. This helps prevents the quinoa from carrying a slightly bitter taste.
  2. Add chicken broth and quinoa to a medium sized pot and put over high heat. When a boil begins, lower the heat to low and allow the quinoa to simmer (covered) for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.)
  3. When the quinoa has absorbed  the broth, take off heat and fluff with a wooden spoon and move to a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Prep the quinoa mixture

  1. Add the salt, curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, and one spoon full of coconut oil to the quinoa and mix.
  2. in a saucepan heat up a l or two of olive oil and then saute the minced shallots. saute until a flavorful aroma fills the air and the shallots should looks cooked down but not burnt. This will maybe take 5-10 minutes.
  3. Mix in sauteed shallots to the quinoa mixture. Taste mixture, potentially add salt if needed. This mixture should be a bit salty because you'll be adding two packages of turkey meat to it later. We like seasoning!!
  4. Add cilantro to the mix and stir with wooden spoon.
  5. cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap or tinfoil and put in the fridge. I usually store overnight so the quinoa fully absorbs all the flavors and the cilantro has time to full integrate with teh rest of the ingredients and flavors. This step can potentially be skipped if you don't believe in this type of flavor marination. Up to you!


Step 3: Mix the quinoa with the turkey

  1. Hand mix the two packages of turkey with the quinoa mixture until completely blended together. Add another spoonful of coconut oil.

Step 4: Create patties

  1. With your hands, create patties and set them aside on a plate for cooking. I like my patties to be a bit on a smaller side as I usually package the burgers into Tupperware containers and bring into work. 
  2. When patties are all created, why don't you start cleaning things up. You won't need anymore mixing bowls or anything like that from here on out.

Step 5: Cook

  1. I like to cook my burgers on a grill-like pan, but use any kind of pan or regular grill you want.
  2. On a pan, I'll use coconut oil to cook the burgers in.
  3. Cook the burgers to the point where they are seared on the outside, and cooked through on the inside. With the quinoa in the burger, it may seem a little difficult to tell when the burgers are done, so I will generally cut one in half to take a look. Remember, you are most liekly going to package these burgers up and re-heat them at a later date in the microwave, so don't cook them to hell! I say, about 8-10 min per burger.
  4. Remove from heat and serve or package for later consumption!


How did this recipe work for you? Please let me know and please share the recipe with your friends!



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Grew up in New England Primarily and attended Pomona College in sunny southern CA, where he majored in Media Studies with minors in Psychology and German. He has been a TV show producer, a technology instructor, and supporter of all things related to the HubSpot Marketplace

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