quickie recipe: quinoa, kidney bean and walnut burgers with super easy, sugar-free ketchup

Hello all! Is it really Friday already? Nothing like a long weekend to make the week go in the blink of an eye.

A few things for today :) First, I’m going to share the recipe for the burgers I whipped up on the long weekend. I got a request for it from the lovely Sarah and since I actually wrote it down (I rarely do that for my dinners!) I thought I’d share it! Then you’ll find the winner of the Kettle Cuisine soup giveaway and little blog love!


These burgers were the result of a very last minute decision- the grill was being turned on and I completely lacked the foresight to marinate any tempeh or tofu for skewers which is something I’ve been wanted to try for a while. So I needed a recipe that would: come together easily, use ingredients I already had, and be ready in less than 30 min. I did a super quick scouring of my bookmarked recipes to see if any burgers looked good but nothing really fit with what I had! SO what I ended up doing was using an idea from the book Veggie Burgers Every Which Way and used the guidelines set out by Rip Esselstyn on the Engine 2 blog! Veggie burgers scare me for some reason, so I needed the guidelines ;)

It worked quite well and I was left with delicious burgers that were fresh tasting thanks to herbs straight from the garden and had a great texture. I think I’ll add nuts to a lot of veggie burger recipes from now on! They added a great crunch, plus added bonus of getting some omega-3s in! Not only did I have time to make these in 30 min, I even managed to whip up some homemade ketchup to go one top. Now that’s what I call speedy!

Unfortunately these were not made on the grill. I have never trusted homemade veggie burgers enough to not crumble, so I made these on the stovetop. If anyone has a grillable (is that a word??) veggie burger recipe pass it on, I would pay you back with boatloads of positive vibes sent directly from me to you :)


Quinoa, Kidney Bean and Walnut Burgers (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Soy-Free)

These are protein packed burgers from the quinoa and the beans so they’ll really fill you up! The walnuts add a nice crunch and the lemon, parsley and nutritional yeast tie the whole thing together nicely!

Make 6 large patties

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, chopped (I used ones that had been soaked and then dried)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or another high smoke point oil)
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • seasonings: 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp salt
  • coconut oil for cooking

First get your quinoa cooking! Add it and 1 cup water to a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed.

Meanwhile get all your other ingredients together and prepped and get a large frying pan preheated over medium heat. When the quinoa is done add it into a large bowl with everything else and mix well, using your hands or a potato masher to mash some of the beans. The mixture should stick together fairly easily when you form it into patties. If it is too wet, try adding chickpea flour and if it is to dry add some water, both 1 tbsp at a time until the right consistency is reached. Form into 6 patties. When pan is preheated, brush it with a small amount of oil to prevent sticking and cook each patty for about 4-5 minutes each side until browned.

While you are waiting for the patties to cook, feel free to whip up some homemade ketchup, get together a salad and you have yourself a solid meal :)


Super Easy, Sugar-Free Homemade Ketchup (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

This is a ketchup I’ve made a few times and I’ve tweaked it to where I like it- the cloves and the allspice make it.

Adapted from this recipe for salt-free ketchup at Straight Up Food

  • One 5.5 oz. can salt-free tomato paste (no flavours added either)
  • 1/2 an apple, diced (use a sweeter one like a Gala)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp kelp seasoning (or salt to taste)
  • agave to taste if you need it

Place all the ingredients in a blender (Magic Bullet was a great size for this) and blend until smooth. Add a little water if needed to help it blend. Store in the fridge.

Kettle Cuisine

And now for the winner of the Kettle Cuisine Giveaway!

Congratulations, Jordan D!


Jordan- Just contact me using the form in the Contact tab letting me know you want the prize (I’m assuming you do!) and I’ll send Kettle Cuisine an email and they will contact you soon.

Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling

C.J.  from the Food Stories blog herself nominated me for her award, the Food Stories Award! Thank you so much C.J. I’m really honoured that you thought of me!

Here’s how it works:

1. The nominee should visit the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/) and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way our judges will know who is being considered for the monthly presentation).
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their stories and nominate them for the award.
5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/).

Random fact: I can’t whistle!

My nominees- these are blogs I haven’t nominated before, but are so deserving of a nod:

  1. Lou @ fridge scrapings: awesome recipes and beautiful insights
  2. Shelby @ Everyday Vegan Girl:  awesome food and always shares the best info. We have such similar tastes!
  3. Cara @ Fork and Beans: gorgeous food and a gorgeous girl, inside & out
  4. Sarah @ This Is What I Eat: look forward to talking to you everyday!
  5. Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan: so much good information and food going on. Great outlook on food and healthy living!

It’s almost the weekend, woo!

30 thoughts on “quickie recipe: quinoa, kidney bean and walnut burgers with super easy, sugar-free ketchup

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  2. I have been on a homemade veggie burger making craze! These look so good, I really like the addition of nutritional yeast…and the homemade ketchup – that is going to be a must try for me!

  3. The trick to getting a grillable veggie burger is having enough of the binding ingredients (flour, purreed beans, mashed potatoes, etc) in relation to the other ingredients (grains, veggies, whole beans). For instance, mashed sweet potato and chickpea flour create a really good bind (and obviously taste amazing). Generally less food particles (shredded veggies, non sticky grains) and more purreed foods= stickier burger! ;-)

  4. I’ve been meaning to make homemade ketchup for a while too – I had some at a restaurant that was made with aromatic spices, and I think there was some fennel in there somewhere – YUM! I’ve read about lacto-fermented ketchup, which sounds cool, and is on my list of things to (eventually) make but requires me to get my act together and get a starter culture (also on my list of things to do!). Have you ever done much with fermenting?
    The bugers look great – just bought my first tub of nutritional yeast, so maybe this would be a good way to start using it?!

    • Hey Sarah! Fermenting in general is on my list of things to do lol. I am looking to start some basics up soon- sauerkraut and kombucha hopefully! Lacto-fermented ketchup is something I’ve heard of, but don’t know too much about! I’m intrigued though- I mean any way we can sneak some fermented foods into our diet is a good thing! Any experimenting I do will make it on the blog so I’ll keep you posted!

      Nutritional yeast is amazing! In this recipe you can definitely taste it but it’s not over-powering, so this would be a good one! Also check out some vegan pesto recipes (I have a kale avocado one) and vegan cheese sauces! I also used a little of it in my raw almond butter cups which was a delightful surprise :) Just sprinkle it one everything (pasta, salads, soup, etc)- that’s what I do :)

      Let me know how you get on :)

  5. I just made the ketchup. It’s really quite good, considering there;s no sugar in it at all. I think it will be even better once it has sat in the fridge for a while. Thanks!

  6. I love the ketchup recipe. My son loves ketchup and I search high and low for low sugar ones. TJs seems to have the lowest but I will give this a try. I saw on Dr Oz how he used just plain tomato paste for ketchup, which seemed kind of boring, so I like your additions here!
    You may want to give a flax “egg” a try to help bind your burgers. I find that helps, or a little vital wheat gluten if you don’t mind it not being GF.
    Thanks for the nomination too! Haha…can I nominate you back?!?! ;-)

    • Thanks for the tip Shelby! It’s funny, even though I’ve been vegan for a couple years, the basics seem to escape me! When in doubt flax is your friend ;)

      You are so deserving of the award! Very inspiring! Haha if you want to I won’t complain but your comment was so lovely that’s all I could ask for :)

  7. Oh that catsup (ketchup!) looks so good! I’ve given it up completely due to the sugar content so I MUST give this a try on my oil-free roasted potatoes (hehe, I crack myself up sometimes with all my food quirks).

    • I am the same! I love ketchup but stopped using it because of the sugar. Definitely give it a try, it satisfies that burger craving! Absolutely great for homemade fries :) Oil-free roasted potatoes you say? I’ve tried but never like them quite as much, I always need to add 1 tsp oil- what’s you secret??

  8. Aww thank you so much Gabby, you are so sweet! :) And for the record, I can’t whistle either ;)

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I can’t wait to try them, they sound sooooo good! They are totally cleanse appropriate too! These will be on the menu soon!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. You’re far too sweet, Gabby, thanks so much :)

    Oh and a tip for less-crumbly veggie burgers… try adding in a bit of chickpea flour (it helps kind of “bind” them) or some vital wheat gluten (gluten flour) they both work well :)

  10. This looks like a perfect Friday evening meal :D
    Can I just say that I do not know how you have the ability to make something so delicious on the spur of the moment :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. love this burger recipe, its so clean and looks incredibly tasteful! I am addicted to quinoa, will have to make those burgers this weekend!

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