A chance to make killer meatless burgers at home? Done and done. Topped with a healthy dollop of guacamole atop a toasted English muffin, this burger is a serious rival to its beef counterpart. So much lighter and much less guilt than greasy beef. Rainbow quinoa, zucchini, mushroom, and sweet potato come together in a truly colorful, wholesome way. If you double the recipe, you can enjoy them for lunch or dinner throughout the week!

Quinoa Sweet Potato Burgers [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Portobello mushroom
  • 1/2 small zucchini
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (from about 1/2 uncooked)
  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs (gluten-free bread crumbs if making gluten-free)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 English muffins, split, toasted (gluten-free english muffins if making gluten-free)
  • Guacamole for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prick sweet potato all over with a fork; rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then season with salt and pepper. Roast directly on oven rack until tender, 30-45 minutes. Let cool. Remove and discard skin; mash flesh with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Remove stem from mushroom; discard. Pulse cap in a food processor until finely chopped. Coarsely grate zucchini on the large holes of a box grater; gather up in a kitchen towel and squeeze out excess liquid.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over low. Cook shallot and red pepper flakes, stirring often, until shallot is soft, about 2 minutes. Add mushroom and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to release their liquid but have not taken on any color, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; mix in quinoa and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
  4. Add breadcrumbs, lemon juice, and about 1/4 cup reserved mashed sweet potato to quinoa mixture and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. If mixture is too loose, add more sweet potato to bind.
  5. Divide mixture into 4 portions and form into patties, pressing firmly together with your hands. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium and cook 2 patties until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side; season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 2 patties.
  6. Build burgers with patties, toasted English muffins, guacamole, tomato chutney, and sprouts. Do Ahead: Patties can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.


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