What a treat! You will never miss hamburger meat again. This is real food that you can feel good about and that tastes so delicious and in addition is packed with the healthiest ingredients. These burgers do not need a bun so you will save some calories there. I made this in my quest to satisfy my Chase and her difficult palate and it is a winner. Keep the batter ready to go in your refrigerator.


Recipe Summary

41 mins
5 mins
1 hr 6 mins
20 mins
24 burgers


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is soft, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and salt; cook and stir until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.

  • Place sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate; prick all over with a fork. Cook on high, turning once, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool until easily handled, about 5 minutes.

  • Peel sweet potatoes and place flesh in a bowl. Add eggs, tahini, kefir, flax seeds, Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, soy sauce, vegetable seasoning, vinegar, salt, and pepper; beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Stir in quinoa, onions, and corn.

  • Stir enough spelt flour into the sweet potato mixture until it barely holds together.

  • Melt 1/4 teaspoon butter on a griddle over medium heat. Spoon a burger-sized patty onto the hot griddle and cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Flip; add 1 slice Cheddar cheese. Cover patty with a frying pan and cook until cheese is melted, about 4 minutes more. Repeat with remaining butter, sweet potato mixture, and Cheddar cheese.

Cook's Noted:

Don't worry if you are missing an ingredient, just substitute as needed. You can optionally add chopped kale if you have it on hand.

The mixture will firm up the longer it sits. If you chill it overnight, you can form patties firm enough to wrap and freeze to have on hand.

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; protein 11.6g; carbohydrates 27g; fat 14.7g; cholesterol 49.7mg; sodium 244.8mg. Full Nutrition