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Vegetarian Teriyaki Burgers

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Vegetarian Teriyaki Burgers

Burgers. You can’t have summer without them!

Making burgers on the barbecue is a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful warm day, relaxing with a cold drink in your hand, and enjoying the time spent surrounded by friends and family. Some people prefer to make their own burger patties, and others will often purchase pre-made ones. Unfortunately, these pre-made burgers come along with additives and preservatives. While not all homemade burgers are unhealthy (some homemade beef burgers are fantastic and only use simple and fresh ingredients), you may want something even cleaner to put into your body. A burger that is packed with protein, has no meat, and contains enough flavour to satisfy you for a long time! Introducing, the vegetarian Teriyaki Burger!

These fantastic meat-alternative patties include fresh vegetables and flavourful spices! The ingredients that go into this burger are ones that you know are good for your body, and will give you the things you need to feel healthy and happy afterwards! Say goodbye to frozen and dry patties from the grocery store, and hello to hearty, healthy, and fantastic burgers! Who knows, your family may not even notice that the meat has been taken out!


Ingredients (Makes 4 burgers)

For Burgers:

  • ¼ cup Quinoa
  • 3 tsp. Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 small Onion (chopped)
  • 1 small Red Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 can Chickpeas (drain and rinse)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 Green Onion (chopped)
  • 4 Pineapple Slices (roughly ½ inch in thickness)

For Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 tsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • ½ tsp Ginger (grated)
  • 1 small Garlic Clove (Minced)
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise



  1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil on the stovetop.
  2. Add the quinoa and cook until it is tender, then drain and set the quinoa aside.
  3. In a small separate skillet, heat up 1 tsp. of the olive oil over medium to high heat.
  4. Sauté the onion and the pepper in the skillet until they are opaque.
  5. Add in the ginger, salt, crushed red pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes.
  6. In a separate small bowl, mash the chickpeas until they are smooth.
  7. Add the cooked quinoa, vegetable skillet mixture, flour, and egg into the mashed chickpea bowl, mixing until combined.
  8. Then stir in the cilantro and green onions until combined.
  9. Begin to shape out 4 separate burger patties and fry them in a separate pan using the remaining 2 tsp. of olive oil.
  10. Add the pineapple to the pan and sear the burgers and fruit until they are browned on both sides.


(For Teriyaki Sauce

  1. Mix together all teriyaki sauce ingredients except the mayonnaise, stirring until combined.
  2. Then add the mayonnaise and whisk the mixture until it is smooth.)


  1. Spread the homemade teriyaki sauce on both sides of the cooked burger.
  2. Add lettuce, cooked pineapple, and any other burger condiments you would like to your burger between buns (gluten free buns are also optional) and serve!


A big shout out to hellolittlehome.com for this amazing burger alternative recipe! Enjoy your summer feasts with heart healthy and delicious foods!



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