Despite the fact that in my opinion both Quinoa and Chia seeds look like frogspawn and have (what I image) to be the same taste, these burgers were absolutely lush. I have well and truly had my horizons stretched when it comes to unpronounceable South American food products.
To make 4 burgers:
500ml hot vegetable stock
100g kale, stalks removed, leaves roughly chopped
3tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
75g fresh breadcrumbs
2 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in 4 tbsp water (or mixed with 2 eggs)
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp italian herb seasoning
salt and pepper
Put the quinoa in a saucepan and pour or hot stock. Simmer for 20mins over a gentle heat until the grains have fluffed up and the liquid has disappeared. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the kale and simmer for 6-8 mins until cooked through. Drain, squeeze out any excess water and set aside.
Add tbsp of olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 mins until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more.
Tip the cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a shallow frying pan. Using your (clean) hands form the quinoa mixture into 8 round patties. Fry for 4-5 each side until crisp.