Crispy BBQ Quinoa Sliders

Ok, I have never been able to visualize being a vegetarian, but these little sliders help me imagine that I could be for a few days.  They are GREAT!  I have made these twice now and they are so easy and rather delicious.  I have to admit I was dubious since I absolutely HATE veggie burgers, they are just gross-nasty texture, weird flavor, etc.  But these are none of those things.

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I’ve made these twice now, once for the vegetarians in my life and once for my Mom.  My veggie loving loved ones thought they were good and my Mom thought they were “quite tasty” which is her code for kickass.  My Mom and I talk about food A LOT and whenever I ask her how she liked something, she’ll say, “it was good, but (insert tiny imperfection here)”.  When something is awesome she’ll pause for a moment, lower her voice a wee bit and say; “it was quite tasty”.  These were “quite tasty”, also known as kickass.

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So these kickass little sliders are perfect for these last days of summer when you have a boatload of corn and maybe want to mix things up a bit.  Because, as I’ve mentioned before, I am a classy lady, I served these with some crispy fries from the oven, which was a tremendous combo.

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Crispy BBQ Quinoa Sliders
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 ears of sweet corn grilled and removed from the cob
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP fresh basil, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 TBSP of your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy), plus additional for topping
  • 2-3 TBSP olive oil
  • 8 wheat dollar buns, split
  • crispy bacon, lettuce, sliced tomato, etc for topping
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions, using broth in place of water, chill the quinoa in the fridge for at least an hour.
  2. In a large bowl gently mix the chilled quinoa, corn, green onions, basil and salt and pepper.
  3. Next add the cheese, panko, flour, eggs and BBQ sauce and combine with your hands until well incorporated.
  4. Form patties by very firmly pressing the mixture together into little disks.
  5. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  6. When oil is hot, give the disk one more firm little pat and very gently place them in the pan.
  7. Cook in batches until the sliders are brown and crisp, 3-5 minutes per side.
  8. Place sliders on dollar buns and top with additional BBQ sauce and whatever else you’d like-bacon if you are me.

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Did he eat it?!  Uh no.  He literally turned up his nose at the sight of them, which is totally his loss.  Maybe next time?

Adapted slightly from this recipe at How Sweet Eats.

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