Millet and quinoa burgers in sesame

Making burgers makes life so much easier, at least for me. Not only are these great for lunch or dinner, they make a great snack on their own or on a sandwich. These burgers are high in protein and have an unexpected flavor. I’m beginning to love using black onion seeds to add a unique flavor to various foods.

Sesame seeds are a really great source of calcium. And most of the calcium is in the hull, therefore unhulled sesame seeds should be a regular staple in the vegan diet. A tablespoon of unhulled or black sesame contains 88 mg of calcium.

I also added quite a bit of flaxseed. First of all, its function in this recipe is to bind all the ingredients together. Secondly, flaxseed contains soluble and insoluble fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. I buy my flaxseed whole and grind it in the coffee grinder when I need it.

millet quinoa burgers

½ cup dry millet
½ cup dry quinoa
3 ½ cups water
2 tsp. oil (optional)
½ tsp. turmeric
1 large carrot, grated
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 tbsp.  whole flaxseed
1 tbsp. whole black onion seed (nigella sativa)
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. coriander
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole black and/or unhulled sesame seeds


1.       Cook millet and quinoa in water with 1 teaspoon of oil, pinch of salt, and ½ teaspoon turmeric for about 20 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain any excess water, if necessary.

2.       In a frying pan, sauté grated carrot with 1 teaspoon of oil, cumin, coriander and cayenne. You may need to add a teaspoon or two of water.

3.       Add carrot to the cooked millet and quinoa. Stir in ground and whole flaxseeds, black onion seeds, salt and black pepper.

4.       Shape patties. I have a bowl with water in which I wet my hands. This eases forming the patties and prevents the mass from sticking to your hands. Roll in sesame seeds.

5.       Bake at 180°C (355°F) for 20-25 minutes.

Yield: about 13 palm-sized patties

Allergy information: These burgers are free of wheat, soy, nuts, gluten, and of course milk and eggs.


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