Quinoa Burger FAIL


I like that my husband gets excited when I try new recipes, but I especially love it when he doesn’t complain when it doesn’t turn out like we had planned. Tonight’s dinner was inspired by recipe posted by my friend at Follow the High Line Home.

First of all I have to admit that I am horrible at following recipes when I cook. I only follow them closely when I bake because things can go south quickly otherwise. But when I cook I like to just make things up as I go. Still wondering why the word FAIL is in the title of tonight’s post?

Tonight I mixed up the following…

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • cilantro (just a few leaves, if that is what they are indeed called.)
  • 1 light string cheese stick (pulled apart)
  • 2 cans of pink salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • garlic salt (I usually stop adding when I think, “Oh no, I definitely over did it.”)

After mixing it all together Justin made patties. They were a little bigger than they probably should have been, but we proceeded. The patties were placed in a frying pan with a little garlic extra virgin olive oil. Side note: We are so happy the Stillwater Olive Oil Company opened up a store in White Bear Lake!



After letting them cook for 5-6 minutes we tried to flip them. It was a no go. We let them cook a bit longer and during our second try they started to fall apart. Eek! After a couple of attempts I decided it was time to just forget about them being in a “burger” shape and mixed it all together.

I also decided to bake the remaining patties. I put them in a muffin tin to ensure they stayed together. They basically are a larger version of one of my favorite snacks, Quinoa Bites.


And while those baked at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, I served my husband what turned out to be the best salmon fried rice quinoa ever!


It was so dang tasty that I don’t think I will ever feel the need to indulge in the real (unhealthy) deal again. We enjoyed it with a side of broccoli and peas. Justin said it was really good, but then added that he doesn’t think he is a broccoli kind of a guy. Hey, at least he had a couple of bites of a green veggie tonight!

All-in-all tonight’s fail ended up turning into something that more than likely will become a staple in our house.

Have you ever tried to make something that didn’t turnout right but was still amazing anyway?



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