Beef burgers, fish cakes, tuna croquettes, black bean burgers, turkey burgers, zucchini fritters—what is it about pressing foods into patty form that makes everything better? If you’re not careful, though, a big chunk of burger can get mega caloric in a jiffy. Even store-bought veggie burgers can be a not-so-nutritious option if it’s just a slab of processed soy.
This meatless burger by wellness chef Charles Chen solves all those problems. Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”
This quinoa burger ain’t your typical cardboard-like veggie patty you find in the grocery store freezer section. It’s made with that famous superfood, quinoa, so it’s packed with healthy protein, and it includes flavorful, fiber-loaded veggies like sweet potato and kale. Um, it’s basically salad, right? Just in hearty burger form.
And you don’t skip on the condiments either. Chen recommends pairing this killer quinoa burger with a luscious basil avocado cream sauce. It’s rich, creamy, and flavorful—without any dairy. Swapping out the cream with avocado and coconut milk means you’re getting that luxurious creamy texture without the cholesterol. In other words, your tastebuds will think it’s indulgent, even though it’s healthy for your bod.