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Cheeseburger Quinoa Recipe

Why yes I am telling you that putting PICKLES and MUSTARD and TOMATOES in quinoa is a REALLY GOOD IDEA today.

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I already can sense the HARDCORE judgement that is coming out of your how-can-quinoa-ever-ever-EVER-taste-like-a-cheeseburger SOULS.

My best friends of the internet world, it has HAPPENED.

It’s no secret that I am totally, madly in LUV with a little quinoa action. I mean, it just adds this EXTRA SOMETHIN’ SOMETHIN’ to things like pumpkin quinoa curry or a crock pot BBQ chicken quinoa recipe.

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So, that’s the base of the deliciousness that is your newest-favorite-weeknight-meal that I PINKY PROMISE that EVERYONE in your family that likes food is going to ask for on rep-EAT.


BUT THEN. Your mouth dives right into morsels of juicy, SUCCULENT (is that an awkward word? I feel like yes) beef and sinks through swirly flavor profiles of tomato! Mustard! Crunchy, tangy pickles!

Aaaand…CHEESE. Lots and lots of cheese.

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When we do “cheeseburger” we do CHEESEburger am I right friends?

I’m not even going to beat around the bush. When this recipe popped its comfort-food-like-but-still-SUPER-nutritious-and-wholesome self into my little brain space, I started to become concerned for my own thoughts.

Not the first time this has happened. You know this.

I thought that telling you that pizza quinoa was a thing made you judge me enough…and now here the thoughts were telling me to tell you that quinoa could also double as a CHEESEBURGER.

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Except with no bun. No grillin’. No ability to only use your hands and not utensils.

So when the flavors danced and mingled around my mouth, and basically SHOUTED “I TASTE LIKE OOEY-GOOEY CHEESY BURGER HEAVEN,” I knew that a second opinion was needed.

I would never want to tell you something without have SUBSTANTIAL evidence that it is, in fact, a FACT.

So, obviously the Hubonana to the rescue.

I was VERY VERY concerned about Mr. FFF’s reaction. Whenever I tell him that I made something-to-taste-like-something-but-its-not-actually-that-something (confusing?) he gets all “BUT IT’S NOT THAT THING SO HOW CAN I COMPARE.”

For example: he’s still trying to figure out the jalapeno popper chicken. “BUT HOW CAN I COMPARE CHICKEN TO A PEPPER I JUST DON’T KNOW.”

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His imagination: it needs some work.

AND AND AND, you GUYS, he AGREED that it was giving him all the same happy belly feelings that he gets when he munches through a real-life cheeseburger. RIGHT DOWN TO THE PICKLES. NO NON-IMAGATION ABILITY REQUIRED.

P.S: pickles in quinoa, it’s going to be the newest latest and greatest food trend of 2017. PREDICTION.

That might be a little bit of a stretch, but it’s what all the cool-food-eating-kids are doing for however long it takes you to read this post.

And, because I know that you want to continue on your quest to being the coolest-cat around, I am HIGHLY suggesting that you carry that over into your real-person life.

Cheeseburger quinoa: the latest champion of your east-weeknight-dinner-loving HEARTS.

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Cheeseburger Quinoa Recipe

Taylor Kiser
Cheeseburger Quinoa gives you everything you love about a cheeseburger. Plus a little healthy goodness!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 350.38 kcal


  • 2 Olive Oil
  • 0.5 Lean Ground Beef 93%
  • 0.5 Onion diced
  • 2 Garlic minced
  • 1 Low-Sodium Beef Broth plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tomato Paste
  • 0.5 Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 0.5 Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 0.5 Quinoa
  • 0.75 Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese 3 ounces
  • 0.25 Dill Pickles plus additional for garnish


Calories: 350.38kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 18.5gFat: 18.88gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.63gSodium: 693.5mgFiber: 3.13gSugar: 3.5g
Keyword Cheese, Easy, Easy Dinners, Ground Beef, Healthy, Healthy Eating, One Pot Meals, Quinoa, Simmered, Tomatoes
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