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Skip the fixings, eat Amy's quinoa veggie burgers alone

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Amy's Sonoma quinoa burgers


Quinoa is a strange thing to like or dislike. For someone to say they dislike quinoa is like saying they don't like rice or grits. One is a seed, another is a grain and the last one is a ground corn, but none of the three are especially good or especially bad.

Quinoa, according to Merriam Webster, is "an annual herb (Chenopodium quinoa) of the goosefoot family that is native to the Andean highlands and is cultivated for its starchy seeds which are used as food and ground into flour."

The seeds are bland the same way tofu is bland, but they're a bit chewier and take on the texture of rice. Similar to tofu, when mixed into sauces or spices, both foods take off and make up the source of incredible vegan dishes.

So trying out Amy's Sonoma quinoa burgers was met with mixed views. Ignore the image on the box cover completely. There's no reason to add bread to quinoa. Maybe rolls or Hawaiian bread would be a nice treat if the quinoa veggie burgers with walnuts were crumbled up into a larger dish. But if consumers are eating the veggie burgers plain, just stick to it.

They take less than a few minutes to heat up in the oven and have the same soft, wholesome texture of quinoa boiled on a stove. However, the walnuts give the veggie burgers a little more weight to them, and it's easier to identify the nuttier taste than it is to identify the vegetables (mushrooms, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes).

Sea salt and garlic add a mild flavor to the burgers, but overall, they're still on the bland side. As with the seeds, the burgers aren't a hate-it-or-love-it decision. They're filling and healthy and an excellent choice for fiber. But they don't have the same mouth-watering appeal as other veggie burgers.

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