Quinoa Burger

— by Viviana Gonz├ílez De Marco-Schapiro

Quinoa is a rich food, containing all eight amino acids essential for humans. For the same reason, it is easy to digest. When cooked, quinoa has a nut-like flavor.

Roasted quinoa may be eaten as grains, added to a soup, cereals or pasta, ground into flour, boiled, or even fermented for beer. (Quinoa beer is a traditional drink of the Andes.) However, Quinoa also makes a great basis for a meatless summer burger.

Full recipe after the jump.
Qiunoa Burger


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 scallions, chopped into cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup steamed kale, chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Cook the quinoa in a medium saucepan over low heat. Use 1 cup quinoa for 3 cups of water.
  2. Once the quinoa is tender and has absorbed all of the water (about 20 minutes), cool it to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the cooked quinoa, eggs, Parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, salt, steamed kale, and breadcrumbs.
  4. Let the mixture stand for a few minutes, and then knead the burgers to the desired shape and size.
  5. In a large skillet, over a medium-low flame, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, and then cook half of the burgers. (Do not saturate the pan.)
  6. Leave the burgers on the fire for 7-10 minutes, until toasted on both sides.
  7. Remove the first group of burgers, and let them stand on a plate with paper towels, to absorb excess oil. Repeat the process with the next group.
  8. Serve hot.

Optional Toppings: avocado, cilantro, lime juice, green sauce or garlic oil.

Viviana González De Marco-Schapiro is the creator of La Cocina de Viviana, where she teaches Argentinian cooking.

Burger.org and Chicken.org

534 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

326 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sunday-Thursday: 11AM to 10PM
Friday: 11AM to 4PM (Summer) 10AM to 2PM (Winter)

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An Embarrassment Of Kosher Riches On South Street

— by Ronit Treatman

Finally, kosher and organic can go on a date!  I was strolling down South Street, when I stumbled upon Burger.org. and Chicken.org.  “Glatt Kosher” was painted in large letters on the windows.  Of course I had to try them both!  I discovered two places where the standard for both kashrut and food quality meet the expectations of a Higher Authority.  

I stepped into the Burger.org restaurant, and was immediately taken by the stylish hardwood floors, granite countertops, and eye popping accent colors.  This place is definitely fun!  The free-range organic meat is imported from Uruguay.  I was impressed with the perfectly cooked to order, juicy lamb burger I had selected, served with a generous portion of French fries.  You can order free-range beef, chicken, and turkey patties.  They also have wild catch fish and vegetarian burgers.  You could go with their selection of sandwiches, hummus, fries, and salads as well. Soon, it will be possible to have the total soda fountain experience.  In about a week, Burger.org will begin serving pareve milk shakes and ice cream.  If for any reason you become disgruntled while dining here, you can have the experience of the electronics customers in the You Don’t Mess With The Zohan movie.  You can cross the street and get your dinner at the competing kosher establishment: Chicken.org.

More after the jump.
Chicken.org is owned by the same gentlemen who brought us Burger.org.  Eyal Aranya and Yoni Nadav were inspired to establish these restaurants because of their love of good food. They have gained two toeholds in Society Hill.  At Chicken.org I sampled Israeli influenced rotisserie chicken and schnitzel.  They were moist and perfectly seasoned.  I was impressed with the colorful, crunchy selection of Middle Eastern salads, freshly prepared on the premises.  Chicken.org is a miniature version of Burger.org.  If there is a large party, and some people want chicken and others prefer burgers, Burger.org will accommodate all the diners.  

Burger.org and Chicken.org are very stringent in their adherence of the laws of kashrut.  They each have an on-site mashgiach, Rabbi Dov A. Brisman.  Their Kosher Certification is from The Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia.    For those who have very observant relatives, or would rather let someone else do the cooking, a glatt kosher Rosh Hashanah catering menu will be available shortly.  

As I ate my lamb burger, I looked around the restaurant and took in the atmosphere.  There was a table full of teenagers from USY.  Middle-aged couples were enjoying an evening out on the town.  An attractive young couple may have been out on their first date.  Next time you make plans to go out, you don’t have to choose.  You can find kosher, and organic, and delicious!