Recipe: Spent Grain BBQ Burgers - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Spent Grain BBQ Burgers

Updated on March 12, 2016

Recipe: Spent Grain BBQ Burgers

Burgers are as much of a tradition in America as rock and roll, hot rods, and, well, burgers. And while some of us here at the Brew Shop swear by half-pound hunks of beef, bloody and topped with bacon, others prefer less guilt-inducing veggie alternatives.

So, with that in mind, our spent grain chef went to work creating this meatless masterpiece - a burger alternative that's sure to satisfy your cravings without clogging your arteries.



  • 1 cup spent grain, wet (or Dried Spent Grain re-hydrated with 1/2 cup hot water)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • olive oil


  1. In a bowl combine spent grain, quinoa, eggs, salt, and barbeque sauce with a fork until eggs are broken up and mixture becomes cohesive. Stir in breadcrumbs.
  2. Heat a cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat and add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Because the consistency is so moist, it's helpful to scoop the mixture into the hot skillet, and use a spatula to form into rounds.
  3. Let cook undisturbed for 5-8 minutes on one side, until bottom is golden brown and the burger can be easily moved. Flip and repeat on the other side. Makes about 8 sliders.