January 31, 2014

greek quinoa burgers with yogurt sauce

The other night I made an oldie but a goodie from my recipe arsenal: Greek Quinoa Burgers with Yogurt Sauce. I posted the recipe a couple of years ago on my old food blog but I am reposting it here since it's so yummy and healthy! Definitely one of my favorite vegetarian recipes!
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
1 medium carrot, cut in chunks
6 scallions, thinly sliced
15 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 pitas (each 6 inches)
1 cucumber, sliced thinly (diagonally)
2 tomatoes, sliced thinly

In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes) and set aside.

In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half the scallions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, salt and pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.

Form mixture into six patties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking - if too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm). In a large nonstick skillet (or a griddle - which is what I do and it's so much faster!), heat oil over medium- high heat. Cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, and the remaining scallions and season with salt and pepper. Serve burgers in warmed pita topped with cucumber, tomato and yogurt sauce.


  1. Never ever thought of a quinoa burger. Doesn't sound too bad, though!
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