Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers
Quinoa burgers are the perfect healthy vegetarian dinner! These burgers are out-of-this-world delicious, packed full of nutrition, and you won't even miss the meat!
- 1/2 cup quinoa rinsed and drained
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 1/2 cups Great Northern Beans canned, or soaked and cooked (I've also substituted Navy beans and White Kidney Beans successfully)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs or oat flour to make them gluten-free
- 1 large egg
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder or smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- oil for pan-frying olive oil works well
Bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil in a small pot. Add the quinoa. Cook the quinoa on low for about 12 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove the quinoa from the heat, fluff it with a fork and set it aside to cool almost to room temperature.
Add the carrots, green onions, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until everything is very finely chopped. Add the beans, cumin, chili powder (or paprika), salt, bread crumbs, egg and half the quinoa and pulse again until all the ingredients are well combined.
Remove the mixture from the food processor to a bowl and add the remaining quinoa. Stir the mixture well.
Form the mixture into patties (the recipe makes about 6-8, depending upon the size of the patties you form) and fry in a bit of olive oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. You'll have to fry them for about 5-6 minutes per side, but it's a good idea to watch them carefully since every pan is different.
Once they're cooked through, remove them to a plate to cool slightly before serving.
These burgers are best served in pita bread instead of a traditional hamburger bun. I serve them in pitas with fresh organic greens and slathered in homemade tzatziki sauce with some sliced veggies on the side.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3662IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg