Greek-style Quinoa Burgers

My husband and I LOVE this quinoa burger recipe! It’s so cool and refreshing with the cucumbers and zesty Greek yogurt dressing. It is also an amazingly healthy meatless recipe jam packed with fiber and protein. Guaranteed to delight meat eaters (my husband) and vegetarians alike.

Quinoa Burger Ingredients
½ cup rinsed quinoa
1 medium carrot, chopped into large chunks
6 thinly sliced green onions
15 oz cooked great northern beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup Japanese panko bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 Tbsp ground cumin
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt (Fage is my favorite)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
4 whole wheat pitas
½ English cucumber, thinly sliced

In a small saucepan, bring ¾ cup water to a boil; add rinsed quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until the liquid is absorbed (11-13 minutes) and set aside. In a large food processor, pulse carrot until it is finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half of the sliced green onions, beans, panko bread crumbs, egg, cumin, 1 tsp sea salt and ¼ tsp ground black pepper and pulse until combined yet still slightly chunky. Form quinoa mixture into four ¾-inch thick patties (dip hands into cold water to prevent sticking). Place patties into a shallow bowl of panko bread crumbs, flip over to coat entire patty with bread crumbs. Place panko covered patties into the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes – 1 hour. In a large non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, cook burgers until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes per side.

To make the yogurt dressing, combine yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest and the remaining sliced green onions in a small bowl. Season with sea salt and ground pepper to taste.

Serve burgers in whole wheat pitas, topped with yogurt dressing and sliced cucumbers.


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