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Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers

For the right consistency, use a thick Greek yogurt. You can prepare (but not cook) the burgers up to a day ahead, and then cover and refrigerate until you're ready to use.

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  • Servings: 4
Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers

Source: Body+Soul, 2008

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in large chunks
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 15 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pitas (each 6 inches)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced diagonally

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quiona, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.

  2. In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half the scallions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.

  3. Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick paties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.

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

Reviews (48)

  • Andrewssarae 12 Jun, 2013

    These were by far the best veggie burgers I have ever eaten. I followed the recipe to the tee, and thought the cumin was just right. It's a must have with the sauce, so delish and tangy. Highly recommend, it is SO darn good!!!

  • mirandajane 13 May, 2013

    These were easy to form into patties and held together well, better than any other bean/ grain burger recipe I've tried. I ended up with 5 big burgers about an inch thick and 4" across. We're not big cumin fans so I reduced the cumin to 1/2 tsp and added dried oregano and dill. I also added garlic when I chopped the carrot. The flavor was similar to Falafel.

  • Eridep 5 Sep, 2012

    Pulsed some cilantro into the greek yogurt instead of the suggested ingredients. It was amazingly refreshing.

  • dnyms 13 Feb, 2012

    My family loved these! After reading the other comments, I reduced the cumin to 1t. and added 1t. oregano. I also tossed in some fresh spinach and some ground flaxseed, and added dill to the yogurt topping. I served a Greek salad on the side and we ended up stuffing the salad in the pita, too. It was a big hit!

  • nannyknowhow 15 Nov, 2011

    These were good! I added some flax seed and feta cheese to the burgers. As for the sauce, I added some dill to give it more flavor! When cooking I use pam sprayl, its healthier than using the oil! Would make again!

  • Selini 27 Dec, 2014

    There is nothing healthier than extra virgin olive oil….nothing. The Pam spray you use which you think is so healthy is a commercial product with god knows what chemicals or other unhealthy ingredients are in there….

  • geggers 22 Aug, 2011

    Very tasty and not too mushy like some pureed burgers that end up like baby food. Easy to substitute. I added a chopped portabello mushroom cap and walnuts. Also ended up using two eggs. Only used two scallions and less cumin than called for.. Bonus tip: if you use red quinoa instead of white, it ends up coming out looking more like the color of a burger.

  • saretteface 9 Aug, 2011

    I am always looking for new ways to get quinoa in my diet, and these are awesome! The Greek yogurt mixture was the perfect compliment to the flavor of the burgers. I will be making these again!

  • CherylLou 29 Jul, 2011

    Would love to see the nutritional infor for this recipe.

  • StephKay6 28 Jul, 2011

    Have to say this was amazing, and easy recipe. Made some for myself and my fiance, and he is the type that needs to have meat at every meal. He saw me making this and was sceptical that it would be good. He ate two burgers that night. And he ate another one the next night that I had froze for later. I was so amazed!!! Thank you, I will be using this recipe lots in the future.

  • ohtiff 15 Jun, 2011

    Pickey Eater Alert : My son just ate 3 "mini" burgers, and he will hardly eat ANYTHING. This is GREAT, and very flexible so can easily be made with many substitutions that you may have on hand.
    Example (what I did today) : Used butter beans ( didn't have great northern) ; added a handful of fresh spinach with the carrot; added a garlic clove ; a few onion slices ( in place of scallion ) -- crushed up crackers in place of breadcrumbs.... Wet hands are important for forming ! Delicious!!!

  • gitinoam 3 Jun, 2011

    I just made this for dinner and was very dissapointed. I thought this would be a great substitution for regular hamburgers- but no. Even though I put in half the amount of cumin I felt that it completely dominated the burger.

  • Tequira78 9 Mar, 2011

    I just made this recipe and loved it! A few substitutions though. First, I didn't have eggs, so I mixed 2 1/2 tbsp pre-ground flax, with 1 tbsp water, whisking vigorously with a fork in a small glass. Second, instead of the great northern beans, I used what was on hand..Black Beans, rinsed and refrigerated from the night before. I only used half of a 15 oz. can, too. These patties were delicious! I also used full fat greek style yoghurt.

  • stephmonster87 8 Feb, 2011

    This looks yummy! Im going to try it with this hummus recipe I found

    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/appetizers/chipotle-lime...

  • BEACHYOGI515 14 Jul, 2010

    Joden, you can find nonfat greek yogurt at Fresh Market, or Whole Foods if you have one close to home.

  • BEACHYOGI515 14 Jul, 2010

    Joden, you can find nonfat greek yogurt at Fresh Market, or Whole Foods if you have one close to home.

  • BEACHYOGI515 6 Jul, 2010

    I used my own homemade guacamole instead on the greek yogurt, and used whole wheat pita. Still absoloutely delicious, but with less calories!!

  • BEACHYOGI515 6 Jul, 2010

    I used my own homemade guacamole instead on the greek yogurt, and used whole wheat pita. Still absoloutely delicious, but with less calories!!

  • bellaflor7 27 May, 2010

    This recipe was delicious! I made smaller patties and served with hummus to add another sauce. Had it for lunch and my husband ate it all up!

  • dontgivup 19 May, 2010

    This was an excellent sandwich. Calories figure out to be329 when divided into 4 patties. Too big! 220 calories when divided by 6. I wish all recipes had nutritional info also. Pita buns were my choice, easier to eat the burger. This added 100 calories. MmMm good!

  • starglowfading 14 May, 2010

    Depending on what brands you use, this could be as much as 753 calories per serving, according to the recipe analyzer on CalorieCount.about.com. I'm sure it's delicious, but that's a lot for something you guys are putting in a Natural Living and essentially "health" magazine.

  • Dawn422 14 May, 2010

    For my family's first dinner with quinoa, these burgers went over pretty well. I used cannellini beans, which worked fine. I had no trouble forming the patties as described in the recipe. The yogurt sauce was tasty (got the Greek variety at Trader Joe's), and with the whole wheat pitas, it was a dinner I felt good serving.

  • teresawaggener 11 May, 2010

    What is the nutritional value? Thanks.

  • Siobain 19 Apr, 2010

    I hadn't heard of great northern beans, so added kidney beans instead. The burgers were delicious....... also added the quinoa after blitzing.

  • Siobain 19 Apr, 2010

    I hadn't heard of great northern beans, so added kidney beans instead. The burgers were delicious....... also added the quinoa after blitzing.

  • mmmorgans 10 Apr, 2010

    To veganize this recipe replace the egg with 1 tbsp flax powder 3 tbsps water, sub nutrional yeast for the parmesan. Use soy yogurt of tofu for the sauce/dip

  • greenecogal 16 Mar, 2010

    Loved this! Im obsessed with Quinoa, heres a quick on to go recipe http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/vegetable-a-side-dishes/...

  • mollsk928 2 Mar, 2010

    These were delish! I too added the quinoa after processing the other ingredients, and I also addes some fresh parsley, minced garlic, and dried coriander to the mix. Also added some parsley and S

  • mollsk928 2 Mar, 2010

    These were delish! I too added the quinoa after processing the other ingredients, and I also addes some fresh parsley, minced garlic, and dried coriander to the mix. Also added some parsley and S

  • Nalii 11 Sep, 2009

    This is a great recipe! My family loved it! I added quinoa after I put it through the food processor, added more bread crumbs and refrigerated before making into patties and they stayed together perfectly!

  • hans1167 21 Jul, 2009

    I had trouble getting the burger to stick together, but it was just as good as a "filling."

  • thecupcakegoddess 27 Mar, 2009

    I love these! They are so delicious! A regular healthy favorite at our house. The burgers never quite stick together as burgers, so I just cook the mixture in the skillet and fill the pitas. I use a fluffier pita that is sealed and bake them until they are a little crispy then I put the quinoa mixture on top and eat it like a gyro rolled in flatbread. Yummy, yummy!

  • rarrie 23 Feb, 2009

    A coffee filter works better than a paper towel.

  • k8shivers 18 Feb, 2009

    I found it better to finely shred the carrot using my food processor. These are really good patties!

  • wendyake 25 Jan, 2009

    you can drain regular yogurt in a paper towel lined collander suspended above a bowl (to catch the liquid that drains) and it will give you the equivalent texture of greek yogurt.....it's also a good way to make a ranch salad dressing without all the fatty mayo...

  • tamara1227 17 Jan, 2009

    I didn't make this recipe because I am not really crazy for the quiona. So I grilled some turkey cutlets on my stovetop grill (no added oil) and placed them into the wheat pita bread. My store didn't carry greek yogurt either so I picked up some plain non-fat yogurt and added the rest of the ingredients. My family like them.

  • EMaile 15 Jan, 2009

    lcosen5: did you add the olive oil to the quinoa mix? I am puzzled why they were runny. I did not add oil to anything but the pan to cook them (2TBSP) and they definitely needed to cook for 8-10 min, even though I made mine smaller. They really sucked up the oil.

  • lcosen5 14 Jan, 2009

    I thought these were delicious! My husband liked it too. I ate it a day late because they took me too long to make and they were too runny so I refrigerated them overnight. They were still mushy the next day and fell apart in the pan but they still tasted good. The recipe didn't say how much oil to use in the pan to cook them.

  • EMaile 11 Jan, 2009

    I just made them with 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs instead of the suggested breadcrumbs; sooo tasty! We also made them into small patties, about 2-2.5 inches wide. We are saving this recipe. Now I can have them on my salad tomorrow for lunch during the challenge.

  • webster249 17 Sep, 2008

    The burgers were delicious, but came out a bit too moist and kept falling apart. Next time, I'll try 1/2 cup of breadcrumb instead and make sure not to blend the ingredients too much. That should help.

  • laluxe 24 Jul, 2008

    I couldn't find any quinoa and found that cous-cous can be substituted, so I used that...I really didn't like it all, and it was awful with the yogurt. Maybe I should try to find quinoa from a health food store, and that would be better? I don't think I'll try to make this again though.

  • trying2b 20 May, 2008

    there are greek yogurts that are sold in regular supermarkets .. oikos and fage are 2 .. but trader joe's is by far tastier and cheaper than the others . it comes in fat free and is full of protein . love the recipes but wish the nutrional value was listed for each .

  • trying2b 20 May, 2008

    there are greek yogurts that are sold in regular supermarkets .. oikos and fage are 2 .. but trader joe's is by far tastier and cheaper than the others . it comes in fat free and is full of protein . love the recipes but wish the nutrional value was listed for each .

  • Juliestroh 19 May, 2008

    Joden, Trader Joe's has a great non-fat greek style yogart if you have one near by.

  • Juliestroh 19 May, 2008

    Joden, Trader Joe's has a great non-fat greek style yogart if you have one near by.

  • Barbara1243 19 May, 2008

    Joden...
    If you can find "Liberty Mediterranean Plain Yogurt", it may be full-fat, but for the small amount you'll be using on a burger, it is absolutely fabulous...the best yogurt I've ever tasted and well worth the calories.

  • Barbara1243 19 May, 2008

    Doesn't anyone proof-read the recipes before adding them to the website?
    This recipe needs editing...

  • joden 19 May, 2008

    I have never found the Greek nonfat yogurt. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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