For the right consistency and an extra dash of tang, use a thick Greek yogurt for the cucumber sauce.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.

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  • 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.

  • Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties (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.

  • 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.

Cook's Notes

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

Reviews (7)

206 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 68
  • 3 star values: 52
  • 2 star values: 26
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: Unrated
06/12/2013
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!!!
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05/13/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/05/2012
Pulsed some cilantro into the greek yogurt instead of the suggested ingredients. It was amazingly refreshing.
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02/13/2012
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!
Rating: Unrated
11/15/2011
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!
Rating: Unrated
08/09/2011
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!
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06/03/2011
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.