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Monday, April 14, 2014

Greek Quinoa Burgers

Hey all!  Happy Monday!  Thank GOD the weather is staring to warm up.  I've been such a slacker on running lately, but this gorgeous weather has inspired me to get back to it.

But anyways, I talked last week about getting my sh*t together as far as being more organized, and so far, it has worked out really well.  I planned for 3 meals, bought all of my groceries on Monday, and tackled the rest of my list the following days.  Having it all laid out in front of me helped tremendously.

One of the things I made last week were these delicious Greek Quinoa Burgers. I found the recipe here. If you like falafel, you will definitely love these.  I wouldn't necessarily say that this recipe is "easy," but it's honestly hard to mess up.... and that's a lot coming from me.  I'm trying to slow my roll on meat, so this is an awesome choice for "Meatless Mondays."

Here is what you need:


Prep Work:

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.




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.



Next, make your yogurt sauce and slice your cucumbers. 

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, and the remaining scallions; season with salt and pepper. Slice your cucumber in half, then make long slices that will fit well inside the pita.

Now, cover your patty mixture in some cling wrap and throw it in the fridge.  Let it chill for about 15 minutes or longer.  The longer you let it cool, the easier it is to form the patties.

Cooking:

Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side. These patties still need another 5 minutes or so.


Plating/Garnishing:

Throw your burger, cucumber (and optional lettuce) in a pita and coat with delicious yogurt sauce.  Your end product should look something like this.



That's all for now!  Let me know if you try them, and if you made any changes.

8 comments :

  1. That sounds delicious, and perfect for a meatless meal.

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  2. these look delish! might have to try them :)

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  3. Yummy!! Would you husband's family be impressed with your authentic Greek cooking skills or what?! ;)

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  4. YUM!!! I love that its in a pita wrap - makes it that much better!

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  5. I've never made anything with quinoa before, but I really like and hope to try to make these burgers soon!

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  6. This sounds really good. Thanks for the share! I'm hosting a swap that benefits mental health awareness - stop by to sign up!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  7. Yum! I pinned it for my meatless meals. I did a similar one with burgers the other week and it was so good, this would be perfect addition to my Mondays!

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  8. This looks great! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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