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Quinoa Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

My first full day on the new Weight Watchers system was quite a success! The one thing I didn’t get in was exercise because I planned to get in a workout after work, but my friend Rachel called who I haven’t seen in ages and wanted to meet up. She lives about an hour away and was in town for something, so instead we went to Target together since that was on both our lists. Otherwise, I stayed totally on points without even trying really, and didn’t deviate too much from my regular eating plan besides being a bit more conscious, weighing and measuring serving sizes, avoiding the candy machine at the front of my office like the plague, and drinking lots of water.

Here was my menu for yesterday:

  • Breakfast: Heat n Eat Steel Cut Oats (1/4 cup of dried oats = 4 pts) with 2 tbsp peanut flour (1 pt) and a banana (0 pts)
  • Lunch: Large Sweet Potato (4 pts) microwaved, with 1/2 cup black beans (2 pts), salsa (0 pts), and a salad of mixed greens (0 pts) with 1 tbsp sliced almonds (1 pt)
  • Snack 1: Oikos honey greek yogurt (3 pts) and an orange (0 pts)
  • Snack 2: Light String Cheese (2 pts)
  • Dinner: Quinoa Burger (6 pts) cooked in 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt) on an english muffin (3 pts) with cucumbers (0 pts) sprouts (0 pts) and yogurt sauce (1 pt).
  • Dessert: 1/2 cup of snow cream (3 pts) – which was really tasty, by the way

Not bad, eh?

And now, for a new recipe…

Quinoa Burgers with Yogurt Sauce (Printable Recipe Here)

These burgers are vegetarian, simple, and absolutely delicious. Here’s what you need.

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For the burgers:

  • 1 carrot
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping cup Cannellini Beans (or any bean)
  • Salt and Pepper

First, put 3/4 a cup of water on to boil, add the quinoa, and lower the heat and cover for 12 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. While the quinoa is cooking, prep all your other ingredients. Chop up the scallions, peel and chop the carrot, beat the egg, and measure out your spices.

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Next, process the carrots until they are ground up pretty well.

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Then add in the beans and pulse a few times until they are broken up but still chunky.

By now, your quinoa should be done cooking with all the liquid absorbed.

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Add to that pot (off the heat) the carrot and bean mixture, the scallions, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, salt, and pepper.

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Mix until well combined.

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Doesn’t that look like ground turkey?? Scary.

Now it’s time to make the burgers. If the mixture is a little soft, you can put it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm it up. Otherwise, form into 4 patties.

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I froze two of these at this stage, and then put one in the fridge for sometime soon, and cooked one for dinner last night.

To cook, heat up 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan, and add in your quinoa burger.

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Flatten it so its no more than 1 inch thick because it needs to cook through because of the raw egg. Cook over medium for about 5 minutes a side, and flip once brown and crispy.

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I made a quick yogurt sauce to go with it, by combining 1/4 cup greek yogurt, the juice of half a lemon, 1 scallion, and a touch of salt and pepper.

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It was delicious and a great, easy (1 pt) sauce that you can use to top a lot of different things if you’re looking for a tzatziki-esque sauce.

I served my quinoa burger on a toasted english muffin with some sprouts and cucumbers, and of course, a heavy dollop of the sauce.

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The english muffin was a little small for the burger, so next time I’d probably make 2 smaller patties and have them openface for the same number of points.

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Points aside, this burger was amazing. The quinoa gets a little crunchy from pan frying it and the flavor is spot on. These are delicious for a meat eater or not, and the sauce works perfectly against the cumin flavor in the burger.

After this post, I might have to have this again for dinner rather than my black bean enchiladas as planned. Yum.

What is your favorite kind of burger? Have you ever made veggie burgers at home?

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32 Responses

  1. These veggies burgers look amazing! I’ve never made them at home, but this recipe looks pretty straightforward. Thanks for sharing!

  2. mmm those look amazing and must have tons of protein! definitely going to make these asap.

  3. I am getting a food processor for christmas and i’m pretty sure this is going to be my first thing to make! Love the addition of quinoa

  4. That looks really yummy, like a healthier version of falafel!

  5. Favorite kind of burger is a black & blue – medium done beef hamburger with blue cheese crumbles mixed within.

  6. You are definitely the bomb when it comes to the kitchen these sound great – but I’d have to sub for the breadcrumbs as I can’t have gluten. Thanks – and you pics are superb!

  7. The quinoa burgers look awesome! Might have to try that out.

  8. Quinoa burgers are a cool idea! Quinoa really is so versatile!

  9. Glad to hear that WW seems to be working so far – and I’d never think of making quinoa burgers, though they look mighty tasty. I have a recipe for spinach-chickpea burgers that I love – mostly because of the amount of cumin in it :).

  10. Those look really, really good!!

  11. Those burgers look so good…I am totally going to make them! I also loved reading your post on the new Weight Watchers…it makes me wonder if I should join.

  12. Those patties look amazing, girl!
    Way to go 😀

  13. Those burgers look amazing! I really like the Boca original vegan burgers. I want to try to make my own veggie/bean burgers sometime but I get lazy after work and the gym that heating up the Boca burgers are so much easier.

  14. Those look SO good!!! I’m going to make a batch of these and put them in the freezer, way better than buying frozen veggie burgers 🙂

    Jen

  15. That looks INCREDIBLE! I’d never thought to use quinoa in a veggie burger … trying this ASAP!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe–I was hunting for a veggie burger recipe I can make tonight for my lunches for the next couple days, and this is definitely going to be the one!

    Happy holidays 🙂

  17. […] until the water is absorbed – about 15 minutes. One of my favorite recipes of the year is my Quinoa Burgers, followed closely by the veggie quinoa salad with honey lime […]

  18. Hey lady!

    I just came across your blog the other day and I’m adooorrrring it. You have a ton of creative recipes on here and I made these burgers tonight! Me and my veggie boyfriend (and his non veggie parents) LOVED them. The perfect crunch from the quinoa and paired with all the burger trimmings? Define.

    Thanks so much for posting and you can bet your ass I’ll be back! I bought some spinach for a green monster for tomorrow… Wish me luck!

  19. […] the spirit of random thought Wednesday, I had one of my quinoa burgers for dinner last night and it was amazing. I had frozen 2 of them when I made that first batch, and […]

  20. Thanks for the dinner for tommorow night! I’m so excited to try these!

  21. […] Earlier this week, I stumbled upon this recipe for quinoa burgers over at Beth’s Journey and a I felt compelled to jot down the ingredients and actually […]

  22. […] by Thursday that I just stopped cooking for a couple of days. It was fun to try a new recipe (enter quinoa burgers), although I believe there was a slight mix up among unlabeled spices in the pantry…which […]

  23. I made these last night and they by far are the best vegetarian burgers I’ve made/had yet. The crunch was the best part,or maybe it was the flavor… definitely a great recipe!

  24. […] enjoyed my sweet potato with some quinoa…     QUINOA BEAN BURGERS   Click here for the recipe at Beth’s Journey. I followed it exactly, except I used a smaller amount of cumin and added some garlic salt instead […]

  25. […] used Beth’s unique and wonderful recipe for quinoa burgers, but I substituted mashed chickpeas for cannellini […]

  26. […] you can do a perfectly fine quinoa soak in 15 minutes. However, if you know you’re going to cook quinoa burgers for dinner, start your soak much earlier in the day. Soaking is really important for everything […]

  27. […] Yummy food you make: Quinoa Burgers are my favorite lunch/dinner recipe, and the skillet soufflé is my favorite […]

  28. […] Quinoa – found this recipe I’m going to […]

  29. […] I watched some Rachel Zoe for entertainment which was a plus!  Tuesday night dinner was Beth’s Quinoa Bean Burgers. Jason just loved these when I made them a few weeks ago, and I had some cooked quinoa in the […]

  30. Beth these look awesome!!!

    I need to make these!

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