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?

33 Comments on Quinoa Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

  1. HappyWhenNotHungry
    December 16, 2010 at 9:59 am (10 years ago)

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

  2. Liz @ lizrunsdc
    December 16, 2010 at 10:19 am (10 years ago)

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

  3. Ashleigh
    December 16, 2010 at 10:51 am (10 years ago)

    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. Vicki
    December 16, 2010 at 11:25 am (10 years ago)

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

  5. Monica
    December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm (10 years ago)

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

  6. Fitegic Planners
    December 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm (10 years ago)

    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. thekitchenbitch
    December 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm (10 years ago)

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

  8. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    December 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm (10 years ago)

    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 :).

  9. indeeskitchen
    December 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm (10 years ago)

    Those look really, really good!!

  10. Caroline
    December 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm (10 years ago)

    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.

  11. sarahsscrumptioussamplings
    December 16, 2010 at 11:32 pm (10 years ago)

    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.

  12. jen
    December 17, 2010 at 6:15 am (10 years ago)

    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 🙂


  13. amyreinink
    December 17, 2010 at 11:55 am (10 years ago)

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

  14. Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon
    December 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm (10 years ago)

    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 🙂

    • Beth
      December 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm (10 years ago)

      aww yay! let me know how they turn out!

  15. Marian Schembari
    January 4, 2011 at 4:34 am (10 years ago)

    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!

  16. snackgirlgoeshealthy
    January 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm (10 years ago)

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

  17. Jacy
    February 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm (10 years ago)

    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!

  18. Fairchild
    July 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm (8 years ago)

    I just made these and put one on a sandwich thin because I can never find pitas at my grocery store. These are very reminiscent of a falafel! They would be great in a pita.

    Thanks for the recipe!


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