I realize the phrase “quinoa burger” might not exactly instill confidence in a ravenous crew, but you haven’t had my hearty Mediterranean Quinoa Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta yet! Impressively high in protein and fiber and flaunting some serious Mediterranean flavor flair, these powerhouse patties are fresh, filling, and exactly the meal you should make this week.
My biggest, erm, beef with most of the veggie burger recipes I’ve tried is that they are so inexcusably meh.
If a recipe makes the sacred claim of being a “burger,” it best live up to the designation: a mighty-flavored, two-handed, can’t-stop-won’t-stop affair.
Not only does today’s Quinoa Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta honor the title of Burger, but it shines above any restaurant veggie burger you’ve tasted.
These veggie burgers’ texture is hearty but not dry, they’re packed with fresh ingredients, and not a single bite of my burger tasted anywhere close to meh.
Along with being filling and flavorful, these easy quinoa burgers don’t fall apart during cooking, another one of my top veggie burger peeves.
Since making this recipe does involve the food processor (a sacrifice I do not take lightly and promise will be worth the time you spend hauling it out, then washing it), I like to take advantage of the burgers’ freezer-friendly quality and make a double batch.
About this Quinoa Burger Recipe
The base of the quinoa burgers is a thee-way combo of cooked quinoa, chickpeas, and oats, blended together in the food processor. This trifecta is loaded with protein and fiber, meaning these quinoa burgers are poised to keep you full from lunch to dinner.
Once the base is blended, these quinoa burgers are ready to be amped up with your choice of ingredients. I took a little trip to the Mediterranean, folding in tangy sun-dried tomatoes, chunks of salty feta, and plenty of fresh basil and parsley. (If you love the sound of these ingredients, you need to try this Mediterranean Shrimp too!)
A few minutes of lightly pan-frying in olive oil leaves the outsides of the quinoa burgers lightly crispy and the insides soft but not at all mushy, a necessary and delicate balance in the veggie burger world.
Though the quinoa veggie burger patties are nice on their own and will do well if you are in a hurry (I top mine with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt when I need a fast and furious lunch), they reach their max flavor potential topped with a bright combo of diced tomatoes, olives, and herbs.
Extra feta cheese is likewise encouraged.
If you are looking for vegan quinoa burgers, I haven’t played around with swapping the egg called for in this quinoa burger recipe with a flax egg yet, but I think it could be worth an experiment (you’ll also need to omit the feta).
More Delicious Burger Recipes
- Super Food Vegan Black Bean Burger
- Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
- Avocado Burger with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
- Breakfast Burger
- Green Chile Grilled Chicken Burgers
Recommended Tools to Make Quinoa Burgers
- Food processor
- Cast iron skillet: This one is pictured and I love it; this is another good-quality option.