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What’s For Dinner? Quinoa Burgers


Quinoa Burgers

Meatless Monday:  Quinoa Burgers 

We have implemented Meatless Mondays in our house, and I have to say I really enjoy doing this! There is a bit of pressure off of meal making on this day. No meat to remember to take out of the freezer.  No magic timing on the BBQ. 

Although, I must confess this recipe is not that simple.  But it is delicious! Even the kids liked it (minus the baby, but what else is new on that front?!). It is a keeper!  The flavour is amazing, but they are really, really crumbly. So you could make them as burgers, or you could wrap them up in a pita. Equally yummy (I had them for lunch the next day as a pita!)

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Quinoa Burgers

  • Yield: 4 1x


Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour for refrigeration. Cooking time: About 10 minutes.


  • 2 cups cooked Quinoa (cook according to package directions)
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 small zucchini (grated)
  • 1 carrot (grated)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 12 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • tzatziki sauce


  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • onions and whatever you like!


  1. In a food processor, pulse the shredded zucchini and shredded carrots, until crumbly. Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In the food processor, pulse the mushrooms until they are crumbly. You can transfer them over to the bowl of zucchini and carrots.
  3. In a fry pan, heat up some oil, then cook onions and garlic until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  4. Then add the mix of mushrooms, zucchini, and carrots to the fry pan with the onions & garlic. Cook until all the liquid disappears. About 10-15 minutes.
  5. Then, in the food processor, pulse the chickpeas until they are crumbly.
  6. In a bowl, mix together bread crumbs and egg. Add chickpea mix. Combine.
  7. Add mushroom mix to the breadcrumb/chickpea mix. Salt & pepper to taste. Combine.
  8. Add cooked quinoa. Combine.
  9. Refrigerate mix for about 1 hour.

After the mix is done cooling:

  1. In a clean fry pan, heat up about 2-3 tbsp oil.
  2. Shape your mix into patties.
  3. Cook in fry pan about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve on whole grain buns with tzatziki sauce, and all the burger trimmings: lettuce, tomato, onions.
  5. Or wrap up in a whole wheat tortilla with the tzatziki sauce and trimmings.

So delish!  I know the recipe looks complicated, but really it isn’t!  The food processor does all the work!

Have a delicious day!

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    June 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Fantastic! they look yummy and your photo is glorious! (weird – I had quinoa last night . . .)

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    June 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    We eat waaay to much meat (its my husbands fault haha) I am thinking we need to do something like this around our house as well. Hmmm these looks JUST like a turkey burger..maybe I will make them and just not mention that they are meatless! They sound so good and healthy!

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    June 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    This is such a healthful and delicious looking burger. I’m sure it tastes just as wonderful. Can’t wait to make it.


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    Alana of Taylor Made Home
    June 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    I would love to implement meatless mondays at my house as well. Would probably help lower to grocery budget as much as it would shrink our waistlines. I love that this burger only calls fo a few easily accessible ingredients.

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    Alana of Taylor Made Home
    June 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    June 28, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    I love veggie burgers but have yet to find a good homemade recipe – I tried one of Mark Bittman’s and it was awful 😉 Will have to try this!

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    Kiwi Circus
    June 28, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    Everyday is meatless Monday for us. I’m horrified to think about how much we spend on veggie burgers but every recipe I’ve found seemed to complicated or the cost of the supplies outweighed the savings. We eat a lot of quinoa and have at least 3 of it from an awesome deal we got on Amazon… I’m going to have to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    June 28, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    I so wanted a quinoa burger recipe – how did you know 🙂
    Anyway, I can’t wait to try it. Thankyou.

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    Meg Beugg
    June 28, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna, I am new to your blog and I’m enjoying it. These quinoa burgers look great. I’ve read through the recipe four times and I think it is missing the step of when to add the quinoa. Do you add it at the end, right before refrigerating?

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    June 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Accckk! Thank you so much Meg! I fixed the recipe! You are right, the quinoa should be added right before the refrigeration part!
    Have a great week!

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    Kirsten @ Mushki Loves
    June 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Oh gosh! I’m going to have to try this too! Looks Delish!

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    Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb
    June 29, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    Oh yum! I have been looking for recipes with quinoa- there are NOt many- I just started cooking with it- I will try your recipe! I’d love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would make a great addition to the party!

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    Debra Daniels-Zeller
    June 29, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    I make quinoa fritters all the time and they are something like this. I’ve never tried it with chickpeas but it sounds fabulous. Love this vegetarian entree!

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    Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee)
    June 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Stunning picture and great recipe!It looks so yummy! I love the blog tittle. Thanks for sharing!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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    June 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    This sounds {and looks} wonderful. I’m always looking for new ways to get away from meat and I love quinoa. Thanks so much for sharing.


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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks
    June 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    How delicious! Those burgers sound wonderful and I love your pretty picture. Meatless Monday sounds like a good idea to me. We try to go meatless once a week also, but we don’t have a set day for it. Thanks for coming by to share your recipe!

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    Bliss Buffet
    July 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    What a gorgeous photo! That looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

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    January 18, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    How many burgers the recipe makes?
    Looks delicious!

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