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Greek Quinoa Burgers

March 30, 2014

One thing I did not anticipate when I moved out of my parent’s house was having to feed myself. Don’t get me wrong, somewhere in the back of my mind I knew it was true but I guess I managed to suppress those thoughts. Yes, I realize I am 24 years old AND a food blogger. I did successfully manage to survive living on my own for 5 years so those skills are there, but there’s something about moving back into your parents home that causes you to regress.  Greek Quinoa BurgersAs you know I love to bake, but part of the reason why I used to post so many baked goods was because my parents were feeding me meals. I should clarify that by “feeding me” I am referring to my Mom’s awesome cooking and my Dad’s fabulous chauffeur skills to one of our 3 spots: Burger Shack, Tabbouleh or Churassco (miss you!).  But now I’m on my own and not just feeding myself, but that 6’3 dude who supposedly shares my space. It’s forced me to cook more meals and in the process I’ve discovered that I actually kind of love it. It also works in my favour because I cook and C takes care of absolutely everything else around the apartment. Fair deal, right? I think so… Greek Quinoa Burgers 2Lucky for me, C puts up with my insistence that we eat our veggies and fish and doesn’t get mad at me when I tell him a cookie is unhealthy when in reality it’s gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, made of air etc…Moral of the story is, think you hate cooking? Give it another shot! You can’t live off Mommy and Daddy’s cooking forever (says the girl who had her Mom drop fish off at her apartment yesterday…shhhhhh).


Greek Quinoa Burgers

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Yields: 10 burgers


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (any colour), cooled completely (1 cup uncooked)
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (not in oil)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Place in refrigerator to cool faster.
  2. Add cucumber to a food processor and process until completely broken up.
  3. Add in red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and parsley and pulse several times.
  4. Add in chickpeas and process until it all comes together into a sticky mixture.
  5. Add quinoa, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Process until mixture can easily be rolled into balls (about 40 seconds).
  6. Divide and roll into 10 balls.
  7. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add coconut oil or olive oil.
  8. Place several burgers in pan an flatten slightly with palm.
  9. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until outside is crispy.
  10. Serve warm on it’s own or on a bun.
  11. Will keep for several days in refrigerator.

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Do you enjoy cooking or do you make yourself do it? Have you ever moved out and then moved back into your parent’s house?


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    March 30, 2014 at 5:23 am

    These look delicious. I will definitely have to give them go! I really do actually love cooking especially when I get home from work – it is like a big unwind from the crazy London day!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 30, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I think the writing font is racist.

    What is with you and Alexis and all things legumes? It’s like racism of the stomach. No that’s not right.

    I can’t wait to meet your parents. I want matzoh ball soup, matzah crackers and pickles out of cans.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 30, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Well these look delicious. I’m still on the hunt for a veggie burger recipe that holds together so I’ll be giving this one a shot for sure. I definitely don’t enjoy cooking, but I will say I’m learning not to hate it. For a long time I refused to cook because my attitude was “who has that kind of time.” In my defense, I really didn’t have time. Now I do though, although I generally avoid any recipe that has more than 30 minutes of active time.

    PS You and C have the same deal that John and I do. Cooking is literally the only thing I contribute to the running of our little household. John does the cleaning, fixing, laundry, and dog walking.

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    March 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Yummo! Your pictures are too cute. I don’t think I’ve ever used quinoa in my veggie burgers…. something new to try!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I love cooking at home! Which is probably a good thing, because Eric’s definition of ‘cooking’ is putting a frozen pizza in the oven 😉

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I am totally cool cooking for myself but I get anxiety about potentially one day having to cook for someone else! I think I need to build of a repertoire of go-to meals that I feel comfortable meals so always have something to fall back on. Good plan Gabby 😉

    These look awesome! Love the flavours you packed in there!

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    March 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I’m not gonna lie, I love all the new “meal-ish” posts lately. C is the luckiest guy – A) to be dating you and B) he is so well fed. There’s something that just makes you feel so good about providing for a boy (in the kitchen. obvi. and maybe other places except his wallet haha).

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    March 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yes! I’ve been trying to find a good quinoa burger recipe! THM strikes again!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    March 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I actually love cooking, and it’s one of the things I missed most while I was on the road, but I totally get people who don’t enjoy it. I liked this Greatist article from a few weeks ago about overcoming your excuses and learning how to cook! https://greatist.com/health/busting-excuses-cooking-at-home Also … YUM on the burgers. I don’t use sundried tomatoes nearly as much as I should!

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    March 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I miss coming home to dinner being ready for me! Obviously I love cooking but nothing beats a home cooked meal from mom and dad (if they are good cooks). These burgers look killer!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I am 35. I moved out at 23. I may cook for myself, my son (and my husband when I was married) but you can be sure that the weekly trips to the kosher butcher was not done by me but by my father, who then proceeded to drop off the steaks, chicken, turkey etc. in my freezer. It’s fine. We don’t need to totally grow up.

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    March 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve been craving quinoa burgers like crazy recently (weird?). This looks amazing! Thanks again for an awesome recipe. And yes, I’ve experienced the whole moving out then moving back in thing after university. I love being able to cook for myself. My momma was awesome to live with though because she eats super healthy and I always had access to amazing food from whole foods and healthy baked goods. Now I just do it on my own!

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    March 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Another savory recipe and ones that combine Mediterranean flavors…I LOVE IT! I pinned these because I want them in my mouth, along with a side of your sprouts. Ooh that sounds dirty and it wasn’t even intentional. This time.

    PS I find cooking for myself all the time (now that the Hubby isn’t around) to be exhausting at times. I still love it, but damn do I miss someone else making my coffee for me or chopping my veggies up ahead of time.

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    Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
    March 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I’m looking for more ways to incorporate quinoa rather than just plain and this recipe sounds like it would be perfect! I can’t wait to try this out!

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    March 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    This is going to be a fun recipe – I want to try it for my boys and see if they can guess the ingredients!! Can’t wait!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life
    March 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Quinoa and chickpeas would make this a stick with ya burger for sure! Huh, that makes sense (cooking vs. baking) … I think you’re pretty amazing at both!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    These look fantastic! I’ve been craving Greek flavors lately, especially feta cheese! Good thing I just bought some 🙂 I actually hated living at home because I’d much rather cook my own meals. My diet is really, really different from my parents’ and even though they also eat really healthily, their palates are totally different from mine. It does get tiring after a long day of work, school, and Pure Barre to come home and have to make dinner (and then work and/or study some more), but I like the freedom it gives me to have what I want, when I want it. Have a great week, beautiful!

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    Genevieve Y
    March 31, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Deeeelish! Love quinoa burgers 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 31, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I’m one of the weird ones who love cooking. I actually still do a lot of the cooking even though I’m back living with my parents. That being said it’s nice to have their cooking to fall back on when I’ve had a long day and don’t feel like doing anything except collapsing on the couch.

    These look amazing by the way!

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    March 31, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I love making mini quinoa burgers to put on my salads throughout the week, mmmm!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 31, 2014 at 8:31 am

    To me love eating = love cooking. I’m pretty lucky that way!

    Every single veggie burger that I make falls apart, so I am very impressed with how well you got these to stick together!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Don’t get me wrong–I freaking adore cooking. That said, there are days when I would DIE for a home cooked meal made by some one other than yours truly. Washing dishes is the bane of my existence. These burgs look fab and I have all the ingredients hayyyy!!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    March 31, 2014 at 10:06 am

    i love cooking…never moved back in with my parents but if i did i wont be cooking as much for sure 😛

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    Nikki @ Quest for Balance
    March 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

    OMGHEEEE these look amazing! The pictures are gorgeous too. My parents eat like teenagers with takeout and veggies from a can so I’m happy to not be living at home. When I’m there I either have to make every meal to eat healthy food, or scarf down breaded pork chops so I don’t offend them. It’s a delicate situation and one I am happy to be out of. Because I’ve done more cooking for them on my visits home they’ve come to expect that i’ll make all the meals so it’s actually more work for me when I go home to visit. Bizarre right. O family dynamics. They are so amusing.

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    March 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I briefly moved back in my with my parents after college and then again after I moved back from Australia and was starting law school. Both times my mom did the cooking. Now whenever I go visit her I do all the cooking. I decide what we are going to eat, I buy the groceries and make something! She usually takes care of dessert though!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 31, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Total opposite of my fam where I do all the baking! I definitely did NOT get my baking skills from my mamaaaa

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    March 31, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I love when my parents cook for me! I only see them a few times a year, so I think it’s okay that I fall back into those old habits. These sound good, I think your lucky that C will eat what you cook, I don’t know what I would do if Tyler was a picky eater.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    March 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Ah, so glad to finally catch up on my blog reading. I missed your delicious recipes and funny anecdotes…this was a good post to return on. These burgers look awesome! I loooove greek flavors. Glad you learned to cook for yourself 😉

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    March 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Davida, you are saving my bag of red quinoa I bought a while back that is sitting in my cupboard! I didn’t care for it plain and I haven’t used it since. These burgers look really wonderful and full of flavor. I need to try! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice Monday!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    March 31, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    These look amazing!! I love to cook and can’t wait to try them 🙂

    I moved back into my parents house for a few months after I graduated college and usually made my own meals. Now when I go home to visit for the holidays I still make my own meals while I’m there because a lot of the time we have differing opinions on what is healthy!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    April 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    It’s my mum who should worry about me leaving home next year as it’s yours truly who cooks at home hahaha ;–) I’ll be sure these burgers are on my list then! They look fantastic! xx

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    April 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    These burgers are right up my alley!!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    April 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I’m working my way out of a pretty big food/kitchen/life rut right about now, but hoping after some rest, the motivation bug will bite me and I’ll be set for the weekend! It’s about time I took a cue from Meg and had a kitchen dance party…or two! Care to join me? Be sure to bring muffins! 😉

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    April 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Hehe…there are benefits to living on your own, but I admit it’s nice receiving leftovers from mom. There’s nothing like home cooking from mom. 🙂 I fell in love with these burgers when I saw you tweet about them and I STILL love them! What a great way to use quinoa and chickpeas together. And I do love me some Greek food!

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