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

    These burgers are right up my alley!!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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