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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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    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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    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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    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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    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! Also … YUM on the burgers. I don’t use sundried tomatoes nearly as much as I should!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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