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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Genevieve Y
    March 31, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Deeeelish! Love quinoa burgers 🙂

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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