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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

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  • 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.