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This recipe is my favourite veggie burger recipe. As summer has arrived (semi-officially, marked by the Victoria Day weekend last weekend and the Memorial Day weekend for Americans this past weekend) it is the beginning of burger season in my house!! The recipe calls for pitas, which are great, but I also love them on whole wheat English muffins!! If you skip the Tzatziki sauce and replace the egg with egg substitute, you can make this recipe vegan!
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa, cooked
1 medium carrot, chopped coarsely
6 T, chives, chopped finely
15 ounces white navy beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 T ground cumin
1 t coarse salt
1 t ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 T lemon zest
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, chopped fine
1/2 English cucumber, shredded and drained
Place the carrots in the bowl of a food processor, fitted with the chopping blade attachment. Pulse until the carrot is very finely chopped.
Add cooked quinoa, chives, beans, breadcrumbs, egg and spices to the carrot. Pulse until mixture is combined but still slightly chunky.
Form into four equal sized burger patties. Refrigerate for half an hour, or until firm.
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet (I prefer a cast iron skillet) over medium heat. Cook burgers until browned and cooked through, approximately 8-10 minutes per side.
To make sauce, combine ingredients in a bowl and serve!