We’ve been having a bit of a burger-off in our household. It all started with my sister-in-law Cheriss making an amazing veggie burger. From there, the entire family became obsessed. And now, every time my folks visit, I whip up a big batch of burger mix on Friday and we feast on Saturday. So far, these burgers are tied with Cheriss’ for the number one recipe. They have a full 14 grams of high quality protein (thanks to the Kidney beans and Quinoa) and are chock full of delicious flavor. I adapted this recipe from Whole Living magazine.
Quinoa Feta Burgers
15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 shallot, minced
1 carrot, grated finely
2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry quinoa, 2 cups water for cooking)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
5 Tbs crumbled feta cheese
1 tsp coarse salt
3 egg whites, lightly whisked
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil or Coconut Oil for grilling
1. In a bowl, mash beans into a thick paste with a fork, and mix in shallots, carrots, quinoa, parsley, feta, salt and egg whites.
2. Form a mixture into patties of desired size (these make adorable mini sliders!) and chill for 30 minutes. If you don’t chill, it’s okay but the burgers tend to fall apart on the grill if they don’t start out cool.
3. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a skillet on stove top or on grill grates. I love how crispy the Coconut Oil makes the outside of the burger.
4. Cook the burgers, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
5. Serve as you would any burger (mustard, ketchup, pickles, grilled onions, blue cheese – yum!)
These burgers look great! Would you perhaps know of a decent substitute for the beans as I am very intolerant, also, no soy.
Becky with Bramble Berry says
Great question, Cynthia! I totally get the allergy issue with food (I have several), and I often find myself looking for substitutes in recipes. I was looking and I wasn’t able to find a substitute for the beans in this recipe, but I was able to find a Spinach Feta Quinoa Cakes recipe from Anne-Marie’s Pinterest Boards. I hope this helps!
-Becky with Bramble Berry
O M G! These look absoultely heavenly! YUMMMMMMY!!!!! 🙂 We use coconut oil sometimes, we eat quinoa too (especially quinoa pasta), Mom & I love feta & goat cheese, & we’re trying to lower our intake of meat. I’ll share this w/ my aunt who needs more veggie burger ideas. Definitely going to make these. Thanks for sharing 😀
Marti Robinson says
Thanks for sharing! I LOVE quinoa – I’m definitely going to try this recipe 🙂
Let me know what you think when you try it =)
I’m a huge quinoa fan so am definitely going to make this (I needed ideas on what to make for lunch on days when we don’t have leftovers, and this sounds healthful and yummy). Thanks!
I literally bought $50 worth of quinoa in bulk the other day because we use so much of it in our house. I even put it in the baby’s morning pancakes! =)
Wow that looks absolutely tasty! I’ve been eating lots of chick peas and wonder if I could use it as a substitute. But I’ll have to give this recipe a try first. Thanks so much for sharing.
Chick peas are so healthy – I made a DELICIOUS burger with with Chick Peas and turkey stuffing (?!) and Mayo and spices. It was AMAZING but not really all that low fat or healthy. (sigh).
Mmmm…I love quinoa but haven’t had any in a long time. And what’s not to love about anything fried in coconut oil? Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Coconut Oil is our new go-to oil in our house right now, for sure!
Yum! Thanks for sharing this, Anne-Marie. I’m always on the lookout for meat-free burger recipes! I’ve got a black bean burger recipe that I like, but quinoa, kidney beans, and feta sound great together, and this would be a nice change of pace.
I’d love to hear the recipe if you’re into sharing =) Seriously, we make burgers from scratch like 3-4 times a month now for this burger-off! =)
Sure, I’d be happy to share! Here’s the burger recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/903082/pinto-and-rice-burgers. I substitute black beans for the pinto beans, and I add some chopped garlic, too. They’re yummy, and they hold together well. 🙂