Quinoa Zucchini Burgers with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

This is my favourite vegetarian burger right now! It's another of my recipes that I tried out on my Partner first, and to quote him, he said "I could not eat meat for the rest of my life with this burger".

It really is super tasty. You can even prepare these veggie patties and freeze them, so they are on standby when you want an easy weeknight meal. Another thing I like to do, is eat the patty crumbled over a veggie packed salad, that's if you tire of burger buns. Hope you enjoy!

Quinoa Zucchini Burger

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/3 cup dry)
  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 to 1 cup rolled oats (depending on how much is needed to make mixture thicken)
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Small brown onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spicy Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • Your favorite hot sauce to taste, I 4 drops of Tabasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced


Cook your quinoa - Rinse quinoa in a sieve. Add to a small pot and add 2/3 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook, until the water is absorbed. Fluff, cover, and let sit until needed. Alternatively you can make it in advance and store in the fridge for up to three or four days.

Cook the veg - Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Saute onion and garlic until translucent and tender, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add zucchini, and continue to saute until zucchini is cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool for a minute.

Make the sauce - Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and combine.

Make the patties - Mix the quinoa, zucchini, onions, garlic, chickpeas, oats, egg, shallot, lemon juice, mustard and spices together in a large bowl. Mix with your hands, trying to break the chickpeas down a little, but you want the mixture to keep a thick texture. When everything is incorporated, season once more with salt and pepper, to taste. Shape mixture into six patties with hands. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Cook burgers for five minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Assemble the burgers - Assemble the quinoa zucchini patties on bread with your choice of toppings. I used avocado, sprouts, piclked cabbage and gruyere cheese. Drizzle the yogurt sauce over the patty, or serve on the side.

Makes 6 veggie patties.

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