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Meatless Monday Recipe:Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers

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Happy meatless Monday everyone! I am definitely a meat eater, but I do enjoy making several of my meals meatless each week. It's a great way to consume more plant-based foods, plus it is quite budget-friendly! And one of my favorite meatless meals is a good veggie burger. But I think it is hard to find a store-bought one that is "meaty" enough AND holds together when you bite into it. So I discovered that it is not that hard to make my own. I just keep a few staple items in my pantry and fridge, and I can quickly whip up a meatless Monday burger that is satisfying in flavor, texture, and stays in one piece!

One of my new favorite versions is this quinoa burger that is packed with traditional Greek flavors plus protein and fiber from both the beans and the cooked quinoa. Not to mention, it is a great way to use up leftovers of this ancient grain. I hope you'll try the recipe and that it makes your meatless Monday a little tastier!

Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers:

Ingredients:

3 1/3 cups cooked quinoa

1 (15.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup diced tomatoes

1 1/3 cup diced cucumber

1 cup chopped yellow onion

2 tablespoons citrus vinaigrette salad dressing

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons Italian or Greek herb seasoning blend

1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients except for salt, pepper, and olive oil into a food processor and process until well combined but still slightly chunky. Place the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm. Form mixture into 6 even-sized patties and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties until slightly browned and cooked thoroughly, about 5 minutes on each side. Serve with desired condiments and either on a whole-grain bun or over greens and enjoy!

Nutrition facts per serving: 290 calories, 8g fat, 1g saturated fat, 44g carbs, 8g fiber, 11g protein.

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