Mediterranean Quinoa Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta

I realize the phrase “quinoa burger” might not exactly instill confidence in a ravenous crew, but you haven’t had my hearty Quinoa Burger with Sun-Dried tomatoes and Feta yet! Impressively high in protein and fiber and flaunting some serious Mediterranean flavor flair, these powerhouse patties are fresh, filling, and exactly the meal you should make this week.

Mediterranean Quinoa Burger. Easy, healthy and protein-packed veggie burger recipe! Made with chickpea, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, this filling vegetarian recipe is packed with flavor.

My biggest, erm, beef with most of the veggie burger recipes I’ve tried is that they are so inexcusably meh.

If a recipe makes the sacred claim of being a “burger,” it best live up to the designation: a mighty-flavored, two-handed, can’t-stop-won’t-stop affair.

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Not only does today’s Quinoa Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta honor the title of Burger, but it shines above any restaurant veggie burger you’ve tasted.

These veggie burgers’ texture is hearty but not dry, they’re packed with fresh ingredients, and not a single bite of my burger tasted anywhere close to meh.

Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers topped with diced tomatoes, olives, and herbs.

Along with being filling and flavorful, these easy quinoa burgers don’t fall apart during cooking, another one of my top veggie burger peeves.

Since making this recipe does involve the food processor (a sacrifice I do not take lightly and promise will be worth the time you spend hauling it out, then washing it), I like to take advantage of the burgers’ freezer-friendly quality and make a double batch.

About this Quinoa Burger Recipe

The base of the quinoa burgers is a thee-way combo of cooked quinoa, chickpeas, and oats, blended together in the food processor. This trifecta is loaded with protein and fiber, meaning these quinoa burgers are poised to keep you full from lunch to dinner.

Quinoa, oats, and chickpeas are the main ingredients in these simple vegetarian Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers.

Once the base is blended, these quinoa burgers are ready to be amped up with your choice of ingredients. I took a little trip to the Mediterranean, folding in tangy sun-dried tomatoes, chunks of salty feta, and plenty of fresh basil and parsley.

Mediterranean Quinoa burgers are packed with flavor from sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and feta cheese.

A few minutes of lightly pan-frying in olive oil leaves the outsides of the quinoa burgers lightly crispy and the insides soft but not at all mushy, a necessary and delicate balance in the veggie burger world.

Though the quinoa veggie burger patties are nice on their own and will do well if you are in a hurry (I top mine with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt when I need a fast and furious lunch), they reach their max flavor potential topped with a bright combo of diced tomatoes, olives, and herbs.

Freezer friendly Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers are easy to make ahead for quick lunches and dinners.

Extra feta cheese is likewise encouraged.

Simple, flavorful, and perfect for meal prep, Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers are a tasty vegetarian burger that's easy to make.

If you are looking for vegan quinoa burgers, I haven’t played around with swapping the egg called for in this quinoa burger recipe with a flax egg yet, but I think it could be worth an experiment (you’ll also need to omit the feta).

For another veggie burger option, I also highly recommend this Super Food Vegan Black Bean Burger recipe. It’s a reader favorite for followers of all diets and another tasty way to work healthy variety into your dinner routine.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Burger. Easy, healthy and protein-packed veggie burger recipe! Made with chickpea, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, this filling vegetarian recipe is packed with flavor.
Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Mediterranean Quinoa Burger. Easy, healthy and protein-packed veggie burger recipe! Made with chickpea, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, this filling vegetarian recipe is packed with flavor.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: Healthy Vegetarian Dinner, Homemade Veggie Burger Recipe, Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers
Servings: 6 burgers
Calories: 366 kcal
Author: Erin
Ingredients
  • For the Burgers:
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes not olive oil packed
  • 1 can reduced-sodium chickpeas (15 ounces) rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • Olive oil for cooking the burgers
  • Whole wheat buns for serving
  • For the Tomato Olive Topping:
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar or lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place the quinoa in a medium saucepan with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then cover the pan and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover with very hot water. Let stand for at least 5 minutes to rehydrate, drain, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the quinoa, chickpeas, oats, garlic, salt, oregano, and pepper. Process until the mixture is nicely ground and blended. Add the egg, then pulse a few times until the egg is combined with the chickpea mixture (it will be a very thick, chunky paste). Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, then gently fold in the drained sun-dried tomatoes, feta, parsley, and basil. Form the burgers into 6 patties. If not ready to cook immediately, place the patties in the refrigerator.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the topping ingredients: cherry tomatoes, olives, parsley, basil, and vinegar. If desired, toast the buns in a toaster oven, a lightly oiled skillet, or in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Watch carefully so that they do not burn.
  5. When ready to cook the quinoa burgers, heat a large skillet over medium. Drizzle the skillet generously with olive oil, then cook the veggie burger patties on each side, until both sides are browned and the patties are cooked through, about 8 minutes total. Be careful as the oil may splatter. Serve on toasted buns, topped with the tomato olive mixture and additional feta cheese as desired.
Recipe Notes
  • Cooked leftover chickpea burgers will keep well wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Uncooked patties can be tightly wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for 2 days or frozen for 2 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator prior to cooking.
  • To reheat cooked burgers: start the burgers on low. Add a bit of water to the pan, then cover them so that they steam and heat through. Remove the lid, turn the heat to medium high, and cook on each side until lightly crisp and the water has cooked off.
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger with bun and topping)
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 5g
Protein 17g 34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers. Easy, healthy and packed with protein veggie burgers! Made with chickpea, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, this filling vegetarian recipe is packed with flavor and gluten free! #vegan #glutenfree #healthy #veggieburger #quinoa

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28 comments

  1. Just finished these for lunch – had them on a Greek salad. Husband approved. Totally hit the spot today. Will keep this recipe around for sure!

    Rating: 5
  2. Made these this weekend- totally loved them! My hubs wasn’t quite as in love, but he said it was because of the feta (he hates all cheese – crazy!) I love that the bean/quinoa/oatmeal base is so easy and versatile! Will definitely be making these, or a version of these again soon! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. YUM! I can see why these would be a reader favorite this summer. I love the tomato olive topping!

  4. Oh my goodness! I made these and they are incredible! The rest of my family, who usually make a face at my “healthy” food, loved them too! I will definitely be making them again. 

    Rating: 5
    • Kasey, this is music to my ears! The goal with every one of my recipes is to make “healthy” food taste so great, no one even notices that the meal is in fact good for them. I’m so glad that you all enjoyed them. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. This dish is exactly what people have said, “amazing,” “wonderful,” “fantastic”!! These are the best burgers I’ve ever had…meat or no meat. Even my meat-lovers loved this! Thank you :)

    Rating: 5
  6. Made this recipe for my lunch this week using a burger bowl/salad style rather than a bun. SO delicious (and nutritious!), I’ve spread the recipe to friends and will definitely be making it again soon! :)

    Rating: 5
  7. Made these last night and wife and I LOVED them.  Definitely should’ve made a double batch!  I did change up the topping just a bit as I don’t care for kalamata olives.  Just replaced them with some diced cucumber.  Great texture, great flavor.  Can’t wait for lunch today so I can have my leftovers!

    Rating: 5
    • Oookay, yeah.  These are even better the next day.  OMG.  I have more leftover quinoa already cooked up at home, and am sure I have the rest of the ingredients.  Plan for the evening – make another batch and throw them in the freezer for later!

      Rating: 5
      • Jake, this is so good to hear!! I’m glad round 2 was even better than round 1. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to come back and leave not one but TWO reviews. I really appreciate it!

  8. Your recipe looks good, but I am allergic to chick peas, what do you suggest as an alternate food that is not a legume?

  9. Why can’t I use the tomatoes in olive oil? Just wondering.

    • Hi Willow! You could use the kind in olive oil if you patted them dry. I find they make the burgers a little greasy, so I prefer the dried ones.

  10. Wow I love the creativity in the burger!! Well done Erin! (:

  11. These were a huge hit, even with my meat-loving dad! My family had theirs on buns, I had mine over a salad with some tahini dressing because I’m gluten intolerant. So flavorful, and as a bonus they used up a ton of ingredients I had sitting around. I could definitely see myself making a big batch over the weekend to cook throughout the week. Thanks for the amazing recipe <3

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Chrissy! Thanks so much for sharing your positive recipe feedback! I’m so happy that everyone enjoyed these – the way you served yours sounds incredible. Tahini dressing? YUM! Enjoy!

  12. I made these last night and they’re so yummy! I have some more for lunch today. I’ll definitely be having these in roation! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  13. Can I use something instead of egg?

  14. Wish i could make these but i don’t have a food processor. They look amazing!

    • Angela, I’m afraid there’s not way around it! The food processor is one tool that when you need it, you need it. If you ever get a chance to buy or borrow one, I hope you love these!

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