Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers

I like to eat meat, red meat to be specific. So every time I heard about someone taking on a vegetarian lifestyle, I think with everything within me… How are they possibly living without meat?

At times, I feel a tiny bit guilty about my meat consumption. The reason for this guilt is not because I feel bad for animals, but because I know the reality of the meat production standards in this country, the constant manufacturing of meat isn’t the best for the environment. And I’m also a big believer that the quality of said meat is more or less garbage and quite frankly it isn’t a good financial decision for many families.

I am a fan of endeavors such as “Meatless Monday” and going a bit “greener” with my meat consumption. I also have a good friend who is a vegetarian and I realized that I just don’t know that much about cooking to meet this lifestyles expectations which I should be aware of considering my profession!

All of this **feeling** and *thinking** lead to a very fun Wednesday afternoon in which my friend and I got creative in her kitchen! We came up with these bad boys and my goodness are they delicious.

 

Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers

We actually have 2 other versions of these but I wanted to get them out to all of you guys one at a time.

So here are the reasons I am so terribly in love with these burgers.

  1. They taste amazing!
  2. They cost next to nothing.
  3. They macro-nutrient stats on these are perfect for filling you up in a good way.
  4. These make for an excellent pre or post-workout meal.
  5. They definitely are good to the environment but still pack in your nutrient needs.

So let’s get down to business because I’m sure you are drooling a bit over that picture!

Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can (15 oz.) of White Beans
  • 1 Cup of Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/4 Cup of Bread Crumbs – substitute according to your needs (GF)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Green Olives
  • 2 tbsp of Freshly Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tbsp of Minced Onion
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Banana Pepper Rings
  • 1 tbsp of Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive or Coconut Oil
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. After your quinoa has been cooked and rinsed, mash well into the white beans.
  2. Add your egg into the mixture and combine well.
  3. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour
  4. Add your breadcrumbs to the mixture as well as all other ingredients.
  5. Form mixture into balls and then flatten to patties.
  6. Cook in a pan on medium-high for about 5 minutes on each side*.
  7. Enjoy burger on or off a bun!

Serving Size : 1 Patty

Calories: 149     Carbohydrates: 28     Fiber: 5    Protein: 8     Fat: 1

That is it my friends! These burgers are out of this world and definitely leave you feeling satisfied and somewhat accomplished if you are looking to taste a bit of the vegetarian world.

I hope you enjoy them and I hope you have a great start to this new week.

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Are you a vegetarian? If so what is your favorite vegetarian recipe?

If you aren’t a vegetarian would you ever consider becoming one, why or why not?

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*Cooking time may very depending on your pan, I was using a cast iron pan.

 

 

 

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