Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Hey there readers, long time no see.

I’m still alive, I promise! The past month has been crazy for me, hence my one post in the past 4 weeks. I got a new job, moved out, and have essentially been out of town or running around like a crazy person ever since. But I am getting settled into both the new house and new job, and I can get back into my schedule for cooking and posting and actually talking to you.

This recipe was supposed to be posted in August, but since I didn’t end up having time I’m going to pretend like people are still on the hunt for good burger recipes in September. I’m hoping to get lots of content out there in the next couple of weeks annnnnd do a giveaway (first ever) so get ready.

Zucchini Quinoa Burger

Ingredients

Makes 6 burgers

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 (540mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp. old-fashioned mustard
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 6 burger buns + your favourite toppings

Method

Heat 1 tbsp. of the olive oil in a medium-sized skillet. Saute onion and garlic until softened. Add grated zucchini, and continue to cook mixture until well combined and some liquids have been evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside.

Grind hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, salt and pepper in a food processor. Add quinoa, chickpeas, mustard, lemon, dill, thyme, turmeric and paprika. Pulse to combine, leaving some chunks for texture.

Transfer the processed mixture to a bowl. Add the zucchini mixture and mix with hands until everything is really well mixed together. Season one final time with salt and pepper to taste. Shape mixture into 6 patties and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, separated by wax paper to ensure nothing sticks.

Heat remaining oil on medium heat on a skillet. Add patties one or two at a time, cooking with a lid over the skillet. Cook 5-7 minutes on heat side until golden brown and firm. Place directly on bun, throw on your favourite condiments, and dig in.

Zucchini Quinoa Burger

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