Baked Quinoa Burger Patties + Lemon Tahini Sauce

I was browsing the net today and stumbled upon a photo of Montreal taken on this day in 1976, and it was a fun springtime photo on the top of Mont-Royal on a balmy day of 22 degrees. Today, however, we woke up to MORE snow, and I realized Mother Nature is getting a real kick out of this endless winter weather joke! We just inherited a barbeque from my hubby’s father, and we are dying to use it. I’ve been dreaming up summertime meals, and barbequed burgers and veggies are on the top of that list.
Baked Quinoa Burgers

Well, it was kind of freezing cold this evening, so burgers we had, but I baked them in the oven. That’s not to say they didn’t turn out really delicious, we are just really looking forward to days that are too hot for the oven to be on!
I’m always on the quest for a delicious veggie burger, and these ones were really tasty with a great texture with a little crunch thanks to the quinoa and I’m happy to say, held their shape really well! Although I used a flax egg to bind them, they didn’t feel like a sticky enough texture, so I added in 1 boiled, mashed potato and it really did the trick in keeping all the ingredients nicely held together.

Baked Quinoa Burgers
The lemon tahini dressing is so quick to whip up and is the ideal sauce for these patties. It is creamy, vibrant, and highlights the Middle Eastern flavours of this burger.

Baked Quinoa Burgers
Of course, you don’t have to eat these quinoa patties on a burger bun, they are delicious on their own with a side of salad, or tucked in a pita with of course, lemon tahini sauce poured overtop.  They are honestly even great if you pop them in your mouth cold!  Lots of options, you do what you’re in the mood for!
Let’s get to the recipe. πŸ™‚

Baked Quinoa Burgers + Lemon Tahini Sauce
Yields 10
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. Baked Quinoa Burger Patties
  2. 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed in bowl
  3. 2 cups fresh spinach
  4. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  5. 1 medium sized potato, cubed and boiled
  6. 1/2 cup onion, minced
  7. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  13. Lemon Tahini Sauce
  14. 1/4 cup tahini
  15. 1/4 cup water
  16. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  17. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  18. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400Β°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the flax egg by combining 2 tablespoons ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons water in a bowl. Whisk, then place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
  3. Steam spinach for 4-5 minutes over 1-2 inches of simmering water. Remove from heat, reserving the water to boil your potato. Rinse spinach with cold water, then squeeze dry. Finely chop the spinach, then place it in a large bowl along with the quinoa.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, flax egg, potato, flour, baking powder, salt, cumin, and pepper to the bowl of quinoa/spinach. Mix well to combine.
  5. Shape into 10 patties and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, flip them over, then bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown and firm.
  7. While the patties are baking, prepare your sauce. Combine tahini, water, lemon juice, salt and garlic powder in bowl. Whisk, then pour into a jar so you can store leftovers.
  8. To assemble, place quinoa burger patty in a whole wheat burger bun, add your favourite fresh toppings and pour lemon tahini sauce overtop.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Comments

  1. I hope the weather warms up for you SOON Sophia!! I don’t know how you put up with those endless winters – I know I’d go crazy. These burgers look wonderful!! I love that first photo of the burgers piled high too – now that’s a healthy way to supersize!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Celeste! I don’t know how I do it either, and have been doing it for 31 years. Haha!
      I love your comment, a healthy way to supersize. So true!!

  2. Lydia says:

    These sound and look so delicious. Can’t wait to try them out. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lydia – I think you will love these! πŸ™‚

  3. Your quinoa burgers with that tasty added sauce look amazing & so tasty too! Freaking delicious food!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Haha, thanks Sophie! They were pretty darn good!

      • I made these beauties & my hubby, friends & I loved them so much, dear Sophia! Yeahhh! xxx

      • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

        Yay! So glad you tried them out. I make them often, we love them around here, too. πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for sharing your idea. God Bless! private chef in austin

  5. Ooh, these sound great! Perfect for a lighter spring-time dinner (and I bet they’re great for taking for lunch the next day too!). Super excited that I already have all these things in my kitchen right now πŸ™‚

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Awesome! Hope you had a chance to try them. Yes, I snack on them days later, even on their own!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  6. Can’t wait to try these – although the sauce really caught my eye I can think of loads of things to have it with!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Good point! πŸ™‚ They are even delicious on their own, truly.
      Sophia

  7. Looks wonderful Sophia !! I should try this, even though I am not a quinoa fan I could see myself really liking this burger.

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Wow, Suzanne I can’t believe you don’t like quinoa. It’s probably as rare as me not liking avocado (!!!). πŸ™‚
      I hope you like the burgers if you give them a try!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  8. Hey Sophia! Just wanted to say that I love you new photo – you look fresh and ready for spring. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Ah, thanks so much Celeste! I am SO ready. This has been the longest winter ever!

  9. Lovely! So many of my favourite flavours in one place ☺️

  10. Aww I wish I can see that photo you saw! Wow Sophia, that’s a yummy looking burger tower! The lemon tahini sauce sounds brilliant with these delicious quinoa burger patties.

  11. I love quinoa and am always on the hunt for new recipes featuring it. This one looks particularly delicious…LOVE tahini!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! I agree, I love it and I am always trying to come up with different ways to make it, especially because my son just grew to like it recently!

  12. I can’t believe you’ve still got snow. That’s just crazy. The earth is definitely talking to us, there’s been so much freak weather recently!

    These burgers look divine and like they’ll help you through the wintry days. I’m saving this one for a treat day!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      That’s what I keep saying! The crazy weather everywhere is definitely a sign.
      I hope you love the burgers! XO

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