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Quinoa Burgers - Air Fryer Version
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
I love a good burger, but not always a beef burger. These quinoa burgers are satisfying and pack a punch of protein. Served on a whole wheat bun with tomato, lettuce and a cucumber yogurt dill sauce on top, this is a burger that will leave you licking your lips and feeling good about yourself too.
Course: Entrées, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegan, Sandwiches
Servings: 4
Calories: 561 kcal
  • 1 cup quinoa red, white or multi-colored
  • cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • cups rolled oats OR whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup minced white onion
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 4 arugula
  • 4 slices tomato sliced
Cucumber Yogurt Dill Sauce
  • 1 cup cucumber finely diced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Make the quinoa: Rinse the quinoa in cold water in a saucepan, swirling it with your hand until any dry husks rise to the surface. Drain the quinoa as well as you can and then put the saucepan on the stovetop. Turn the heat to medium-high and dry the quinoa on the stovetop, shaking the pan regularly until you see the quinoa moving easily and can hear the seeds moving in the pan. Add the water, salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to low or medium-low. You should just see a few bubbles, not a boil. Cover with a lid, leaving it askew (or if you have pour spouts, just put the lid on the pot) and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and fluff the quinoa with a fork. If there’s any liquid left in the bottom of the pot, place it back on the burner for another 3 minutes or so. Spread the cooked quinoa out on a sheet pan to cool.
  2. Combine the room temperature quinoa in a large bowl with the oats, eggs, onion, cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 patties. Add a little water or a few more rolled oats to get the mixture to be the right consistency to make patties.
  3. Spray both sides of the patties generously with oil and transfer them to the air fryer basket in one layer (you will probably have to cook these burgers in batches depending on the size of your air fryer). Air-fry each batch at 400ºF for 10 minutes, flipping the burgers over halfway through the cooking time.

  4. While the burgers are cooking, make the cucumber yogurt dill sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl.

  5. Build your burger on the whole-wheat hamburger buns with arugula, tomato and the cucumber yogurt dill sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Burgers - Air Fryer Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 561 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 1218mg51%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 258mg26%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.