Indian Edamame Quinoa Burgers


This bunless quinoa burger recipe with an easy yogurt sauce is a staff favorite. Experiment with different seasonings in place of the ginger and garam masala‚ such as garlic and cumin for Middle Eastern flair or garlic and chili powder for a Southwestern spin. Serve with a spinach salad and naan or chapati bread.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup quinoa

  • 1 cup water

  • 8 ounces frozen edamame (about 1 1/2 cups), thawed

  • 3 scallions, chopped, divided

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ cup low-fat plain yogurt

  • ½ cup chopped English cucumber

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 very large tomato, cut into 4 thick slices


  1. Combine quinoa and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer the quinoa to a food processor; add edamame, 2 chopped scallions, egg, ginger, garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cayenne. Pulse until well combined. Form into four 3 1/2-inch patties (a generous 1/2 cup each).

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; swirl to coat the pan. Reduce heat to medium and add the burgers. Cook until browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully turn them over, swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and brown the other side, 3 to 4 minutes more.

  4. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, cucumber, cilantro (if using), pepper and the remaining scallion and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Serve the burgers on a tomato slice with the yogurt sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap and freeze cooked burgers for up to 3 months. Unwrap and bake frozen burgers on an oiled baking sheet at 375°F for 20 minutes, turning once.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
13g Fat
29g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 15g 29%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Vitamin A 1439IU 29%
Vitamin C 22mg 24%
Folate 252mcg 63%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Calcium 161mg 12%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 106mg 25%
Potassium 822mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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