Amazing Quinoa Burgers with Tomato Relish and Tahini Dressing

These are so delicious that I want to keep making them, probably a good idea to make double the quantity and freeze.  Serve this dish to any friends who are cynical about vegetarian food - you will blow their minds!


100g quinoa (200g ready cooked quinoa)

200g frozen peas

1 x 400g tin chickpeas

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

half tsp smoked paprika

4 dates

large bunch fresh parsley

1 tablespoon harissa

1 tsp Dijon mustard

50g sesame seeds


1 red onion, finely sliced

200g cherry tomatoes, chopped

balsamic vinegar

fresh coriander, chopped


salad leaves



2 tablespoons tahini

6-8 tbsp boiling water

half a small garlic, finely chopped

150g natural yoghurt

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoons olive oil

half tsp sea salt

quarter tsp black pepper

(this makes twice as much as you will need – but good to have in fridge)


Toast the quinoa in a pan until it starts to pop and then add twice the volume of boiling water.  Cook until all the water has been absorbed and the quinoa grains have released their curly ‘tails’.


Cover the peas with boiling water and allow to sit for 10 minutes.


Add the drained chickpeas to a frying pan with the ground cumin, coriander and paprika and toast until all the moisture has gone.


Drain the peas and put in a dry bowl.  Tip in half the chickpeas and half the cooked quinoa, add the dates, parsley, harissa and mustard and use a hand blender to blitz the mixture until combined.  Stir in the remaining chickpeas and quinoa and mix well.  Form the mixture into 6 burgers and place on an oiled baking tray in the fridge whilst you make the relish.


Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry the onion slowly for about 8 mins.  Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 5 mins. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.  Transfer to a bowl and add some coriander leaves.


Sprinkle the burgers with sesame seeds and bake in a hot oven for 20 mins.


To make the dressing whisk the tahini and water together to form a smooth paste.  Whisk in rest of ingredients.

Serve the burgers on a bed of salad leaves with the tahini dressing and relish - they are AMAZING!!!