Here is a delicious, vegetarian burger recipe with a Moroccan twist! To top it off, they are easy to make, contains all real food and are healthy and hearty.
Healthy Couscous Veggie Burgers Recipe
Something you may not know about me is that my husband is Moroccan and we always have couscous in the house. And since I love veggie burgers, I thought what better way to make us both happy than to combine the two ideas!
Couscous is a staple in Moroccan food. They eat couscous as a big meal with stewed meat and veggies, sweet with cinnamon and sugar, or in salads like this tabbouleh recipe with couscous.
My mother-in-law lives with us for many months during the year and she is most often the one cooking. I love how there are certain recipes in Morocco that they always eat and they always eat them the same way. When my mother-in-law is here with us, she likes to try new things and make the recipes a bit different.
Couscous is Very Healthy!
Couscous is an amazing source of vegetarian protein. For one cup of cooked couscous, you get 6 grams of protein and 0.5 gram of fat, which helps support healthy skin, muscles, organs and other body tissues. Couscous is also rich in fiber – it absorbs water and swells in your digestive tract helping you feel full. It also keeps food moving through your body preventing constipation.
These couscous veggie burgers are so easy to make!
First you add boiling water to the couscous and set aside. Then you take all of your remaining ingredients (up to the yogurt) and add to a Food Processor and pulse until smooth.
Add this puréed mixture to the couscous and form into patties. Once flattened, cook in a bit of olive oil on medium heat until browned on both sides!
While this is not a gluten-free option, it is very healthy and good for those who can tolerate gluten. Couscous is made from grains of durum wheat and is most definitely not gluten-free.
Healthy Couscous Veggie Burger Recipe
While couscous is very healthy it is not gluten-free.
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Vegetarian
- Cuisine: Moroccan
- 1/2 cup couscous
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1 carrot, grated
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt
- 3/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 4 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
- Add boiling water to dry couscous in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes and then fluff with fork.
- Combine chickpeas, onion, grated carrot, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper in food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Mix chickpea mixture with egg and couscous.
- Form into small patties.
- Heat pan at medium heat and cook patties in olive oil, turning after 3-4 minutes.
- Enjoy burgers on a bed of lettuce and tomato.
- Make a quick yogurt sauce topping to go with it using the yogurt, cilantro, lemon juice and garlic.
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