Kick Off Summer: Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

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Zucchini Quinoa Beef Burgers
Sauteed Zucchini Medallions, Broccoli & Clover Sprouts, Feta Oregano Aioli

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer grilling season. It’s also the time to honor our Fallen while we celebrate our Freedom. It’s a day to balance solemnity with revelry.

In addition to serving great food and drink at our picnic, we hang the U.S. flag, create a patriotic flower bouquet, and observe a minute of silence at 3:00 PM to honor and remember those who have died in service to our nation. Before lighting up the grill, we turn on the television to watch the President lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, we listen as a lone bugler plays Taps.

With summer on our minds and thinking about balance ~ I thought I would lighten up the burgers with the addition of vegetables, grains, and sprouts. The result was a ground beef burger mixed with loads of shredded zucchini and cooked quinoa, topped with sauteed zucchini medallions and sprouts, plus a flavorful feta aioli. It was surprisingly good and immensely satisfying.

patriotic yard

Memorial Day

Honoring Those Who Have Laid Down Their Lives
To Defend Our Freedom & Ensure Our Liberty

“The solemn pride that must be yours to have
laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
Abraham Lincoln

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces,
but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”
John F. Kennedy

zucchini quinoa burger recipe
Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 c. shredded zucchini
  • 2 c. cooked quinoa, room temperature
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Mix all the ingredients together by hand. Form into generous patties.

Feta Oregano Aioli

  • mayonnaise
  • feta, crumbled
  • dried oregano
  • minced garlic
  • salt
  • red chile flakes

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use. (My lower saturated fat version uses Veganaise and Fat Free Feta, and still tastes great).

Zucchini Medallions 

  • zucchini
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Slice zucchini on an angle to get generous sized medallions. Saute in olive oil until golden brown on both sides. Season with salt & pepper. Remove to paper towels until ready to use.

zucchini burgers
Rub the burgers with olive oil and grill until just barely no longer pink inside.

Zucchini Quinoa Burger

Serve the burgers on buns spread with feta oregano aioli. Top with broccoli & clover sprouts and several slices of zucchini medallions.

Zucchini Quinoa Meatballs

Zucchini Quinoa Meatballs Recipe
Zucchini Quinoa Burgers also make great meatballs. Form the meat mixture into 2″ balls and bake at 400° for about 15 minutes.

zucchini quinoa meatballs
For our Memorial Day picnic we reheated them on the grill, served them over homemade salsa roja topped with crumbled feta and chopped cilantro.

Memorial Day Flag Raising

At sunrise on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. The half-staff position pays tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Then at noon the flag is raised back to the top of the staff, symbolizing a nation that lives on…

7 thoughts on “Kick Off Summer: Zucchini Quinoa Burgers”

  1. I’m definitely going to make these LL, I just bought some quinoa from T.J.’s. I’m with Joan, so much better than traditional!

  2. I think if I ever visit your home, I may not leave… lol. So beautiful and you also cook amazing dishes. Yeah definitely not leaving. 😉 Love your zucchini quinoa burgers. Healthy choice and very gourmet! YUM!

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