Quinoa Chickpea Burgers with Za'atar Spice and Creamy Tahini Chive Sauce

Quinoa Chickpea Burgers with Za'atar Spice and Creamy Tahini Chive Sauce

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As difficult as many people find raw foods to be, not having to roast, fry, sauté, or boil a thing appeals to my need to get food onto my table quickly at the end of the day. And at the moment, it appeals to my aversion to raising the temperature of my kitchen by a single degree. Which is why I’ve cooked nearly nothing in the last four weeks. Between time constraints and heat, it’s been all cool food, all the time. Yesterday, however, I was starting to crave some variety, and veggie burgers sounded particularly good. What didn’t sound good was the concept of sautéing onions and garlic, waiting for rice to cook, or roasting anything. And that’s how these burgers were born. Though you’ll need to cook the quinoa and beans in the recipe, you won’t have to cook any vegetable add-ins, and you have the option of grilling the burgers, which is at least a little faster than baking! In all, I think you’ll find, as I did, that these burgers are pretty quick and easy to make, and I think you’ll be very delighted with the taste. Believe it or not, veggie burgers are one of the foods I struggle most with as a cook. I’ve got lots of flavors I love, and a few stellar recipes (like my foolproof tofu burgers, homemade sunflower burgers, and edamame ginger lime burgers), but I’ve also had a ton of flops: mushy burgers, crumbly burgers, bland burgers, and salty burgers included. These burgers aren’t perfect, but they’re really tasty, really easy, and I thought the texture was pretty spot on. As you’ll see, the star of the dish is Za’atar spice, a remarkable blend of sumac, thyme, oregano, marjoram, sesame, and salt.

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