Mediterranean Veggie Burgers

A secret binder makes these homemade veggie burgers hold together on a grill — overcooked pasta puréed with other party ingredients.

A couple of other tips for success: be sure to pat the beans dry before you add them to the patty mixture, and use a stainless steel grill topper for a more stable grilling surface. Serve these mouthwatering miracles with your favorite burger buns and toppings.



  • 4 oz. rigatoni
  • 1/2 cup red quinoa
  • 7 oz. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 9 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans, or 1 15-oz. can white beans, rinsed, drained, and thoroughly patted dry
  • 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. finely shredded green cabbage
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbs. Tomato Sauce
  • 6 kalamata olives, sliced
  • 2 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil for oiling patties and grill topper


1. Cook rigatoni in large pot of boiling salted water 19 minutes, or until very soft. Drain, measure out 1 1/2 cups very tightly packed rigatoni, and set aside.

2. Bring quinoa and broth to a boil in saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 13 minutes, or until slightly undercooked; some of the white germ will have opened, but much of the quinoa will still have a slight bite. Drain, and set aside.

3. Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 1 minute. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Set aside.

4. Process rigatoni and white beans in food processor 1 minute, or until smooth and paste-like (it’s OK if there are a few small bits of pasta still intact). Transfer mixture to large bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup quinoa, broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, tomato sauce, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and onion-garlic mixture. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Mash to combine. Form 6 1/2-cup-sized patties. Brush tops of each patty with canola oil.

5. Heat grill to high heat. Brush grill topper with canola oil. Place each patty oiled-side down on grill topper. Set grill topper on grill, close grill cover, and cook 6 to 7 minutes. Brush each patty again with oil, and carefully flip. Close grill, and grill 3 to 4 minutes more.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 burger
  • Calories 276
  • Carbohydrate Content 41 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 257 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g