Veggie Mini Burger Pita — Meatless Monday

By: Nikhita Mahtani
JEFF_M_VEGGIE_MINI_BURGER_PITA_CUCUMBER_YOGURT_SAUCE_H.jpg

JEFF_M_VEGGIE_MINI_BURGER_PITA_CUCUMBER_YOGURT_SAUCE_H.jpg

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

For a bite-size treat that's perfect for a lazy summer barbecue, try your hand at these meatless mini burgers by Jeff Mauro. Ready-made veggie burger patties tend to be unhealthy due to their use of mock meats, and are full of sodium, which often leads to people skipping them altogether. With a few inventive ideas and a food processor, however, you can create a meatless alternative that is as flavorful as it is healthy.

In this Veggie Mini Burger Pita with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce recipe, the patties are made with a mix of quinoa and cannellini beans to kick up their protein content and are seasoned with breadcrumbs, spices, cilantro and garlic. They are then stuffed into soft pita bread and topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt-based dressing for an added pop of flavor. Try these at your next barbecue for a healthy dish all party guests will enjoy.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Next Up

Perfect Veggie Burgers — Meatless Monday

Getting its heft from walnuts, beans and breadcrumbs, Food Network's veggie burger is tender and moist, thanks to soy sauce, egg whites and barbecue sauce.

"A Non-Burger Burger" — Meatless Monday

Get the recipe for Morgan's Veggie Pattie, a five-star meatless burger, from Food Network's Guy Fieri.

Vegetable Paella — Meatless Monday

Get the recipe for Food Network Magazine's easy-to-make Vegetable Paella, a bold dinner ideal for Meatless Monday.

Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie — Meatless Monday

Still finding Thanksgiving leftovers buried in the back of your fridge? Put them to good use by incorporating them into a meatless shepherd’s pie.

Vegetable Noodle Soup — Meatless Monday

Stick with Food Network Kitchen's quick-fix soup recipe for flavorful results every time.

Summer Vegetable Chili — Meatless Monday

This craveworthy Summer Vegetable Chili from Food Network Magazine is full of bright vegetables and bold flavor.

Frozen Veggie Burritos — Meatless Monday

Prep a batch of these cheesy beauties and keep them in the freezer for at-the-ready meals.

Tuscan Vegetable Soup — Meatless Monday

Start the New Year off on a warm, healthy note by making a bowl of Ellie’s veggie soup.

Mini Mac and 'Shrooms — Meatless Monday

Upgrade your macaroni-and-cheese game by adding hearty, earthy mushrooms with the help of Food Network Magazine's easy recipe.

Veggie Lover's Club Sandwich — Meatless Monday

Get the recipe for Food Network Kitchen's Veggie Lover's Club Sandwich, a vegetarian sandwich ideal for Meatless Monday lunch or dinner.