Veggie Mini Burger Pita — Meatless Monday

By: Nikhita Mahtani
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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.

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