Spicy Burgers with Quinoa Bean Salad

Spicy Turkey Burgers with a Quinoa Bean Salad and Homemade Chilli Dressing – perfect for a summers day when a simple burger and bun won’t do… (if there ever is a time!)

Quinoa Bean Salad

(serves around 6 portions – great for keeping in the fridge for leftover lunches)


100g Quinoa

100g Buckwheat

3 tbsp of pomegranate seeds

400g tin of mixed beans (opt for water with no added salt/sugar)

Feta to sprinkle on top (as much or little as you fancy)


  1. Boil quinoa and buckwheat as required, once cooked rinse with cool water.
  2. Whilst the quinoa and buckwheat is cooking, wash the beans in a colander with cool water, grab a large mixing bowl and add the the beans and pomegranate seeds (you can add anything to this,  blueberries, peppers and cucumber are great additions)
  3. Once the grains are cooked and rinsed add to the mixing bowl, season with salt, pepper and feta and mix together – it may seem a tiny bit bland but just wait until you add the salad dressing!!


Chilli Salad Dressing:


40ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

50ml Red Wine Vinegar

1 tbsp Honey

1 tsp Light Soy Sauce

½ tsp Cumin

50ml Red Wine Vinegar

1 Lime zest and juice

1 crushed garlic clove

Chilli Flakes (to your personal taste, I added 1 tbsp)

1/2 red chilli (only if you like spice)


Add all ingredients to a mason jar and shake, leave in the fridge for at least 20 minutes and then lightly dress the bean and quinoa salad.


Spicy Turkey Burgers


3 tbsp of chopped parsley

2 tbsp smoked paprika

1 red chilli (finely sliced)

400g lean turkey mince


  1. Put all ingredients in one mixing bowl and mix together (I use my hands to mix in thoroughly) then make 6 patties.
  2. Add a little oil in a grilling pan and then fry on each side for around 3-4 minutes (or until cooked)


A little extra:

For a refreshing dip I mixed some greek yogurt with an ancho and papaya sauce (this was totally random from what I had in the fridge) but you could do this with any sauce such as mayo and chipotle sauce, yogurt and sweet chilli – have a play around!

I just placed the burgers on romaine lettuce leaves but this would be great with brioche buns and homemade oven chips too!


Enjoy x

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