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We are embracing in meatless Monday with these Greek roasted cauliflower burgers!

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Which come loaded with pan-fried feta, tomato and olive salsa, and tzatzki. What can I say? You guys know I like my burgers piled high and this veggie burger is no exception.

This is probably one of my favorite veggie burgers to date. I mean, did I mention there’s pan-fried feta cheese? That alone should have you SOLD.

Alright, alright, but in all seriousness, these burgers are healthy, yet flavorful and surprisingly easy to make. And while I don’t recommend grilling these, they’re still the perfect summertime veggie burger. Which speaking of summertime, how was everyone’s weekend? This weekend could not have been more beautiful weather wise. We had sunny skies and highs in the seventies and while I was stuck inside working most of the time (so backed up on what I like to call “computer work”), I snuck out for a bit on Saturday to pick some lilacs with Asher in the late evening sunshine. It was perfection.

I’m hoping you guys had a much more eventful weekend, and maybe even made some margarita popsicles?! If you didn’t those should probably be on your to-do list for this coming weekend. <–dad would love them for Father’s Day. Just sayin’.

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

OK, but these burgers. Are they too much? I know there’s of a lot going on, but hey, isn’t that kind of true HBH style? Loaded recipes with lots happening and plenty of deliciousness. I mean, right?

RIGHT.

Here’s the deal. Originally this burger started out as a simple cauliflower burger with some tzatziki (FYI I absolutely hate spelling tzatziki…least favorite word to spell at the moment), but as I was building the burger it just felt kind of boring. Sure the patties were delicious and can totally be eaten as is, but I wanted to take the burger from really good, to really freaking amazing.

SO, I opened the fridge, saw the feta and then it hit me.

Um, duh, FRIED FETA cheese! It is a Greek inspired burger after all, and Greek recipes are just better with feta. Tell me, what’s not made better with feta?

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The burgers are a mix up of cauliflower, walnuts, quinoa, herbs, and spices. I used an egg to bind them together and that was it! I will say that you have to be gentle while cooking these burgers because they are delicate and don’t fully firm up until they have cooled slightly after cooking. As long as you are aware of that, and are careful when handling them, you’ll be good to go! I know it’s kind of a pain, but trust me, these burgers are worth it!

PS. the leftover patties are SO good crumbled over a salad or placed into a hard shell taco. Yum and YUM!

To make handling the burgers easier, stick them in the fridge or freezer for a bit before cooking. If you’re short on time, you can skip this, but chilling them makes them a million times easier to cook. Plus, while they patties chill, I like to make the tomato salsa, which is simply cherry tomatoes, olives, basil, salt and pepper. Simplicity is key when it comes to tomatoes.

Then just cook up the burgers in a skillet, pan fry the feta (it’s super easy!) and assemble. You can use homemade tzatziki, store-bought (I’ve heard great things about Trader Joe’s tzatziki) or just plain greek yogurt. I decided to grill/toast whole grain bread to keep the burgers on the lighter side, and I ended up loving the less bready feel and the crunch from the edges of the bread.

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Be sure not to skip the feta. Honestly, the fried cheese is everything. Of course the burger is delicious, and the tomato salsa is the perfect topping, but the cheese is the game changer. If I were you, I’d double the amount of feta…but then I am just slightly obsessed with cheese.

OH, and if you run into the issue of stacking things too high…which I clearly did, just leave the top piece of bread off and eat this open-faced. You could even dive into it with a fork and knife. But come on, it’s summer have some fun…embrace the messy burger.

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 378 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 6 pieces whole grain bread, toasted
  • Tzatziki or yogurt, lettuce, and cucumber, for serving

Tomato Olive Salsa

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup mixed olives pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    2. On a baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, 2 tablespoons olive oil, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Add the walnuts, toss, and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Remove and let cool. 
    3. Add the cauliflower and walnuts to a food processor with the egg and quinoa. Pulse until combined. Pat the mixture into 6 even patties. The mixture will be sticky. If time allows, place in the fridge to chill, at least one hour or in the freezer for 15 minutes to make them easier to handle. 
    4. Meanwhile, make the salsa. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, 2 tablespoons olive oil, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. 
    5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about a drizzle of olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add 2-3 patties at a time and cook until lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes, flip and cook another 5-8 minutes or until firm. Repeat with the remaining patties. Note: these burgers are delicate, be careful when flipping.
    6. In the same skillet, add another drizzle of olive oil. Add the feta slices and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, flip and cook until browned, about 1 minute. 
    7. To serve, spread each piece of bread with Tzatziki. Add the burger, fried feta, salsa, and cucumber. Add the top piece of bread. EAT.

Notes

*If you are having trouble frying these I recommend one, either forming them into small, slider size patties for easier flipping OR two, baking then in a 400 degrees oven for 35-45 minutes or until firm and crisp, flipping them halfway through cooking. Allow the patties to sit 5-10 minutes before assembling the burgers.

Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

It’s worth it!

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    1. Hey Aeron,
      So sorry the nuts are key to this recipe. Please let me know if I can help in any other way! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    A big winner in our house! The kids loved the burgers and the fried feta. The roasted cauliflower is great on it’s own too 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  2. How did you get the feta so crispy ?
    Did you use a cast iron skillet?
    ?? Veggie oil or olive ?
    Mine was so delicious but didn’t have that color

    1. I use a cast iron skillet with olive oil. Let me know if you have other questions. So glad you love the burgers! 🙂

  3. How did you get the feta so crispy ?
    Did you use a cast iron skillet?
    Deep fried or pan ?? Veggie oil or olive ?
    Mine was so delicious but didn’t have that color

  4. I think these are my favorite veggie burgers ever! Even my boyfriend, who claims to hate both quinoa and cauliflower is obsessed with these! We froze leftovers and they reheated in a pan beautifully. The fried feta just takes them to the next level. Thanks so much for this recipe!!

  5. Hi, I’m excited to try these! When do you add the garlic? Do you roast w cauliflower or just add to food processor afterwards? Thanks!

    1. Hey Heather! You roast the garlic with the cauliflower and then add it to the food processor. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the burgers! 🙂

    1. Hi! No feta does not melt when heated. It will get just slightly melty, but nothing like mozzarella or other melty cheeses. It’s very easy to pan fry. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this recipe! 🙂

  6. I love cauli burgers! Thanks for the motivation to remake my favorite one, a fun change up from beef!

  7. oh my gawd, your cauliflower burger patties are perfect!! how do you get them perfectly round like that?! they don’t even look homemade, wow!!! Delicious!

  8. You said you had a veggie burger coming up, and this one is killer! Love the pan fried feta and that salsa sounds so good – can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  9. Sounds delicious, but could you please provide the nutritional values. I am doing www and would like to know how many smart orients. Thanks so much

    1. Hey Di! So sorry but I do not calculate the nutritional value for my recipes. I find that putting the ingredients into an online calculator works for most people. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions & I hope you love this!

  10. These burgers sound awesome Tieghan! Love that pan fried feta and the olive tomato salad.

  11. OMG! This looks soooo delicious! I will be making this week!
    Btw, can’t wait till your book comes out!
    Have a great day!

  12. Absolutely love these Tieghan. That cauliflower patty looks so hearty and perfect for a burger. And yes… feta. All the feta… ?

  13. fried feta?! that sounds sososo good. and the tomato olive salsa sounds like it’d be good on all sorts of things besides these burgers, too (i’m thinking pan-fried salmon!).

  14. I didn’t know that you can fry Feta Cheese. This sounds so amazingly delicious!