Quinoa patties

Quinoa patties

I’m one of those annoying quinoa fanatics. I spend time looking up different things to do with it, I’ve used all the exciting colours and usually have them on hand. It’s like a vegetarian cheat code for easy protein and iron and calcium and all things that are good.

So, I love it and, despite flipping things being one of my great cooking weaknesses, I quite like these patties. They’re fairly quick to cook up, a good use of left over quinoa and are one of the few patties or burgers I’ve found that doesn’t involve using a food processor. They’re loosely based on these ones but I found that recipe a bit bland so took the basic idea and ran with it.


Quinoa patties

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 tsp garlic paste or 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 capsicum, diced small
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup steamed cauliflower (mashed)
  • ½ cup spring onions
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp white sugar (or other sweetener)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying (I used rice bran but canola would be fine)


  1. Place all vegetables, cheese and spices in a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, one egg, some of the flour and stir. I had a very organic ratio going as I made these – mainly because I couldn’t fit everything in the one bowl and still stir it. You want the mixture to be a little stiff rather than runny.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan and use a tablespoon to create patties (for reasons of messy hands rather than portioning or shaping!). Fry until golden– about 2-3 minutes each side.
  3. Rinse and repeat, replenishing your mix with flour, eggs, and other mix bits you couldn’t fit in the bowl as you go.


Tip: If you are doing the replenish bowl mixing version like I was it’s important to keep topping up the spices and salt/pepper as well. These burgers get really bland, really fast – err on over-spiced rather than under.


2 thoughts on “Quinoa patties

  1. These look really yummy! Have you had a chance to try recipes from the cookbooks Quinoa 365 or Quinoa Revolution? I have both, and they’re REALLY great. All the recipe’s I’ve tried so far turned out great. There’s a moist quinoa chocolate cake that’s really yummy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. No, I haven’t! Honestly, when I buy cookbooks I tend to get giant tomes that cover everything rather than more narrow or niche books, I really should start trying to get more balance 🙂

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