I am so excited to share this recipe with you tonight. Not only did I really, really like these quinoa patties…but BOTH of my three year old boys did, too!! That right there tells you something! They always refuse to eat quinoa when it’s served to them, but this time they each ate their entire serving…and asked for more! I’m pretty pumped about this, can you tell??? 🙂 My husband thought they were good, too (but after I told him how much I liked them for probably the fifth or sixth time, I think he was sick of hearing about it… ha). My daughter wouldn’t try them, but I think she would have liked it, too, had she actually taken a bite. 😉
You can serve these quinoa patties two ways: Plain…
Or like a burger (made awesome served on my honey whole wheat buns)…
I tried both ways and they were each excellent. Yum! I’m already excited to make these again soon. And if my boys will eat quinoa (which is filled with protein and fiber), you know this is a recipe I’ll keep making!!
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa* (I used organic red quinoa from Costco, but regular would work just as well)
- 2 eggs (local, pastured is ideal – I buy mine from Honored Prairie)
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (I used homemade) (To make these gluten-free, substitute 1/2 cup gluten-free quick cooking oats**)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 T olive oil
Mix all ingredients (except oil) together. Form into patties. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. When hot, add patties and cook on one side until set up and then flip and cook the other side. Serve hot and enjoy!
I enjoyed the flavor of these patties all by themselves, but you could serve them with a little tomato sauce (or even pizza sauce), if you like. And if you eat them like burgers (because they set up very nicely), a little melted cheese on top is all you really need. Either way, these were a big hit in our house!
*I made quinoa earlier in the week to serve with another recipe so I was simply using up the already cooked leftovers. However, to save you time…if you only want to make this recipe, 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa = 1 1/2 cups cooked.
**When I used the gluten-free oats, they didn’t hold together as well when I was trying to shape them into patties, but once they cook on one side, they firm up nicely and it’s not an issue. Either method will work!
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