Quinoa Patties

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??? ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband thought they wereย good, too (but after I told him how much I liked themย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can serve these quinoa patties two ways: Plain…

Quinoa Patties

Or like a burger (made awesome served on my honey whole wheat buns)…

Quinoa Burgers

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!!

Quinoa Patties


  • 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, substituteย 1/2 cupย 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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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

30 thoughts on “Quinoa Patties

  1. Hi LeAnn,
    I have only made quinoa a few times. I’ve read about toasting quinoa first before cooking and also cooking in broth as opposed to water. What are your thoughts? How do you usually prepare yours just as a side dish? Any tips to yum it up a bit? Add anything to it? I’m thinking it’s kind of like a brown rice side. I have a big bag from Costco that stares at me all the time, I just haven’t figured out what to do with it yet. I’m thinking of trying the above recipe, but maybe as a side dish to see how they go over. Thanks in advance for your thoughts. I enjoy reading your posts.

    1. Hi Brittany! Glad you enjoy my posts–thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never toasted quinoa before cooking it, so I can’t give any type of opinion on that. I’ve only cooked it in water, so far…but I bet chicken broth would be good, too! I simply cook it just like the bag suggests (1 cup quinoa per 2 cups water). I either eat it underneath the main dish (like my cashew chicken) or mixed in to Quinoa Chili OR I simply drizzle it with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt. (I admit…I’ve also been known to melt a little cheese on mine… Not very sophisticated, though, I know!) ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought the big bag from Costco, too, so I’m sure I’ll be coming up with lots of recipes that use it in the near future! This recipe was definitely a winner, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These are so good, LeAnn! My whole family loved them. As we were eating them, I explained that you had suggested this recipe to me as a good vegetarian dinner option. My son said, “Mom, you have to congratulate that lady. These are so good!” High praise from a child who has never appreciated quinoa before. The kids made me promise that I’d make these again. Thanks for the great, simple recipe.

    1. I am so happy your whole family liked these, Annemarie! And I love the compliment from your son–that’s great! Thanks for the feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I just made these and they were so delicious! I was a little adventurous and doubled the recipe and cooked half in coconut oil–so good! I love quinoa. I usually just cook it in chicken broth or make a quinoa salad, so this was a nice change.

    1. So glad you enjoyed them, Andrea! And thanks for sharing the feedback with me…makes me happy to hear! And great idea to cook them in coconut oil. I will have to try that next time!

  4. I made these for dinner tonight and topped with a little leftover pizza sauce (from when we made homemade pizzas a few nights ago) and some mozzarella cheese. They were AMAZING! Hubby and teenage son even liked them and said I should make them again

  5. Love this idea (and your blog, which I just discovered)! I’m always looking for new ways to cook quinoa and share with people. Will definitely try this on my husband and kiddos. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And, if you’re alright with it, I’d love to share it on my blog – of course with the proper credit.

    Thanks and keep up the great posts!

    1. Hi Crystal! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I would definitely be okay with you sharing on your blog! I think this recipe is awesome (especially so because my twin boys LOVE it). I hope your family likes it as much as we do!

  6. These were delicious! A quick and easy thing to make for dinner. I love how they crisped up nice and brown, yummy!

    1. Hi Vanessa! So sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to you. Hmm…I’ve never baked them in the oven before, but I think it might work! I don’t see why not…but I’ve never tried. If you try them this way, I would LOVE to hear how they turn out for you. And as far as making them day ahead, I also don’t know for sure. I would think it could work, but not sure if things would get too soggy/mushy?? Sorry I’m really not much help at all! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve only made them the one way.

  7. And could I combine all the ingredients the day before and keep them in the fridge until the next day?

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