Quinoa Patties

quinoa-patties-3Today I am going to share the most amazing recipe for quinoa patties with you.    It comes from my most recent cookbook acquisition, Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day.

If you follow food blogs, you probably know of Heidi.  She’s the creator of the wildly popular website 101 Cookbooks, which is her personal cooking journal.  Her amazing talent is nothing short of genius.  There are very few people who write about food – online or off – who couldn’t learn a thing or two from her.

I ordered her cookbook from Amazon and was about to bust waiting for it to arrive.  I was actually going to get it at the bookstore but it was cheaper on Amazon so I made myself wait.

Have I ever mentioned that I’m not a bit patient?  My five year old has more patience that I do.

Although there are not that many quinoa recipes in the book and that disappointed me, I’m absolutely in love with the cookbook and want to make just about every single recipe in it.  And for the lack of volume of quinoa recipes Heidi certainly made up with it in quantity.  All I can say is….WOW!

quinoa patties

I actually made these two days in a row – which is saying something because I have a stack of recipes that I want to make that I honestly couldn’t cook through in a year.  Generally speaking I don’t like to eat the same thing more than once a week. (Edit: I’ve made these four times now.)

The first pan full I made didn’t stay together but they were still absolutely delicious.  I switched to a non-stick skillet (which I almost never use) and the second batch came out nicely. Since them I learned that the issue is that you have to let them get really brown on the bottom before you flip them.  Now I’m back to my regular skillet.

They taste like hash browns or potato cakes or …something very unhealthy.  I almost felt guilty eating them until I reminded myself that they were, in fact, healthy.

A tip from the cookbook that really helped was to press the quinoa patties down into the pan so that as much of that patties as possible browns.

Lightly adapted from Super Natural Every Day

Quinoa Patties

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Yield: 6

Calories per serving: 237

Fat per serving: 12.2

Quinoa Patties


  • 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 large eggs, beaten (or flax eggs)
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Himalayan Salt
  • 2/3 cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan, grated (or 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast and 2 tablespoons vegan cheese)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or Chipotle Chili Powder (optional)
  • 1 cup whole grain breadcrumbs (or gluten free bread crumbs)
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a medium bowl combine quinoa, eggs, and salt. Stir in garlic, chives, onion, cheese and cayenne pepper. Add breadcrumbs and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Form into 1 inch patties. The mixture should be very moist. You may need to add water or extra breadcrumbs to moisten or make the mixture dryer.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium low heat. Heat olive oil. Add as many patties as your skillet can handle, being careful not to overload it so that you have trouble flipping the quinoa patties.
  4. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes your patties aren't brown turn the heat up and cook (carefully to avoid burning) until they brown. Flip and cook for 7 more minutes on the other side.
  5. Allow to cool on a wire rack, keeping your spatula handy to fend off family members who try to steal them.


Saturated Fat 2.5g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 146mg Sodium 306mg Total Carbohydrates 27.8g Dietary Fiber 3.5g Sugars 1.6g Protein 12.2g

Please note that these patties do not hold together as well when using flax eggs.


Do you have a favorite recipe for quinoa patties?

  • Maria Catanzaro

    OMG THOSE LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again for another wonderful recipe!!!

    • Wendy Polisi

      You are so welcome… I hope you enjoy it!  Wendy

  • Nancy Fairchild

    These patties look and sound delicious. Do you have any recipes for red quinoa or can you use the red in the same recipes you feature?

    • Wendy Polisi

      You can use red quinoa in any quinoa recipe.  Red quinoa is a little firmer than white and doesn't absorb water quite as easily.  I like to cook it with a little less water (maybe 15% less) but experiment and find out how you like it.  I often mix red and white quinoa together.  (In fact these patties had a tiny bit of red quinoa in them.  When I buy it I usually just dump it all in together.

  • soumynona

    I would love to see a recipe for a Quinoa loaf. It is very difficult to find a good recipe for any kind of vegetarian loaf that isn't made from mostly beans. Anyone out there have a Quinoa Loaf recipe?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hmmm…. I've never made quinoa loaf before but I'd be happy to play around with it and see what I can come up with.  Any thoughts on what you'd like to see in it?

    • Emily

      http://www.veganlunchbox.com/loaf_studio.html – has some ideas. there are still beans, but maybe you could reduce the amount.

  • soumynona

    Would brown rice instead of bread crumbs yield less carbs?

    • Wendy Polisi

      It all depends on what kind of bread crumbs you are using I guess.  Brown rice would be healthier that store bought white crumbs.  I always make my own bread crumbs unless a recipe calls for panko.  Its typically a mixture of quinoa bread that I've made, Ezekiel bread and whole wheat.  

  • Beth

    These look delicious! Can't wait to try them!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Beth, I hope you enjoy!

  • Ami

    Wow! These look and sound very yummy. Can't wait to try them.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks!  I hope you like them…I thought these quinoa patties were VERY yummy….hope you do too!

  • Cathy

    I prepared these for supper tonight and they are beyond awesome. Simply delicious!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yeah!  I'm so glad you liked them as much as I did.

  • Alison Mitchell

    I tried these tonight and they were great! I accidentally forgot the garlic in the 1st 3 and it was great without it. I worried a bit about cooking in oil, but they were awesome!

    • Wendy Polisi

      I'm glad you enjoyed them.  I think this is one of those recipes that you can play around with.  I love blue cheese burgers and since I don't eat meat anymore I'm planning on trying to make blue cheese quinoa patties!

  • Sherry

    I cannot eat gluten. Any suggestions for what to add in the place of the bread crumbs? I'm curious as to whether the brown rice mentioned above would work.

    • Marc

      You can use bread crumbs made out of rice bread. We use Orgran brand

    • Wendy Polisi

      Gluten free bread, gluten free breadcrumbs or quinoa flakes chopped up in the blender would work.

  • Blisse

    Oh my goodness! These look delicious! I'll be making them this weekend!

  • Shirley Scoggins-Dukes

    Thank you very much for posting this recipe. I have been looking for a Quinoa patty recipe. This one looked REALLY good. Well, I made these last night…but added a 6 oz can of salmon. They are GREAT!!! ♥ I didn't cook the whole batch so, I can't WAIT to get home this evening to have more. These are simply fabulous!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yeah! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

  • mkhawk

    These are delicious. There are many ways to vary it. Occasionally I use wheat bran in place of the bread crumbs. Lots of fiber and good for the cholesterol.

  • rohini

    I make similar rice patties. same method, just use rice instead of quinoa.

  • Jaine

    I just made them. It seems like the longer the mixture sits together before they are cooked, the better they taste! I'm planning to add these to my Thanksgiving menu. I've got a couple of family members that are vegetarian and I think they'll enjoy this as an appetizer! :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      Glad you enjoyed them! I agree – these are great when the flavors combine. I sometimes make up the mixture ahead of time and keep in in the fridge until I am ready to cook.

  • Nadia

    These look great. I don't eat dairy. Do they taste good without the cheese or has anyone tried adding something else instead of cheese?

    • Wendy Polisi

      You can leave the cheese off, or substitute vegan cheese.  A couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast would be nice, but not necessary.  

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    • Cinnamongirl

      You can add boiled mashed or grated potato in place of cheese. Potato tends to hold or bind the mixture from falling apart.
      goodluck. :)

  • Gabriella Giménez Jurado-Blanco

    I made these for lunch today and they were delicious but comparing with your photos I think I could have used some more cheese. It was a bit of a rush to get the quinoa cooked first and assemble the whole thing but in the end it was very worthwhile. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Glad you enjoyed them!  One of the best things about quinoa patties is that they are so easy to customize.  Experiment with more or less cheese, different spices, etc!

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  • Hollie Pawlak

    these look delicious! i am definitely going to make these

  • Sarah

    If I wanted to freeze some of the left over patties, would it be better to do so before or after cooking them? Any recommendations on the best way to reheat the patties? I'm cooking for one, and not so good with the leftovers!

    • Wendy Polisi

      I think either would work but I'd probably freeze them after I cooked them for convience sake. Enjoy!

  • CKeeley

    Oh, my. Tried these tonight and they are so very good. Even my hubby (who dislikes quinoa) went back for seconds. Thanks!

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad you enjoyed them! This is definitely one of my favorites too!

  • Lisa

    I don't like parmesan cheese – is there something you could suggest to replace it with? These look so delicious!

    • JoAnna

      Nutritional yeast flakes are a great substitute for parmesan flavor for toppings like pizza, or spaghetti sauce. I am going to make a batch of Q patties tonight and will try that.

  • Pamela Bell

    I missed the "cooked" quinoa part and used raw. However, I loved the crunchy texture but my husband did not. I'm wondering if the nutritional benefits were lost. Anyone know?

    • Wendy Polisi

      No, the nutritional benefits were still there! If you are going to enjoy quinoa raw I highly recommend soaking it for six or so hours first. This starts the sprouting process and makes it much easier on the stomach.

  • Paula

    The only bread I keep in the house is Ezekiel low sodium, would you recommend baking it crumbled before adding as an ingredient?

    • Wendy Polisi

      I would bake it for 10-15 minutes to dry it out.

  • @xtinaluvspink

    These turned out really quite well! Though they need more seasoning and flavor. My roommates and I were happily surprised with these little patties, and they're so filling too! Only three of us though, so there are leftovers…I think I'll just reheat in the frying pan for lunch tomorrow.

  • Deniza

    What if you bake them instead of frying? Does that work?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yes, you can bake them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Flip them half way through.

  • Michael

    Just made these a few minutes ago and I have to say they are a very nice surprise. I didn't have all the exact ingredients but in the end they worked out great. I would consider throwing these on a bun and eating them as a veggie burger. Great recipe!

  • Kate

    Okay, this is crazy good! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I've had an enormous bag of quinoa from Costco (ginormous!) and was at a loss for what to do with all of it! We will go back to this recipe again and again. So so very happy. We served it with a dollop of sour cream and went light on the cayenne to keep the younger troops satisfied. A real family fave.

  • Angela

    So glad I found this. I do have another favorite quinoa patty recipe but the site must have been hacked and is now flagged as fraudulent, so I can't get back to the recipe. Can't wait to try this one!

    Has anyone used regular salt or sea salt instead of the Himalayan salt?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hi Angela!  Any salt will work – I just recommend Himalayan or Celtic for health purposes.I hope you enjoy!

  • Gtot

    I decided to add rosemary… I'm… Speechless… Right now… Lol! It is amazing! I really recommend it, it really amps it up! I just added about a tablespoon or 1.5 tbsp of fresh, finely chopped rosemary just before adding the onions, so that it would be all the way through the patties. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Sounds fantastic!

  • Jen

    These are delicious! I laughed at the part about using the spatula to fend off your family members… and then it was true! Everytime I went to put a few more on the rack, some were missing. My husband and 3 year old son loved them! I was very pleased with this recipe and have already shared it with friends.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Jen – Glad to hear that my family isn't the only one who steals these faster than I can cook them. Glad you all enjoyed!

  • CDC

    These are great – I made gluten and dairy free – also used chia seeds with water to replace the eggs for an extra bit of healthy :)
    Fantastic! Thanks so much for this recipe and your site – love it!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed them! I make these with chia seeds these days too! :)

  • Ida

    Tried making these tonight and while I LOVED the taste, they were a wee bit dry. Any ideas??

  • Deborah

    Was referred to this recipe by my daughter – YUM! Put a Tblsp. of reduced fat sour cream and it reminded me of potato pancakes! Definitely will keep this recipe.

  • Karen

    This is the first of your MANY recipes that I've tried that was a bust. The patties stuck to the frying pan, then fell apart. I had a hard time making them into patties in the first place. Could it be because I used egg whites instead of whole eggs? I baked the second batch, but they still fell apart and didn't really brown much. My mouth has been watering all day for these – so disappointed. On the good side, as with everything else I've made from your site, they tasted delicious! Just told my husband to turn down the lights so we couldn't see the mess on our plates!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Sorry this didn't work out for you! Egg whites don't have the thickness to hold quinoa patties together. You are better off using flax eggs which are still quite sticky. (Even then – nothing is going to hold these together as well as whole eggs.) You would also need to make sure you pay attention to the moisture level of the patties when changing a recipe like this. They should be pretty wet and easy to make into patties. If they aren't, you need to add more liquid.

  • Sandra Griffin

    I made these gems tonight for dinner ~ oh WOW!! I added curry powder to my mixture and my family really liked them! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad your enjoyed them – this is a favorite around our house too! I will have to try them with curry powder.

      • Sandra Griffin

        FYI – they make a fabulous breakfast, too! 😀

        • Wendy Polisi

          That is such a great point! I love knowing I have these waiting for me for breakfast!

  • Emma

    Sweet- thanks for the tip! I want to try making these now- vegan style of course 😉

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hope you enjoy Emma! When you make them vegan it is especially important to make sure the crust is brown before you flip.

  • TheDreadedWoodenSpoon

    These look delish and I’d love to try them. What are some good vegan sides to serve them with?

    • Wendy Polisi

      I love these with either a simple salad or garlic roasted broccoli.

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  • Wendy Polisi

    That's a great point!  I make potato pancakes with quinoa quite often!

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