If you are looking for a healthy recipe that can easily be made ahead, these Quinoa Patties are a great option! They are gluten-free, can be baked and have a vegan option. Both kids and adults love this Quinoa Patties Recipe!
As a mom, there are a hand full of recipes that have been a game changer for me.
Quinoa Patties are one of them.
The boys were little when I started making them, and getting them to eat healthily was even more of a struggle than it is today.
Neither of them have ever been big fans of quinoa, but as much as I love it I was determined to find ways to incorporate it into their diet.
At first, I was strictly adding quinoa to pancakes, cookies, and muffins. I felt pretty sneaky, but it was worth it knowing that my then-gradeschoolers were getting quality nutrition. (Even if there was sugar involved.)
Then I ran across a recipe for Quinoa Patties in Heidi Swanson’s cookbook, Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
It felt like a long shot, but surprisingly both of them liked the quinoa patties and they quickly became a regular in our rotation. This recipe is an adaptation of Heidi’s original, and I’ve gone on to create dozens of other quinoa patty recipes.
More than seven years later, quinoa patties are still a family favorite.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions for Quinoa Patties:
- Can You Freeze Quinoa Patties?
Yes! Quinoa Patties freeze beautifully for up to three months. To freeze, place the patties on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover. Freeze in a single layer until solid. At this point you can transfer them to any freezer-safe container.
- How Do You Make Quinoa Patties Stick Together?
The breadcrumbs and egg help this quinoa patty recipe stick together. You want the proper balance between being moist without being too wet. When cooking, it is important to make sure the first side is brown before you attempt to flip them. Look for the bottom edges to be golden brown and then flip.
- What Sauce Should I Serve with Quinoa Patties?
A variety of sauces go well with quinoa patties. Some to try:
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Tools for Making this Quinoa Recipe:
- 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 4 large eggs beaten (or flax eggs)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or Chipotle Chili Powder optional
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup fresh chives chopped or parsley (I use a blend)
- 1 onion chopped fine
- 2/3 cup fresh Parmesan grated (or 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast and 2 tablespoons vegan cheese)
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 cup breadcrumbs gluten free
- avocado oil for cooking (About 2 tablespoons)
- In a medium bowl combine quinoa, eggs, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stir in chives, onion, parmesan, and garlic.
- Add breadcrumbs and stir until well combined. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
- Form into patties. You and make them any size you like - I prefer to keep them small because it makes for easy flipping.
- The mixture should be very moist. You may need to add water or extra breadcrumbs to moisten or make the mixture dryer.
- Place a large skillet over medium low heat. Heat avocado 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.
- 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.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack, keeping your spatula handy to fend off family members who try to steal them.
Tips & Tricks for Making Quinoa Patties
- Cooking time can vary depending on the type of pan and stove you are using. My cast iron skillet on a gas stove cooks faster than a regular skillet on an electric stove. I recommend checking the patties after the first 5 minutes. They are ready to flip when they are golden brown.
Making Vegan Quinoa Patties
- The quinoa patties will not hold together as well when using flax eggs. Be careful when you are flipping!
Making Baked Quinoa Patties
- These Quinoa Patties may be baked, but they will not come out as crispy. I recommend spraying them with oil. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes; flip and bake for 7 more minutes.
Variations for Quinoa Patties
- A variety of cheeses will work well in place of the Parmesan. I love goat cheese and feta, but cheddar, swiss and mozzarella are nice as well.
- My boys have loved garlic since they were little, but if garlic isn't something your family loves, feel free to reduce or omit. You can also use 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of garlic powder if you don't have fresh garlic on hand.
- If you would like to add a little kick, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Serving Suggestions for this Quinoa Patties RecipeThese Quinoa Patties are a meal in and of themselves. (I also love them as a snack and have been known to eat them cold from the fridge.) For dinner, I recommend serving them with a green salad, roasted broccoli or green beans.
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