There are a couple of secrets to great quinoa patties. The first is starting with a pan that is already heated. Depending on your stove, this can mean allowing your pan to heat for 10 to 15 minutes before you add the oil. Secondly, you want to make sure that a golden crust has formed before you flip the patties. You will be able to see the edges start to turn brown and the patties will look noticeably dryer on top.