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Mediterranean Quinoa Patties. How to Make a Gluten and Wheat Free Main Course or Appy.

Updated on April 22, 2013
Quinoa patties served with lemon yogurt sauce and salad.
Quinoa patties served with lemon yogurt sauce and salad. | Source

A tasty and healthy alternative to a veggie burger

Make these tasty quinoa cakes as a main or create smaller ones for an appetizer. Serve with a sauce of your choice or use the lemon yogurt sauce recipe included here. The patties are simple to make - just remember to allow time for chilling before you cook them. The quinoa patties can also be made in advance and cooked later.

How to make Quinoa Patties

Set aside cooked quinoa, strain and let cool in sieve
Set aside cooked quinoa, strain and let cool in sieve | Source
Cook onions and garlic in skillet until soft, add chopped spinach and cook until mixture is dry.  Set aside to cool and prepare egg mixture.
Cook onions and garlic in skillet until soft, add chopped spinach and cook until mixture is dry. Set aside to cool and prepare egg mixture. | Source
Whisk eggs with a fork
Whisk eggs with a fork | Source
Whisk in rice four , salt and pepper, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and baking powder.
Whisk in rice four , salt and pepper, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and baking powder. | Source
Add Quinoa and spinach/onion mixture to egg mixture and combine with a spoon
Add Quinoa and spinach/onion mixture to egg mixture and combine with a spoon | Source
Put patties on waxed paper into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes before cooking
Put patties on waxed paper into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes before cooking | Source
Cook Quinoa patties in remaining olive oil in a skillet.  Turn two to three times.  Cook for about 8-10 mins in total.
Cook Quinoa patties in remaining olive oil in a skillet. Turn two to three times. Cook for about 8-10 mins in total. | Source
Stir in the spring/green chopped onions into the yogurt and lemon juice.
Stir in the spring/green chopped onions into the yogurt and lemon juice. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 1 hour 12 min
Yields: 6 large patties or 12 small patties

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup quinoa - washed, cooked and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion - yellow or red chooped
  • pinch of x 2 salt and ground back pepper, (use 1 x each in both sauce and patties)
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach leaves, chopped roughly
  • 2-3 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp brown or white rice flour
  • 1 flat tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 lemon - grate rind and separate juice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds or chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 cup natural greek yogurt
  • 2-3 green or spring onions finely chopped

Method

  1. Cook quinoa in either water or vegetable stock. Add 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning. Set aside and cool in a strainer.
  2. Roughly chop spinach, onions and garlic. In a skillet, using half the olice oil, cook onions and garlic until soft and add spinach. Cook until the mixture is dry. Set aside to cool.
  3. Beat eggs with a fork, add salt and ground pepper, paremsan cheese, rice flour, baking powder and lemon rind. When combined, fold in quinoa and spinach mixture.
  4. Form mixture into patties and place on wax paper on a baking sheet. Cool in fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the lemon yogurt sauce. Mix yogurt, lemon juice and salt and pepper together, add chopped spring/green onions and set aside in fridge.
  6. Heat remaining oil in a skillet and cook patties turning two or three times for about 8-10 minutes. Serve 2 small or large patties per person as an appy or a main, with salad and lemon yogurt, or other preferred sauce. Delicious!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Excellent recipe. Step-by-step is making the cooking more easy. Good recipe, thanks for the share!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This recipe looks good. I bought some quinoa recently and made one recipe, which was not very good. I have been looking for some better recipes to use quinoa, so this timing is perfect.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      My cook book gold you like the recipe. Thanks.

      Pamela99 quinoa can be a little gritty if not pre washed and cooked well. I hope this works for you. Thanks for stopping by. Liza

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      Pooja S 4 years ago from Toronto

      wow..it looks nice

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This looks delicious Lizam! I discovered quinoa about 2 years ago but never thought of creating quinoa patties! I have to try those when my "vegetarian" son comes to visit!

      Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Kidscraft thanks for the visit. I hope your son likes them when he visits you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Liz, I have yet to try another recipe with quinoa. I am tempted after seeing your post here with the wonderful recipe example. The benefits of this grain should motivate me to try it soon.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      hi teaches12345 (by the way I am Liza) quinoa can be gritty if not cooked properly - I usually cook as for rice, doubling the quantity of water to grain and covering after its boiled on a low heat for about 20 minutes.

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      I've never tried quinoa however you make it look delish. Definitely going to jot down this recipe and buy the ingredients. Might be a great Memorial Day treat. I'll keep you posted and thanks for helping to propel me on my healthy eating journey. vote up!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Live life worry free. Thanks for the comment I hope you enjoy the patties.

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