These Quinoa Burgers are a delicious vegetarian alternative to a classic burger. Made with quinoa, cottage cheese, and fresh vegetables, these quinoa burgers are hearty, healthy, high in protein, and gluten-free.
Quinoa Burgers are not your typically Veggie Burger. They are not made with beans. There are no added breadcrumbs or oats. They are not dense or heavy.
Instead, quinoa serves as the base for these burgers, giving them a unique texture and pumping the burger full of protein and fiber. And because quinoa is naturally gluten-free, these burgers are gluten-free as well.
But more importantly, this spin on a veggie burger is absolutely delicious! The quinoa gives this burger incredible texture and the cottage cheese adds tang, a bit of cheesy flavor, and keeps these burgers from drying out. Crisped up in the oven, the exterior gets golden and a bit crispy, giving the burgers the perfect texture.
How to Make Quinoa Burgers
Step One: Make Quinoa
You will need two cups of cooked quinoa to prepare these burgers. You can use leftover quinoa you have on hand, or prepare quinoa in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Just be sure to allow your quinoa to cool to the touch before proceeding with preparing your burgers to prevent the hot quinoa from scrambling the egg. A great hack is to spread the quinoa out onto a sheet pan and pop it in the freezer--it will be ready in 5 minutes!
Step Two: Form Burgers
Once the quinoa has cooled, you will want to combine it with the remaining ingredients. The mixture is a bit delicate, so I have found that it is best to scoop the quinoa mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then use slightly damp hands to shape it into a "burger patty."
Step Three: Bake
The easiest way to cook these quinoa burgers is to bake them. Bake for 20 minutes on one side, flip the burgers, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
Step Four: Serve
Serve the Quinoa Burgers on a lettuce wrap or on a bun with toppings of your choice. I personally prefer tomatoes, lettuce, and a bit of mustard. Don't forget to complete the meal with a side of Homemade Oven Fries, Creamy Cucumber Salad, or Homemade Baked Beans.
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- 1 ½ cups dry quinoa
- 3 cups water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 large zucchini grated
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tbs minced garlic
- Prepare quinoa by bringing placing dry quinoa, water, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.
- Measure out 2 cups of cooked quinoa and spread it out on a sheet pan to cool for 10-20 minutes before preparing burgers.
Prepare Quinoa Burgers
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease well with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, seasonings, cottage cheese, parsley, and carrot together until well combined. Add the cooled quinoa and thoroughly mix.
- Line Scoop ¼ cup of the quinoa mixture unto the tray, forming 12 mounds in total, spaced 4 inches apart. Using slightly damp hands, form the mound into a burger shape, that is about ½-inch thick. Spray with a cooking oil on the top of burgers.
- Bake the burger patties for 20-25 minutes on the first side, Remove from the oven, gently flip, return to the oven, and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and set.
- These burgers do not hold up well to grilling. They achieve the best texture when baked at a high temperature. However, they can be pan-fried over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes per side, if desired.
- Leftover Quinoa Burgers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. They are best reheated in a skillet over medium heat or in a 400-degree oven until warmed through.