cheesy quinoa burger

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I’ve jumped on the quinoa train just about a year ago now when my aunt made it for me when I went to visit her in Naples, Florida. And I loved it ever since. I usually make it just by boiling it in vegetable broth and adding spinach in at the end. This is the first time I ever tried a recipe with it, and after a few mishaps, the end result was well wort it.


2 rounded cups cooked quinoa

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other variety, if you prefer)

1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1 medium carrot, finely grated (OR 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed dry)

3 eggs

3 tablespoons all purpose flour (I used rice flour)

2 green onions, including white parts

1 /2 teaspoon Splenda or sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Olive oil for frying


In a large bowl combine the cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, Splenda, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder.


Add your 2 rounded cups warm quinoa (warm works best so the cheese melts a bit).


Then add the cheese.


Mix all together.


(To help them stay in patty form and not fall apart, I cook them on med-low slowly so they have longer to set-up without burning. Makes them easier to flip, too.) Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Mixture will be slightly sticky, so using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop mixture into pan and lightly flatten to 1/2 inch thick.


Fry until golden-brown, about 4-5 minutes on each side (until browned). Makes approx. 10 burgers.


Served with “fry sauce” (tomato/mayo mixture) & fresh avocados.


This little guy turned out in a little heart shape:


Also, made this soup with leftover chicken breast to accompany these burgers:

Creamy Turkey Green Chile Soup

Recipe found here


Linking up with Katie and Steph for Saw it. Pinned it. Did it!





  1. November 30, 2012 / 3:22 am

    Mmm this looks yummy! I think my boyfriend would love this!
    Stopping by from the link up 🙂

  2. November 30, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    This is a great way to make quinoa! I have a hard time finding ways I really enjoy it 🙂 And yay to linking up with us! Thanks girl. Glad you are getting some followers around here..woo woo!

  3. December 5, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    Those quinoa patties look and sound great! I'm glad you enjoyed the soup. Thanks for the link. Have a blessed day!

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