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What’s For Dinner? Quinoa Burgers

These Quinoa Burgers are a delicious meatless burger option!  Full of flavour and healthy ingredients, these are a delicious vegetarian burger.

I must confess this recipe is a little tedious, but these burgers are well worth the effort, they’re so delicious. Even the kids liked them. The flavour is amazing, but they are really, really crumbly. I mean, how can they not be with the main ingredient being quinoa. The key to reducing the crumbliness is to make sure you refrigerate the mixture before cooking…and to use a really good flipper.

Recipe Tips:

  • Quinoa: Use cooked quinoa for this recipe. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover quinoa.
  • Food Processor: Let your food processor do all the prep work for these burgers.
  • Buns: Serve these quinoa burgers on buns. They’re also great wrapped up in tortilla (I used the leftovers for a wrap the next day for lunch!)
  • Let it rest!  Make sure you let the mixture rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour. This mixture needs this time to cool so you can shape it into patties.
  • Toppings: These burgers are delicious served with tzatziki sauce and sliced red peppers, and all of your favourite burger toppings.

Quinoa Burgers

These Quinoa Burgers are a delicious meatless burger option!  Full of flavour and healthy ingredients, these are a delicious vegetarian burger.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Resting Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x
  • Category: Burger


  • 2 cups cooked Quinoa (cook according to package directions)
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • tzatziki sauce
  • sliced red peppers
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • onions


  1. In a food processor, pulse the shredded zucchini and shredded carrots, until crumbly. Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Then pulse the mushrooms in the food processor until they are crumbly. You can transfer them over to the bowl of zucchini and carrots.
  3. In a fry pan, heat up some oil, then cook onions and garlic until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  4. Then add the mix of mushrooms, zucchini, and carrots to the fry pan with the onions and garlic. Cook until all the liquid disappears. About 10-15 minutes.
  5. While the mixture cooks, pulse the chickpeas in the food processor until they are crumbly.
  6. In a bowl, mix together bread crumbs and egg, then add the chickpea mix. Combine.
  7. Add mushroom mix to the breadcrumb/chickpea mix. Add salt and pepper. Combine.
  8. Add the cooked quinoa. Combine.
  9. Refrigerate mix for about 1 hour.

After the mix is done cooling:

  1. Shape the quinoa mixture into patties.
  2. Heat up about 2 – 3 tbsp of oil in a clean frying pan.
  3. Cook the patties in the frying pan for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve on buns with tzatziki sauce, and all of your favourite burger trimmings: lettuce, tomato, onions.
  5. Options: Or wrap up in a whole wheat tortilla with the tzatziki sauce and trimmings.

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    June 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Fantastic! they look yummy and your photo is glorious! (weird – I had quinoa last night . . .)

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    June 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    We eat waaay to much meat (its my husbands fault haha) I am thinking we need to do something like this around our house as well. Hmmm these looks JUST like a turkey burger..maybe I will make them and just not mention that they are meatless! They sound so good and healthy!

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    June 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    This is such a healthful and delicious looking burger. I’m sure it tastes just as wonderful. Can’t wait to make it.


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    Alana of Taylor Made Home
    June 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    I would love to implement meatless mondays at my house as well. Would probably help lower to grocery budget as much as it would shrink our waistlines. I love that this burger only calls fo a few easily accessible ingredients.

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    Alana of Taylor Made Home
    June 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    June 28, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    I love veggie burgers but have yet to find a good homemade recipe – I tried one of Mark Bittman’s and it was awful 😉 Will have to try this!

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    Kiwi Circus
    June 28, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    Everyday is meatless Monday for us. I’m horrified to think about how much we spend on veggie burgers but every recipe I’ve found seemed to complicated or the cost of the supplies outweighed the savings. We eat a lot of quinoa and have at least 3 of it from an awesome deal we got on Amazon… I’m going to have to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    June 28, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    I so wanted a quinoa burger recipe – how did you know 🙂
    Anyway, I can’t wait to try it. Thankyou.

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    Meg Beugg
    June 28, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna, I am new to your blog and I’m enjoying it. These quinoa burgers look great. I’ve read through the recipe four times and I think it is missing the step of when to add the quinoa. Do you add it at the end, right before refrigerating?

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    June 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Accckk! Thank you so much Meg! I fixed the recipe! You are right, the quinoa should be added right before the refrigeration part!
    Have a great week!

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    Kirsten @ Mushki Loves
    June 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Oh gosh! I’m going to have to try this too! Looks Delish!

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    Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb
    June 29, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    Oh yum! I have been looking for recipes with quinoa- there are NOt many- I just started cooking with it- I will try your recipe! I’d love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would make a great addition to the party!

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    Debra Daniels-Zeller
    June 29, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    I make quinoa fritters all the time and they are something like this. I’ve never tried it with chickpeas but it sounds fabulous. Love this vegetarian entree!

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    Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee)
    June 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Stunning picture and great recipe!It looks so yummy! I love the blog tittle. Thanks for sharing!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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    June 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    This sounds {and looks} wonderful. I’m always looking for new ways to get away from meat and I love quinoa. Thanks so much for sharing.


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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks
    June 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    How delicious! Those burgers sound wonderful and I love your pretty picture. Meatless Monday sounds like a good idea to me. We try to go meatless once a week also, but we don’t have a set day for it. Thanks for coming by to share your recipe!

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    Bliss Buffet
    July 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    What a gorgeous photo! That looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

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    January 18, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    How many burgers the recipe makes?
    Looks delicious!

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