Quinoa and Broccoli Patties

Don’t know about you but personally I feel like after these holidays I need to start eating healthier food. These quinoa and broccoli patties sounded just great to me. Well, I cheated a little bit  as I fried them in a little oil but next time I will probably bake them to save time:) and keep them even more in the “healthy” area.

Did you know that quinoa is a grain that is really nutritious and healthy, rich in proteins and fat free, useful in kidney or high cholesterol problems? Also compared to other grains like corn or wheat quinoa contains higher levels of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and copper which are very important for muscle, heart and nerve functions.

These being said I have to admit it, quinoa drew me to its side.  Now all that remained was to draw my family to quinoa side too :). And with these patties I succeeded. Combining quinoa with broccoli was a very good idea, my patties were really tasty and very much appreciated in my family.

Can be served simply as they are with a chili sauce, or along a good fresh salad. What is good to this recipe is that you don’t need to cook all at once, you can refrigerate some of the mixture up to few days and cook them only when needed.

quinoa patties
quinoa broccoli patties

Quinoa and Broccoli Patties

5 from 1 vote
These tasty, nutritious quinoa and broccoli patties served with a chili sauce, or alongside a good fresh salad are healthy and everybody will love.
Servings 5 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 spring onions , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cheese , grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley , chopped


  • Place quinoa in a mesh strainer and rinse well under cold water. Cook the quinoa in 2 cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Steam the broccoli until tender, then chop finely.
  • In a large bowl combine quinoa with the rest of ingredients, broccoli, spring onions, garlic, cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and herbs. 
  • Form the quinoa mixture into patties, and place on a plate. 
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Line a plate with paper towel. Add the patties onto the frying pan and cook until well browned, about 6-8 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared paper towel plate to remove any excess grease.


Serving: 1gCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 28.3gProtein: 10.6gFat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 73mgSugar: 1.3g
Calories: 237kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli recipe, healthy quinoa recipe, quinoa appetizer, quinoa broccoli fritters, quinoa broccoli patties, quinoa fritters

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  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    I love these healthy patties! My kids will eat lots of broccoli this way. 🙂

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef Author says:

    I really like quinoa but I’ve never prepared it like this. I know I’m going to love it already! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Kankana Author says:

    healthy and definitely a great treat for any day!

  4. Rosa Author says:

    Those healthy patties look delicious! A great dish.



    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you Rosa, appreciate your comment:)

  5. Oh, what a delicious idea! I love, love quinoa and your patties sound amazing!!!

  6. cakewhiz Author says:

    now this is the most creative broccoli recipe i have ever seen plus it’s a great way to hide them in patties… kids won’t even know they are eating broccoli…heheh

  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction Author says:

    I love quinoa! I’ve only recently begun to cook with it and I’ve been looking for a patty recipe like this – love the broccoli in there. sneak in veggies when you can!

  8. Vera Author says:

    Looks good, but I am allergic to cheese, not dairy, what could I use instead of cheese?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Make them without cheese, should be good without too, maybe add one egg more to be sure the mixture has the right consistency. 

  9. Jenn Author says:

    I replaced the breadcrumbs with oats and also added red peppers to the mixture.
    This recipe makes 8 (1/2 cup) burgers not the 4-5 mentioned up above. I’m definitely going enjoy eating these babies the next few day. 🙂
    Anyone knows if these can be frozen?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Replacing breadcrumbs with oats is such a good idea. I will do that too next time. Peppers sound good too, but I prefer them out, they usually have a strong flavor. Yes the recipe makes about 8 or 10 smaller burgers, I said 4-5 servings meaning that 4 or 5 people can actually be served with these. I will be more clear next times. Thank you for your comment, hope to hear from you soon. 

  10. Lisa Author says:

    Can these be baked in the oven instead of stove-top?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I haven't tried yet, but I guess it should work, on a parchment paper so they won't stick. 

  11. Daniela Author says:

    Really yummy! I will try replacing breadcrumbs with oats, as somebody mentioned, great idea! Would that be rolled oats then? Will also try just half amount of ingredients as this made far too much for our family… Is it ok to freeze them? or not recommended? Thanks!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Glad you like this recipe, I would replace breadcrumbs with rolled oats .. as for the amount .. the total of patties is 8 or 10 from the whole ingredients so you can do half if you are less than 4 (maybe I was not clear and you understood 40 – 50 patties) – as for freezing I didn't try yet .. don't know how they will behave. .but I see no reason why these wouldn't be ok after freezing. They were also ok refrigerated and served later. Hope this answer helps, if any other questions don't hesitate to ask me. 


  12. Zwena Author says:

    Hello 🙂
    THis recipe sounds awesome, but I wanted to see what else I can use besides breadcrumbs that will make it GF. I’m new to this whole gluten free/celiac disease process with my 8 yr old. Thanx!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Zwena.. I very often use rolled oats instead of breadcrumbs and works really good.  Hope you will give them  a try and let me know if your kid loved it 🙂

  13. what kind of cheese do you use?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I've used a local hard cheese but cheddar cheese works as great.

  14. Armand Gaudette Author says:

    I think I’ve just discovered my new favourite recipe site. Every recipe that I’ve browsed so far have got me excited with hunger. I definitely will be coming back for more.

  15. Diane Author says:

    I didn’t have quinoa so I used rice. I had everything else & I wanted to try the recipe. It was delicious. I’d also like to try it with parsnips. Thanks very much.

  16. 5 stars
    I want to try these but in my air fryer.

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sounds like a great idea

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