Quinoa and Broccoli Patties

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. 
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  • Makes about 4-5 servings (8-10 patties)
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Steam the broccoli until tender, then chop finely.
  3. In a large bowl combine quinoa with the rest of ingredients, broccoli, spring onions, garlic, cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and herbs. 
  4. Form the quinoa mixture into patties, and place on a plate. 
  5. 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.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:237, Fat:9.4 g, Saturated Fat:2.8 g, Carbohydrates:28.3 g, Sugar:1.3 g, Fiber:3.7 g, Protein:10.6 g, Cholesterol:73 mg, Calories from Fat 85, Sodium 129 mg, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 91%, Calcium 10%, Iron 22%,Nutrition Grade A-, Daily Percent Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
On January 05, 2013 at 02:56 am, Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
I love these healthy patties! My kids will eat lots of broccoli this way. :)
On January 05, 2013 at 06:48 pm, Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...
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.
On January 08, 2013 at 01:46 pm, Kankana said...
healthy and definitely a great treat for any day!
On January 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm, Rosa said...
Those healthy patties look delicious! A great dish. Cheers, Rosa

Thank you Rosa, appreciate your comment:)

On January 14, 2013 at 07:22 pm, Liz said...
Oh, what a delicious idea! I love, love quinoa and your patties sound amazing!!!
On January 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm, cakewhiz said...
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
On January 21, 2013 at 07:55 am, sally @ sallys baking addiction said...
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!
On April 14, 2013 at 11:35 am, Vera said...
Looks good, but I am allergic to cheese, not dairy, what could I use instead of cheese?

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

On January 06, 2014 at 05:33 pm, Jenn said...
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?

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. 

On February 04, 2014 at 12:53 pm, Lisa said...
Can these be baked in the oven instead of stove-top?

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

On April 20, 2014 at 03:55 am, Daniela said...
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!

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. 


On September 30, 2014 at 04:13 pm, Zwena said...
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!

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 :)

On September 18, 2015 at 03:49 pm, r said...
what kind of cheese do you use?

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

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On April 22, 2018 at 01:13 am, Diane said...
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.

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