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Crispy Quinoa Patties

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When you're looking for ways to use leftover quinoa, try these easy tasty vegetarian quinoa patties, served with an avocado yogurt dip - perfect appetizer!

One of my favorite staple pantry ingredients is quinoa. I cook 2 cups of quinoa during the beginning of the week and use it in all kinds of recipes. When I have some leftover, these quinoa patties are the perfect way to use them up! This recipe is very forgiving and versatile, so the exact measurements aren’t that important. But the good thing is the short list of ingredients are everyday items you may already have around.

Final plated quinoa patties served on a large dish with avocado yogurt dip

How do you make quinoa patties

When it comes to turning quinoa into patties, you’ll need some binding ingredients. So I’m using eggs and cheese in this recipe. For flavor, I add some onions and garlic. Here you can also add in some mushrooms, grated carrots, grated zucchini, olives, or even ground chicken or turkey.

Start with my base recipe and improvise as you see fit! For a more smooth consistency, I would highly recommend grating the onions and any other vegetables going in here.

Collage of recipe in the making - mixing eggs with quinoa, then adding cheese and red onions

Next you’ll want to add some breadcrumbs to absorb all the moisture, and give it a good mix. This is a great way to use up leftover toasted bread, or you can substitute it for gluten-free panko breadcrumbs or a flour or choice, like almond flour or oat flour. This part of the quinoa patties recipe is also super forgiving!

Collage of recipe in the making - adding breadcrumbs, then mixing the mixture

Then the mixture will make anywhere from six to eight patties depending on how thick you want them. Once you form the patties, feel free to add more breadcrumbs, more cheese or more water if you find the mixture is too dry. The measurements I have below worked very well without any adjustments needed though.

Then you can fry them or bake them. I have instructions below for both methods, although I prefer frying the quinoa patties. You’ll only need a tablespoon of oil, so the edges will be lightly fried, but get nice and crispy.

Quinoa patties on a serving dish with one quinoa patty torn on a plate

How do you make the dip

To make the avocado yogurt dip, you’ll only need three ingredients plus salt and pepper. Add yogurt, avocado and cilantro to a mini food processor or mini blender and blend until the consistency is smooth and creamy.

You’ll likely make more than you need for the recipe. But I love making extra and using this throughout the week as salad dressing or on top of chicken or fried eggs or even on toast.

Collage of the avocado cilantro dip before and after mixing

Serve the avocado yogurt sauce with the quinoa patties for a delicious appetizer or side dish. It’s a winning combination that combines a cheesy crispy patty with a fresh and light dip. And I guarantee you everyone will love them!

Quinoa patties served over baby kale

Make these quinoa patties for any occasion and any time of year. They’re addictively cheesy, delicious and make for a healthy snack or appetizer! And the great thing about them is you can make them ahead and freeze to have ready for the right occasion.

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Quinoa patties served over baby kale
Quinoa Patties
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

When you're looking for ways to use leftover quinoa, try these easy tasty vegetarian quinoa patties, served with an avocado yogurt dip - perfect appetizer!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, finger food, Handheld, side dish, snack, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 333 kcal
For the Patties
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ red onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Water as needed add moisture
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
For the Avocado Yogurt Dip
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ avocado extra ripe
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in onions, cheese, garlic and cilantro. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. Feel free to add water if the mixture feels too dry. Form the mixture into 6-8 patties.
  2. Frying Instructions: Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Place add quinoa on the heated pan, making sure not to overcrowd the pan and cook until the patties are golden color, about 7 - 10 per side minutes.

  3. Baking Instructions: Place the quinoa patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the oil on top of the patties. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15 minutes, until golden.

  4. To make the avocado yogurt sauce, whisk together the cilantro, avocado and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the cooked quinoa patties.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Freezing Instructions: You can also freeze the patties before or after cooking them.

  • To freeze them prior to cooking, lay them on a flat baking dish in the freezer for at least 4 hours. When frozen, place them in an airtight bag. Thaw in the fridge overnight and cook per instructions.
  • To freeze them after cooking, simply store them in an airtight bag after they've cooled. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in a 350°F oven until heated through.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • Instead of eggs, you can use a flax eggs. For each regular egg, use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water.
  • Any type of shredded cheese can be used in place of mozzarella.
  • If you prefer not to use breadcrumbs, you can use a gluten-free flour like almond flour or oat flour, or you can also use panko breadcrumbs.

Equipment:  I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick mini blender for making dips. It's quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of avocado and cilantro leftover.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for 1-2 patties with the dip. There may be some dip leftover though.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Patties
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 336mg 14%
Potassium 362mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 4.8%
Calcium 18.6%
Iron 14.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    June 6, 2019 at 11:04 am

    yummy!! saw someone share this recipe on instastories and found your full recipe and had to try as had quinoa left over. used sweet potato and carrot as had these to use up and it tasted amazing. Quinoa goes lovely and crispy when fried!! definitely making these agin.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      June 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you tried the recipe and added leftover veggies to it! It’s one of my favorite cleaning out the fridge recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Reply
    May 31, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Made these today for iftar to break our fast with and they were a hit! I added shredded zucchini because I had those on hand. Love how versatile this recipe is; I can see how other ingredients can be incorporated into the recipe. Next time I’ll be making more to freeze for later use!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      June 1, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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