Cauliflower Patties Recipe

These cauliflower patties are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional fried patties, featuring steamed cauliflower, breadcrumbs, and cheese. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and perfect for a light meal or a side dish. Here’s how to make them:


  • 1 lb cauliflower, steamed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs (adjust between 1/2 cup and 1 cup as needed for consistency)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 oz Mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 small cubes
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 eggs


  1. Prepare the Cauliflower:
    • Begin by steaming the cauliflower until it’s tender but not too soft. Once steamed, let it cool slightly and make sure it’s well-drained. Excess moisture can make the patties too soggy.
  2. Mash the Cauliflower:
    • In a large mixing bowl, mash the steamed cauliflower with a potato masher or fork until it breaks down into a coarse texture.
  3. Add Ingredients:
    • To the mashed cauliflower, add the garlic powder, Panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley (if using), salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Mix in Eggs:
    • Beat the eggs in a small bowl, then pour them into the cauliflower mixture. Mix thoroughly until the components are well integrated. The mixture should hold together when shaped. If it’s too wet, add more breadcrumbs.
  5. Form the Patties:
    • Take a small amount of the cauliflower mixture and flatten it slightly in your hand. Place a cube of Mozzarella cheese in the center and mold the mixture around the cheese, forming a patty. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used up.
  6. Cook the Patties:
    • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray it with cooking spray.
    • Place the patties in the skillet, and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve the cauliflower patties hot, with a side of marinara sauce for dipping or a fresh salad.


  • Breadcrumb Alternatives: For a gluten-free option, you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs or even almond flour as a binder.
  • Cheese Variations: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese inside the patties, such as cheddar or goat cheese for different flavors.
  • Serving Suggestions: These patties can be served on a bed of mixed greens, with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream on top, or alongside a light tomato soup.


Cauliflower patties are a fantastic way to enjoy a vegetarian meal that is both nutritious and satisfying. With a crispy exterior and a gooey cheese center, these patties are sure to be a hit whether you’re serving them to adults or children. Enjoy crafting this simple, tasty dish that’s sure to become a new favorite!