Quinoa Patties (Quinoa Cakes) Recipe

Quinoa patties are a fantastic way to enjoy the health benefits of quinoa in a delicious, convenient form. These savory cakes are perfect for meals or snacks and can be adapted to include a variety of flavors. Here’s how to make nutritious and tasty quinoa patties:


  • 1½ cups (260g) quinoa
  • 3 cups (720ml) water
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Cook Quinoa:
    • Rinse the quinoa under cold running water to remove its natural coating, saponin, which can give a bitter flavor.
    • In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
    • Remove from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow it to cool slightly.
  2. Prepare Vegetables:
    • While the quinoa is cooking, grate the carrot and zucchini. Wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to remove excess moisture.
    • In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onion and crushed garlic until translucent and fragrant. Add the grated carrot and zucchini, and cook for another few minutes until softened. Set aside to cool.
  3. Mix the Patties:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, sautéed vegetables, chopped parsley, beaten eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined. The mixture should be moist and sticky enough to form into patties. If it’s too dry, you can add another beaten egg or a little water.
  4. Form Patties:
    • Shape the mixture into round, flat patties about the size of a burger. Depending on your preferred size, this mixture should make about 12-15 patties.
  5. Cook Patties:
    • Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties in batches, adding more oil as needed. Fry each patty for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the quinoa patties warm with a side salad, or as a sandwich filling, or enjoy them as is with a dollop of yogurt, sour cream, or your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Flavor Variations: You can add different herbs and spices to the mixture according to your taste preferences. Consider incorporating things like cumin, curry powder, or fresh dill for a different flavor profile.
  • Storing: These patties can be refrigerated for up to a few days and are perfect for meal prep. They can also be frozen and reheated in a toaster oven or skillet.


Quinoa patties are a versatile, nutritious, and delicious meal option that can be enjoyed in many ways. They’re packed with protein, making them a great choice for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Try this recipe and customize it to your liking for a satisfying and healthy dish.