Veggie Quinoa Burgers – A Super Food and a Super Easy Recipe

by Sugar on September 10, 2012 · 23 comments

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Quinoa is a super grain that in general is cooked the same way as rice and can be used in similar fashion. The difference with quinoa is that it’s a truly complete food containing healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.

Research has also shown that quinoa may even lower inflammation in the body. This is a key to preventing future disease. The other great thing about quinoa is that it tastes great and is so easy to make.

My veggie quinoa burger or quinoa cakes are easy to make and store well in the refrigerator. They can be eaten over a salad or on a bun like a burger. They are packed with flavor and can be fried or baked. These taste so great you won’t even believe how good they are for you! Feel free as always to get creative with the vegetables you add to these or how you serve them.  Enjoy!

Quinoa Burgers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Start to Finish: 1 hour

Servings: 8-10 burgers depending on size


  • 2 rounded cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Bisquick®
  • 1 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying


In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, onions, peppers, carrots, zucchini, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper then mix in the Bisquick®. Mix all the ingredients well. If mix seems to thin add an extra tablespoon or two of the Bisquick to thicken slightly.

Heat vegetable oil in a 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat.  Fill mixture into a  1/4  or 1/2 cup, dry measuring cup. Drop mixture into pan and flatten slightly to form and even burger.  Fry until golden-brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Remove and place on plate lined with paper towel.

Allow burgers to drain for 2-3 minutes then serve on a bun or over a salad.

Cooking Tips:

Cooking the quinoa in Progresso® chicken broth instead of water gives the quinoa great flavor. Simply replace the amount of water recommended for cooking on the packaging with the chicken broth.

A small dollop of mayonnaise is a nice accompaniment to the burger.

To bake instead of fry heat oven to 450ºF. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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Alessandra says:

Hi! I don’t have the Bisquick mix so I was wondering what can I use instead. Wikipedia says ‘One cup of Bisquick can be substituted by a mix of one cup of flour, 1½ teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil or melted butter.’
But is there anything else I could use? How about just bread crumbs to make it all stick together, or flour?

I also just realized I have the Aunt Jemima pancake mix, would that be the same?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Sure any of those will work. The pancake mix will be the easiest substitute.

Happy Cooking!


Andria says:

Hi Sugar! We have been trying various vegetarian recipes so that we can cut down our meat consumption and these were perfect! YUMMM!!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

So glad you like it. :)

I love quinoa and am always looking for new ways to cook it. I would have never thought of making veggie burgers with it. Great idea. Going to try it

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Great Kathy. Just realize that if the mix is too thin you may need to add a little more bisquick to thicken it. Enjoy!

Hey, I might be biased because I’m married to Sugar, but I have to say that these Quinoa “burgers” are awesome. Nothing beats a real honest to goodness burger but I can’t believe how good these are. :)


Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh you are so sweet. XXOO Love you honey. :)

Aleksandra says:

That is an excellent idea, Sugar!
I love quinoa. My friend gave me the recipe for very tasty and refreshing salad with quinoa. You just mix together cooked quinoa grains, red onion, pepper, cucumber, coriander (or parsley) with a bit of lime juice and, but not necessarily, feta cheese.
All the best!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Aleksandra that sounds so good. Thanks for sharing. I will be sure to try it. :)

Sherry says:

GREAT idea. I ADORE quinoa! What a nice twist. My inlaws are Vegan so they could easily adapt this as well — use vegetable broth instead of chicken…will try this one for sure. Thanks. 😀

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Great Sherry let me know how they like it.


Beejene says:

Forgot to add that I put diced shallots in the lemon or lime dressing.

Beejene says:

Sugar, I have been eating quinoa for years. Another thing I do is cook it in the microwave in the chicken broth, let it cool then add the lemon or lime dressing that I mentioned above. We then add some dried cranberries and fresh feta cheese to it. Its fabulous and everyone fights over it!!! You should give it a try.

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Yum Yum Yum!!! Oh that sounds so great. I will have to do that. Thanks for the tips. :)

concetta reynolds says:

Thank you for quinoa burgr recipe I wil try it.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh you are welcome. Enjoy!

colleen says:

This looks so good, I can’t wait to try it. iwas getting sick of my old stand by quinoa salad recipe.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Do try it Colleen and let me know how you like it. :)

Beejene says:

Sugar, what a fabulous recipe. I love quinoa and eat it often. When I make my quinoa (I cook it in low sodium/low fat chicken broth) I make a dressing for it out of: either fresh lemon or lime, olive oil, maple syrup, grated fresh garlic, salt and pepper. Its so light and delicious. I also use it as a salad dressing because I’m allergic to vinegar. I make an avocado dressing which may be very good on the quinoa burger: 6 oz plain/low fat or fat free greek yogurt, 1/2 avocado (can add more) 1/4 fresh lemon (can add more if you like), grated garlic cloves, shallots, salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sugar (more or less depending on your taste). I mix it up in my food processor and it makes a fabulous topping for chicken/turkey burgers, salad and would probably be great on The Quinoa burger.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh I am so glad you like it. So many people have never even tried it so I know it’s not that popular but I think it’s the sort of thing that once you have it and see how easy it is to make and how yummy it is you love it.

I have made an avocado dressing similar to that for pasta. I have to add that to the site but have never done it over quinoa. That sounds so great. Thanks for sharing. :)