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Cumin Quinoa Patties

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

These easy burgers taste amazing, and the quinoa gives them a hearty texture. They’re a delicious vegetarian option that you really have to try. Pan-frying them adds a perfect crunch that takes them to the next level. You can make the mixture for this healthy quinoa recipe ahead of time—it freezes very well. Enjoy! —Beth Klein, Arlington, Virginia
Cumin Quinoa Patties Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Optional: Sour cream, salsa and minced fresh cilantro


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, place carrot in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add beans; process until chopped. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Mix in cooked quinoa, bread crumbs, green onions, egg and seasonings. Shape mixture into 8 patties.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add patties; cook until a thermometer reads 160°, 3-4 minutes on each side, turning carefully. If desired, serve with optional ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

2 patties: 235 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat.

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