Quinoa Burgers

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I recently picked up one of my favourite cook books to date, Vegan Diner by Julie Hasson.  Fancied up comfort food is my specialty and diners are my weakness, so I snatched this book off the shelf at Chapters and headed to the kitchen to test it out. My first go was this quinoa burger recipe.  I don’t make burgers very often, and thought that should change with the summer bbq-ing season not far ahead.  I chose this one in lieu of the other two burger recipes in the book (Mushroom  Burgers and Brown Rice Hazelnut Burgers) simply because I had all the ingredients on hand.

They were delicious!  Their moist and savoury middle and crispy outer layer, combined with the fact that they stayed together during cooking/flipping gained these burgers high scores with me (doesn’t it suck when they fall apart?)  The sauteed maple onions and really fresh wholewheat kaiser were top notch additions. These burgers will definitely be gracing my plate all summer long!


(Makes about 6 burgers)

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

12 ounces chickpeas (about 1 1/2 cups), canned or homemade, drained

1/2 cup quick oats (not instant)

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning or favourite spice blend

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce

2 tablespoons chickpea flour (I used coconut flour)

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Brown rice flour or wholewheat/all purpose flour, for dusting

Olive oil, for cooking

Buns, condiments (lettuce, tomato, mustard, avocado)

Sauteed maple onions:

saute half an onion in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon maple syrup until slightly caramelized and golden


In a food processor, add the onion and garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Add the chickpeas and oats and pulse until well mixed.  Don’t puree the mixture. Remove the mixture to a large mixing bowl, and stir in the quinoa, parsley, poultry seasoning, smoked paprika, Bragg Liquid Aminos, and chickpea flour.  Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water, if needed to help the burger mixture stick together, although you don’t want to make the mixture too moist.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Thoroughly mix the ingredients, cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Form the burger mixture into 6 balls, and press into 3 1/2 to 4-inch patties.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, and lightly coat or spray with olive oil.  Place the brown rice flour on a small plate and dust the burgers on all sides with the rice flour.  Add the burgers to the hot skillet.  Cook the patties for about 5 minutes, or until nicely browned and crispy.  Reduce the heat to medium, if necessary, to continue cooking without burning.  Add more olive oil as necessary, to keep the burgers from sticking.  Flip the burgers over and cook on other side.

Remove the burgers from the skillet and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Letting them rest will give them a better texture.  Serve the burgers on a fresh, whole grain bun with all the fixings: lettuce, tomato, sauteed maple onions – and don’t forget the mustard!

~The Vegan Project


  1. Yum, I love a new veggie burger, especially ones without mushrooms or black beans, and can easily be made gluten free. Can you tell we have some picky/specific food needs in our home?

  2. All that to make a hamburger? I’ll stick with ground beef or turkey. It doesn’t take 15 ingredients to make it taste good.

  3. Try mushroom & pinto bean burgers – 1 can pinto beans, a good double handful sliced chestnut mushrooms (the more the merrier!), chopped thyme, garlic and ground cumin. Sauté the mushrooms, thyme & garlic in olive oil; add to all the other ingredients and mash thoroughly. Season & shape into 2 burgers. Fry in a little oil & serve with home made potato wedges & salad 🙂

  4. I just got Vegan Diner from the library. Wow. I don’t often buy books but recipe after recipe sounded so tasty, I couldn’t resist!

  5. These look delish! What a cool blog – so happy to find you! (Thanks to Jennifer from Sweet on Veg)

    • We LOVE Sweet on Veg! Jennifer has a knack for finding such great vegan stuff on the web. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  6. I just made these! they didnt turn out as dark brown likes yours, but they are awesome!! i ate 2 and a half of them just now…. soooo good 😉 and my batter gave me 8!!! ^_^

  7. I love Vegan Diner. Such a great book.

  8. This was my first recipe using quinoa. I was amazed how good the burgers were. They were a lot of work, but well worth it. I am going to freeze some of the burgers for later. Any suggestions on what else to use instead of garbanzo beans? I loved the beans in this recipe, but unfortunately I am not suppose to eat beans.

  9. is that 1/2 cups of quinoa after its cooked or before?

  10. This is a great resourse for us vegans – THANK YOU!

    @Bridget – good question for Cheri – ‘does that mean lentils too?’ Chick peas/garbanzo beans are in the lentils family, not beans, so that may help.

    I can’t wait to try this burger recipe.

  11. turned out really well. Very tasty. However, don’t think the coating of flour before frying is necessary. Maybe because I was trying to limit the use of oil and used a cooking spray, it was absorbed into the flour, which made the patties dry. I tried the last batch without flour and it was best.

  12. i tried this but with less ingredients (i just didn’t happen to have everything) quinoa, garbonzo, garlic, olive oil and whole wheat flour.. YUM!!! thanks so much for the inspiration! (:

  13. These quinoa burgers look fabulous. Love your pointers for texture.

  14. Newly vegan and can’t WAIT to make these. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get more quinoa in my diet anyway, since it’s such an amazing food. I’m so glad I found this website, and I can’t wait to dive into this recipe!

  15. Katerina says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of these patties as did my kids, i made them smaller to serve alongside sweet potato mash and salad. YUM!! My friend also served these up at her son’s party for us, she gave me the link to your site, so nutritious and delicious. Thanyou 😀

  16. Tried this last night with my non-veg boyfriend. We both absolutely loved them. Delicious, and the recipe actually made 6 burgers. Usually when we make recipes, we have to double it! 😉

    Thanks for sharing. Definitely making these again.

  17. deborah says:

    Looking forward to trying this while my vegan daughter is here for a visit. I have a few standard recipes for a few meals but I am always looking for something tasty

  18. omg its vegan AND has quinoa? best burger ever.

  19. sign me up for what ever you publish

  20. I’m making these right now – although I’m baking mine in the oven (hoping it’ll work because they smell amazing). Thanks a ton for the recipe – super nice for me because the ingredients are all just normal vegan ingredients and I didn’t need to pick up anything extra to make these <3

    • These bake up really well! We love that they have such simple ingredients too – but are full of flavour! Hands down, one of our fave vegan recipes 🙂

  21. Best Bean Burger Ever! Thank you sooo much for the recipe!

  22. Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the
    near future but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.

    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  23. Michelle says:

    I just made these tonight for the first time! Flavor was great, but did not stick together so well.. Any suggestions?

    • Bridget says:

      Hmmm, was there enough moisture in them? It’s really importnat to pulse together the onion with the chickpeas until a chunky paste forms, as this is how they bind together. If you’re not wheat sensitive, adding some wholewheat flour instead of brown rice flour would definitely help. Alternatively, maybe a flax meal/water mixture?

      Hope that helps. Happy cooking!

  24. I want to try this but is the poulty seasoning vegan

    • Yes Constance it is! It’s just a blend of sage, basil, oregano marjoram etc that is usually associated with chicken or turkey 🙂


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