Quinoa Burgers – The future of all burgers

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What would you say if we told you the future of burgers is vegetarian? Well, you’d probably say something along the lines of ‘I know that already, fool! Of course the world is slowly waking up and turning veggie’.

But what if I told you that quinoa burgers are the future of burgers? Then your answer might be something like ‘ahhh really? Quinoa burgers? But don’t they just fall apart?

And the answer is, no quinoa burgers don’t fall apart if you follow this recipe, and yes, quinoa burgers frikkin rock. And they rock hard.

Quinoa burgers have quickly become one of our go-to meals. Try the recipe just once and you’ll see why.

It wouldn’t be fair to claim this recipe as one of our own, however. Nope, that accolade belongs to wonderful pro chef (and good friend), Jansen Schouten (who is also author of the Lunch in Six and Breakfast in Six book series).

It could also be that this is the future of burgers – lab grown. It’s certainly an interesting prospect. We’ll see.

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But for now, the future is quinoa burgers

This is one of those recipes that worked so well first time it barely needed to be tested again. But test we did, as we’re nothing but perfectionists. We want recipes that work every time, and won’t let you down.

Through testing we also noticed that the measurements need to be accurate. Try not to deviate from the measurements in the instructions – they’re there to help.

Also make sure not to skimp on the oil or heat – a flash fry is important to hold the burgers together. If the heat is too low, or there isn’t enough oil and the patty sticks, it’s going to fall apart soon after.

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Give your health a boost

As the world slowly tries to get healthier, quinoa is really leading the way. It’s touted as a ‘superfood’ as are so many things, and we hate these silly names.

But for once we’ll admit that quinoa does get pretty damn close, and there are various reasons for this.

Quinoa is REALLY high in fiber. So many people don’t get enough fiber, and not only does it help with all sorts of all internal health benefits.

It also helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied after a meal – ensuring you don’t give in to temptation and snack on naughty things when you hadn’t planned to (for the record, we don’t think snacking is bad at all – quite the contrary, but we do believe in moderation and consistency for success).

(Note: if you’re in the need of weight loss help we have a free meal plan over here)

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Why quinoa burgers?

Well apart from being mega-tasty when done right, quinoa is also full of protein. And very unusually, it is full of complete proteins. Complete proteins are normally only found in animal products – it’s very rare they’re found in plants.

Complete proteins are needed by our bodies, and vegetarians and vegans normally need to mix and match their protein sources to ensure they get the full complement.

Quinoa is one of those exceptions, and one that we’re grateful for. If you want to know more about protein, or get a free high-protein meal plan, head this way.

It’s also worth noting that quinoa is naturally gluten-free – great news for those with gluten intolerances or those with coeliac disease.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to impress with these quinoa burgers!

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Quinoa Burgers

The BEST quinoa burgers EVER! Just follow our easy instructions and you’ll be chowing down in no time! These are the future, and they’re here to stay.
Course Mains, Side, Vegetarian
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 large burgers (or 6 slightly smaller)
Calories 482kcal
Author Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp


  • 4 burger buns
  • ½ cup quinoa (½ cup = 100g)
  • ¾ cup grated cheese (¾ cup = 100g)
  • 2 figs, fresh
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ lime (juiced and zested)
  • 1 bunch cilantro/coriander, fresh
  • ½ red onion

For garnish:

  • 1 tbsp cilantro/coriander, fresh (or mint)
  • 1 cup spinach (or lettuce)


  • To cook the quinoa, use double the amount of water to quinoa, add a little salt, and cook until the water has evaporated. Then take it off the heat and cover with a tea towel for five minutes. It should expand and go fluffy and light.
  • Let it cool down well.
  • Add the egg, cumin, ground coriander, lime zest and grated cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper and stir really well.
  • Form four patties and fry them on medium heat with normal oil, both sides roughly 3-4 minutes.
  • Mash up the avocado with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, lime juice and chopped coriander.
  • Thinly slice a red onion, wash the baby spinach.
  • Layer out from top to bottom:
    Bread, mashed avocado, salad leaves, onions, figs, quinoa patty, mint or coriander leaves, mashed avocado, bread.


You can really go all-out with this one and have a world-beating burger on your plate! Check out our photos for serving inspiration. Make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free bread! There are lots of good ones available in many places these days.
Please note that the nutritional information includes everything including the coriander and spinach leaves for garnish, and is per burger and bun.


Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 441mg19%
Potassium 593mg17%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1219IU24%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 279mg28%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I want to try this recipe, can you advise replacement for egg as are pure vegetarin and dont eat eggs


    • Hi Harveen, I haven’t tried it in this recipe yet, but you could definitely try a flax egg replacement. 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds stirred with 3 tablespoons of hot/boiling water, left to cool and thicken for a few minutes. It works well as a replacement for eggs in other recipes for binding foods together. I hope that helps 🙂

  2. Shahnaz Ahsanuddin

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for these yum recipes!

  3. 5 stars
    Another very good and easy recipe. i mixed up the burger ingredients and refigerated over night. It is my experience this works well. Making the patties went smoothly, except I couldn’t get the quinoa off my hands 🙂 Thanks again.

    • Ah awesome, thanks bab! I’m really pleased you enjoyed this one as well. So what’s next? Haha yes, quinoa can get a bit sticky! A little water on the hands first can help 🙂

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