Vegan Vegetarian Gluten-free Quinoa Burger

Quinoa Burger, That Won’t Fall Apart (Vegan, Gluten-free)

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I have created a few burger and fritter recipes over the years. But if you have made your own burgers, you probably know that problem of the falling-apart-burger. Or the problem of the burger-is-so-soft-it-squishes-out-on-the-other-side… It happens a lot to me!

Well, I didn’t give up quickly and kept trying to find the ultimate recipe that also did not use any beans or pulses.

And here we are: a burger that is loaded with healthy quinoa protein and that does NOT fall apart. Mr Vegan Monster approves of it too, so it has to be pretty good 😉

There are two ways of cooking these: in a frying pan or in the oven. The frying pan works much better. I have this super good Scandinavian non-stick frying pan that doesn’t need much oil. With these burgers I managed to cook them without any additional oil. But it is super important to cook them on a very low heat for at least 10 minutes on each side. Otherwise you might end up with a semi-raw version, that won’t be so tasty… 😉

If you cook them in the oven, make sure you don’t overcook them. The quinoa can get quite hard otherwise.

For about 5 burgers you’ll need:

1/2 cup (110g) quinoa (preferably red or black), I like to soak them overnight prior to cooking
1 cup water

1 small onion (or half a medium sized onion)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup (35g) buckwheat flour
2 heaped tablespoon tahini
2-3 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon coriander
2/3 teaspoon salt


1. In a small pot with lid, bring the quinoa and 1 cup water to boil. Let simmer for approx. 10-15 minutes. Then set aside for at least another 5 minutes before opening the lid.

2. Peel and chop the onion roughly. Place in the blender with 1/4 cup water and blend to a fine cream. Pour the blended onion into a medium sized bowl.

3. Add cooked quinoa, buckwheat flour, tahini, smoked paprika, coriander and salt. Stir well.

Vegan Vegetarian Gluten-free Quinoa Burger

4. Dip your hands in cold water prior to forming the patties.

5. If you have a very good non-stick frying pan, consider frying them without extra oil. Make sure you cook them on a medium low heat for at least 10 minutes on each side.

Vegan Vegetarian Gluten-free Quinoa Burger

Vegan Vegetarian Gluten-free Quinoa Burger

6. If you are cooking them in the oven, preheat the oven to 200°C (top-/bottom heat), line the baking tray with parchment paper and cook the patties for approx. 10-15 minutes on each side. Don’t overcook, otherwise they might get a little too crunchy.

Enjoy! 🙂

…and if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you 😉

This post contains affiliate links for Scanpan Classic 9-1/2-Inch Fry Pan .

Vegan Vegetarian Gluten-free Quinoa Burger

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