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.

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.

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! 🙂

Please let me know what you think about this recipe, I’d love to hear from you! And if you remake this recipe, please share the picture with me on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook.

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