Recipes – Quinoa Burgers


Some of you may be looking for a great way to get around those white rice cravings. Well thanks to my father, Phil Subhan, we now have a solution to that problem! Quinoa burgers.

These quinoa burgers are great whether they are eaten hot or cold and are well-suited as a great afternoon snack to quell those pesky mid-day hunger pains. According to Phil (which usually means it’s an exaggeration) these little burgers could even be described as a healthy cousin of arancini, Italy’s deep-fried risotto balls.

What makes these quinoa burgers even better is how simple they are to make. They are pan-fried in a touch of coconut oil, and pressed flat into the pan to get as much surface browning and crust as possible. These are great on their own, or topped with your favorite burger toppings.


Prep Time: 35-40 minutes (Includes cooking the quinoa)

Cook Time: 14-20 minutes

Total time: About 60 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups cooked Quinoa, at room temperature (see instructions below how to cook quinoa)
  • 3 Large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Handful of chopped, fresh scallions (Greens only)
  • 1/2 Yellow or white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Grain bread crumbs (more if needed)
  • Water, if needed
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil


  • Combine the cooked quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl
  • Stir in the scallions, onion, peppers, garlic, salt and pepper
  • Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture
  • You should now be able to form this mixture into 1-inch thick patties
  • *If the mixture seems to be too moist you can add more bread crumbs, a little at a time to firm up the mixture, as needed
  • *If the mixture seems to be too dry, you can add a bit more beaten egg or some water to moisten
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large, heavy skillet over a medium-low flame
  • Add the patties and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the bottoms are deeply browned
  • *If there is no browning after 10 minutes, turn up the heat and continue to cook until the burgers are browned
  • Carefully flip the burgers with a spatula and cook for 7 minutes, or until golden
  • Remove from skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining burgers

Cooking the Quinoa:

  • Combine 2 cups of well-rinsed, uncooked quinoa with 3 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt in a medium sauce pan
  • Bring to a boil and cover
  • Once boiling bring the heat down, and let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender

That’s it! It may seem like a lot of steps, but overall, it is not a difficult recipe to follow, and it is well worth the time needed to make them!

Once the burgers are done you can put them on a nice whole wheat burger bun and top with your favorite veggies and drizzle some hot sauce over them. Or you can eat them alone! They are great no matter how you want to eat them!

Please let me know how this recipe works out for you and what you think!


Eat clean, Lift dirty


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