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An upclose shot of a homemade quinoa burger on a toasted bun with mayo, sundried tomato pesto, and microgreens.

Quinoa Veggie Burgers

These quinoa veggie burgers are what veggie burger dreams are made of. They hold together, have tons of flavor, and are full of good-for-you ingredients. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 7
Author: Lindsey Jenkins



  • Bring the water to a boil then add the quinoa and a pinch of salt. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from the heat and let it sit with the lid on for an additional 5 minutes. Then remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add in the diced carrots and cook for 10 minutes until easily pierced with a fork, but still firm.
  • Then add in the diced shallots and bell pepper and cook with the carrots for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the sautéed vegetables to the bowl of a food processor along with the cooked quinoa, breadcrumbs, egg, tomato paste, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and kosher salt.
  • Pulse the mixture a few times until it's mixed but not blended. Scoop out the mixture and use your hands to form it into patties.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and cook the burgers on each side for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Makes 7 patties (though the quantity may vary depending on the size of your patties).


No quinoa? - another gluten-free grain that would work well is millet.
No shallot? – use yellow, white, or red onion instead.
No carrot? - use sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, or potatoes.
No bell pepper? - other vegetables that would work well are celery, finely chopped broccoli, kale, peas, or mushrooms.
No smoked paprika? - use sweet paprika.
No tomato paste? - oil-packed sundried tomatoes are a great sub.
Variations - add in chopped fresh herbs, sriracha, jalapeños, or red pepper flakes for a spicy kick, mustard, a spice blend for a different flavor profile, liquid smoke for a deeper smoky flavor, etc.