With just a few ingredients, including quinoa, broccoli, cheese, and eggs, and a super fast method that allows you to make a batch in under 10 minutes, these Quinoa Patties are a favorite meal to share with the kids.

quinoa patties on plate with dip

Quinoa Patties

I am going to just say it: I am not a huge fan of the flavor of quinoa. And while I don’t believe in making anyone eat foods they dislike, I have found that serving quinoa mixed into these quinoa cakes is a terrific way to improve its naturally grassy flavor.

I LOVE these for myself and as a way to make quinoa for kids.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can make the quinoa way ahead and stash it in the fridge or freezer. Then, when you want to make the patties, you just need to stir it all together and cook them in a pan. It’s a filling vegetarian meal due to the protein and fiber in the quinoa and the protein and fats in the eggs and cheese.

This quinoa recipe is fast, nutritious, and really yummy. A perfect trifecta!

The leftovers even reheat nicely, too. We especially love them dipped in ketchup and salsa.

Ingredients You Need

To make this quinoa recipe for kids, you need:

ingredients in quinoa patties
  • Fully cooked quinoa: I prefer to make the quinoa ahead of time for this recipe so the patties come together quickly, but you can make it right before you start the recipe. Just let it cool a little.
  • Eggs: Eggs help to hold the mixture together as it cooks as little cakes.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella): Any shredded cheese you like the flavor of will work here.
  • Broccoli florets (minced finely): I use kitchen scissors to cut up the top parts of broccoli florets. Using just that part of the broccoli ensures that it cooks through in the time that the patties are cooking.
  • Italian-flavored bread crumbs: These add nice flavor and help the patties hold together.
  • Unsalted butter or olive oil: Either of these will work to lightly pan-fry the patties.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use fully cooked rice instead of quinoa if you like.

Trade in cauliflower rice for the broccoli.

Use plain bread crumbs and add ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s how to make this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

how to make quinoa patties step by step
  1. Add the ingredients, except the butter or olive oil, to a medium bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly to form a uniform batter.
  3. Heat the butter or oil, then add ¼ cup batter to the pan, pressing down slightly to make each patty.
  4. Cook and flip over.

TIP: We like to serve these warm with a dip of ketchup or salsa. Any dip your kids prefer can work though!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can quinoa be used as a binder?

Quinoa can work with other ingredients in recipes like this one to form a batter that binds together when you cook it. You really do need the eggs and cheese to make these hold together as quinoa cakes though.

What can I do with a lot of quinoa?

These patties are a great option since you can freeze them for future easy meals. To heat, place in a toaster oven to warm through or heat in a 375-degree-F oven for about 6-8 minutes or until warmed.

Can I make these without eggs?

You would need to sub in something else to help them hold together, such as the plant-based Just Eggs product.

quinoa patties on kids plate

How to Store

Let cool on a wire rack, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Warm in 15-second increments in the microwave, in the toaster oven, or on a baking sheet in a 375-degree-F oven for about 6-8 minutes.

Best Tips for Success

  • Cook the quinoa ahead of time so it’s ready to go in this recipe.
  • Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the top parts of broccoli florets to ensure it cooks through as the patties cook.
  • Use a nonstick or cast-iron pan, or another option with a nonstick surface.
  • Double the recipe to make more.
  • Serve warm with a dip such as ketchup, salsa, or another favorite dip.

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quinoa patties on purple plate

Easy Quinoa Patties (Favorite Quinoa Cakes)

These quick Quinoa Patties are a delicious way to serve quinoa to kids—and adults! Plan to make the quinoa ahead of time so these come together in minutes.
5 from 41 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 463kcal
Servings 3 -6 (Makes 6 patties)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fully cooked quinoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets (minced finely with kitchen scissors)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup Italian-flavored bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or olive oil)

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl except the butter. Mix well with a spoon.
  • Add the butter to a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When warm, add ¼ cup of the batter to make each patty, pressing down slightly into a flattened disc about 1 inch thick. Cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, and carefully flip over with a spatula.
  • Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes and serve warm or let cool on a wire rack to store for later.
  • (To bake the patties in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and coat a baking pan with nonstick spray. Place the patties on the pan and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.)
  • Serve warm with ketchup, warmed pizza sauce, Ranch, salsa, or guacamole.

Notes

  • Let cool on a wire rack, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Warm in 15-second increments in the microwave, in the toaster oven, or on a baking sheet in a 375-degree-F oven for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Cook the quinoa ahead of time so it’s ready to go in this recipe.
  • Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the top parts of broccoli florets to ensure it cooks through as the patties cook.
  • Use a nonstick or cast iron pan, or another option with a nonstick surface.
  • Serve warm with a dip such as ketchup, salsa, or another favorite dip.
  • Substitute fully cooked brown rice for the quinoa. Reduce the eggs to 2.

Nutrition

Serving: 2patties, Calories: 463kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 194mg, Sodium: 455mg, Potassium: 493mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 684IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 232mg, Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    We have yet to feed these to our almost 7-month-old, but my husband and I have made them multiple times and LOVE them! I served with an easy “aioli-style” dip of kewpie mayo, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of cayenne. These have fast become a favorite around here!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these twice now and they are great for my 4 year old and 11 month old. They both eat them independently and wait for more! My substitution was to use cauliflower instead because that’s what I had. The second time I made it I didn’t have enough quinoa so I did half quinoa and half pearl millet… still amazing. I tried to pan fry, bake, and air fry. My favorite was baking for 18 minutes and then turning them over for an additional 2 minutes. Thank you for this recipe! I did not know quinoa could be used in this way!

  3. 5 stars
    From the moment I started making these until taking the first bite I was VERY skeptical…these didn’t look like much. But they are SO good!! I don’t know what it is but there’s something delicious about these. I made one in a pan and the rest in the oven to compare – the buttered pan had a very slight advantage but both turned out great. I doubt my 3yo will like them – because she probably won’t try them (she doesn’t try things these days) – but I plan to have a stash in my freezer always. Thanks for this one!

  4. 5 stars
    These were a hit for the whole family, even the 3 year old who has been on a vegetable protest recently! I made a double batch and baked in the oven to simplify and now have leftovers for another night this week.

  5. 5 stars
    I agree with the others commenting here that these are way tastier than I was expecting! I used the Near East brand quinoa and brown rice mix and the “just egg” replacer worked fine for the 2 eggs I needed. Always such great ideas, Amy! Thanks again!

    1. A product like Just Eggs or that type of store brand egg replacer which is typically sold near the regular eggs is the best optionn.

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