Healthy High Protein Quinoa Burger Recipe

Awesome quick and easy meal, healthy recipe from Linda at EatingWellLivingThin. And of course it’s high protein as well!


Love That Quinoa Burger!



So yummy!  If you want a change of pace that’s meat-free, yet full of high protein, fiber, and very filling…this might be for you.

I like it with Tzatziki on top, or “fry sauce” (what some drive-ins call that wonderful mayo/ketchup combo), and with a thick slice of tomato, avocado, onion and lettuce, as a burger should be, it’s fab.

Don’t be afraid of Quinoa.  It cooks just like rice – might even be a little easier! – and can be subbed almost straight across in most recipes.   I made Rice Burgers for my kids for years and this is the same recipe, with Quinoa instead.


1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt


3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other variety, if you prefer)

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 medium carrot, finely grated

3 eggs

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 green onions, including white parts

1 /2 teaspoon Splenda or sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Olive oil for frying


In a medium saucepan bring the 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat.  Add quinoa and reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the seeds are tender.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.

In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, Splenda, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder.

Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium heat.  Measure 1/4 cup and form into patties about 1/2 inch thick  – mixture will be slightly sticky.  Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side.   Makes approx. 10 burgers.

Per burger:  Calories 132; Protein 8 g; Fat 5 g; NET Carbs 12 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 200 mg

Posted in Vegetarian (Or could be made so, easily!)


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4 Responses to Healthy High Protein Quinoa Burger Recipe

  1. janevelasquez says:

    thanks for sharing all of these wonderful recipes…

  2. Susan says:

    Gonna try these these later this week. Is frying the only way to cook them? I hate frying food!

  3. Yana says:

    Thanks for this yummy, easy and healthy recipe!
    I used ricotta cheese instead of farmers, because that’s what i had+ I increased the cumin amount, because we love it so much. It was a big hit! My 5 and 1 years old sons loved these burgers too. I made a yoghurt+garlic+dill+salt sauce to go with it, needless to say it was delicious!!

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