Ever since I discovered how to make quinoa the right way, I make it regularly. Sometimes I eat it plain, other times I turn it into some amazingly fabulous dish that can’t seem to get into my belly fast enough. Like these crispy quinoa patties. Talk about taking a bite of heaven.
Before I knew how to make quinoa properly, all the quinoa patties I made tasted bitter and not so tasty. It was really disappointing and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. After that problem was solved, all I had to do was make the patties again. And it was a success!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve craved one of these quinoa patties, because they are so stinkin’ delicious. With a crispy, golden exterior and dill Greek yogurt dip spread over the top, this recipe has always been a family favorite. They disappear in minutes!
If you’ve got a big family like I do, you may want to double (or even triple) the recipe because everyone’s going to want more than one. And if you don’t at least double it, you have an angry mob on your hands.
Seriously. Ask me how I know.
I love how easy this recipe is. Cook up a little bit of quinoa, add in some veggies,eggs, and seasonings, shape, and cook in a frying pan. It’s so easy a 10 year old could do it all by their self.
Serving the patties on a bed of lettuce is completely optional. These crispy quinoa patties can be served in a whole wheat pita pocket or hamburger bun. Or you can do what I do which is just pop it in my mouth. Well, with dill Greek yogurt dip slathered all over the top.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1½ cups broth
- 1 cups quinoa, rinsed well
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 4-5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- ¼ cup diced onion
- ¼ cup diced green and red bell peppers
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 cup organic Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon salt (can be omitted if low-sodium)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Combine broth and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 12 minutes. Let stand, removed from heat, for 5 minutes to cool.
- Saute onion, peppers, and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil until softened and lightly browned. Add to quinoa, along with salt, pepper, parsley, and eggs. Stir to combine.
- Form mixture into patties using an ice-cream scoop and then flattening each scoop with wet hands. Pan-fry patties in remaining olive oil until browned. Place on a plate with a paper towel on it. Serve immediately.
- In a small bowl, mix yogurt with garlic, fresh dill, lemon peel, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve with quinoa patties.
Sounds like a simple and healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned.
Quinoa is new to our family and I am always looking for some great recipes. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time… Cathy
Another yummy recipe, I just love following your blog! Thanks!
These look fabulous! I love making quinoa patties too, I love how easy they are to make and that you can pretty much use any vegetables you have on hand! Love the yogurt dip you served them with, that’s a great idea!
Margaret Anne says
Thanks Maria! I love being able to throw in some mushrooms, celery, or any other random vegetable I’ve got hiding in the back of the fridge.
Kim Hilbert says
I’m going to have to try these. I’d love to have quinoa. I think I may have done it wrong before it wasn’t as tasty as I’d hoped. I will skip the cucumber yogurt though, that’s not a favorite of mine.
Mmm … these sound so delicious. Quinoa is definitely a favorite of mine, too!
Jess @ Chaos & Love says
This sounds like great party food!
Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters!!
Do you think they could be frozen, either before or after pan frying?
Erin @ The Speckled Palate says
These crispy quinoa patties sound DIVINE, Margaret! Seriously. They remind me of latkes, but I bet they’d be just as delicious… if not more so. I can see these going well at ANY family gathering, and I’m contemplating making these for a football weekend extravaganza! (Because we have lots of those…)
Also, this was one of my favorites from last week’s #thatsfreshfriday! I’ll be sharing it at my blog tonight (and over my social media outlets this weekend!). Keep up the great work, and we hope to see you at this weekend’s party with yet another scrumptious recipe!
Margaret Anne says
YES! These would be so perfect for a party of cookout. I’m sure everyone will love ‘em. Thanks Erin!