nutritional information

Per Serving (2 cakes):

  • Calories: 125
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Total Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg
  • Sodium: 282 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 2 g

Crispy Quinoa Cakes

Crispy Quinoa Cakes

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

Serve these with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. After trying the recipe as is, mix things up: Replace 1 cup quinoa with lentils, and season with curry powder to make Indian koftas. Or mix in more chopped parsley, and serve in pitas for quinoa falafel. Recipe by Kirstin Uhrenholdt.
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ Tbs. tahini or nut butter
  • 1 ½ tsp. red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup finely grated sweet potato
  • ½ 10-oz. pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 2 oz. crumbled feta cheese, optional
  • 2 Tbs. finely diced onion
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • ½ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine egg, flour, tahini, and vinegar in bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, then mash together until mixture is firm enough to shape into cakes. Shape mixture into 1/4-cup patties with wet hands. Bake on prepared baking sheet 25 minutes, turning once, or until cakes are browned.

September 2011 p.65

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There's nothing wrong with frozen spinach, nutritionally, and if it takes that minor of a shortcut to make this vs. thawing a ready-made veg burger . . . go for it. BUT, have you ever tried to thaw *half* of one of those spinach-bricks?? Buy a 16-oz bag of frozen chopped spinach, and thaw about 1/3 of it. Save the rest to add to other recipes - it won't go to waste - I almost never open a can of soup (even Amy's, great though they are) without tossing in a little extra frozen spinach. Easy vitamins, y'know!

Sandy D - 2016-03-25 21:52:09

@ LaWenda: The only gluten-containing ingredient is 2 T. all-purpose flour, to make the quinoa stick together - you could substitute a mixture of tapioca and corn starches (that makes a decent gravy thickener, BTW), or of tapioca starch, oat flour, & sorghum flour, on any GF "all-purpose" flour mix. Wine vinegars are made of wine, which is fruit juice and therefore GF to begin with. It's only baking recipes that require juggling and a chem. degree to convert to GF! :)

Sandy D - 2016-03-15 18:31:59

Vegan Alternative Well you could use ground flax and let it soak for 5 mins to replicate what an egg does and choose some sort of nut based cheese to replace the feta! Love cashew cheese but that will have a different taste of course... just experiment, look up a "guideline" recipe and remember to soak the nuts overnight... Does anyone have a few alternatives in mind for replacing the acidic based items? Ahh a little treat now and then never hurts, cant wait to try this

Dylan - 2015-04-04 13:44:54

Not bad, but lacking in flavour. Added cumin and soy sauce

Courtney - 2015-02-14 23:56:48

Can you please make recipe gluten free.

LaWenda - 2015-02-10 05:02:56

It looked good, but I'd have to figure out how to make it vegan. It's on my "maybe" list, if I can figure that out. Not sure it would come out the same.

Phoenix Hocking - 2015-02-09 22:53:58

Finely grated sweet potato, raw or cooked before shredding?

Val - 2015-02-09 22:53:24


Sue steffen - 2014-09-18 12:04:44

I made these tonight exactly as the recipe said. To be honest I tried really hard to like them, but I just couldn't. However, my 14 month old devoured one! (And he's fussy!) I couldn't entice my 3 yr-old to eat one but I have the answer to that! I mashed the pattie and spread it onto a piece of bread then put mince on top then sprinkled cheese over and then grilled it - yeah it took a little while! But guess what, he loved it! Will now be using this recipe as a "spread" for club sandwiches.

Alice - 2014-08-08 11:35:25


Linda - 2014-07-15 20:35:36

If you like eating chalk this is right up your alley!

John - 2014-07-03 02:40:24

next burger

Robyn - 2014-07-02 09:09:37

How do I replace the egg in the recipe ??

Shruti - 2014-07-02 04:35:37

Looking forward to trying this recipe

Barbara Mercer - 2014-07-01 23:25:51