Pico de Gallo Quinoa Burgers

Why oh why did it take me 29 years to try a quinoa burger??? I feel like I have been deprived all of my life.

One of the reasons that I didn’t eat my first quinoa burger until last week was because we are not huge fans of veggie burgers in our home. For one, I’m not a huge fan of the frozen variety. They just don’t taste the best to me. Second, Ryan is not a huge fan of me not serving some kind of meat at dinner. Third, I always assumed that veggie burgers were hard to make.

Well…You know what they say about assuming.

But now that I know just how good and how easy quinoa burgers are to make, you can bet that I will be making them constantly. Quinoa itself is such a blank canvas. I can’t wait to find out all of the different combinations I can come up with.

First up is this Pico de Gallo Quinoa Burger. It’s loaded with tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, onions and every burger needs cheese so this one is studded with cotija cheese. It all gets mixed together then pan fried until the outside is golden brown. Finally you put it on a bun, top it with some lettuce and guacamole. It’s heaven I tell you. Heaven.

And to those of you that think that a burger is not a burger unless it has meat, my husband is the same way, and he gobbled these up. Trust me, even the most carnivorous won’t miss the meat.

Pico de Gallo Quinoa Burgers Recipe

Serves 6


  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • canola oil
  • 6 Hamburger Buns
  • Lettuce



Cook quinoa according to package directions. Allow to cool.


Combine cooked quinoa, salt, cumin, cheese, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, bread crumbs and eggs together in a bowl. Use your hands to mix well. Once everything is well combined, use your hands to form the mixture into 6 patties. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. This will allow them to firm up.


When you are ready to cook, heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook patties 5 - 7 minutes on each side or until the outside is golden brown and the patties are cooked through (since there is egg in them).


Toast buns if desired.


To assemble a burger, place lettuce on bottom bun, top with quinoa burger and spoon guacamole on top, top with top bun. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve.


Note: These patties are also great sans bun with a spoonful of guacamole on top. But if I tried to serve Ryan a meal that didn't have meat or a bun and called it a burger he would just laugh at me. :)


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  • Reply
    November 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Can these be frozen after they’re made? My batch made way more than 6 servings.

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    August 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Looks delish! I read that you add the quinoa cooked, but is the 3/4 cup dry or is that the amount you need to add cooked?

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      August 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you for catching that Leslie! You need 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa. :)

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    Susan Pridmore
    August 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I cannot wait to make these!!! They are perfect for me!!!

    • Reply
      August 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

      I hope you enjoy them!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch}
    August 6, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I haven’t made one yet… now I just got to! Love this burger girl!

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    August 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I love cotija ;-) This looks and sounds absolutely amazing! <3 YUM

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More
    August 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I need to try a quinoa burger! These look amazing!

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    August 4, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I’m with you not a fan of veggie burgers…especially the frozen variety. These look worth a try!!

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    August 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    lol Des, I’m the same way when it comes to meatless meals. But, I’ve NEVER been let down by one of your recipes, so I can’t wait to try this quinoa burger…sounds YUMMY!!!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature
    August 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Um, I’ve never had a quinoa burger and now I feel like I’m majorly missing out too!!! I need one asap!

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    David Chun
    August 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I have left over quinoa and was going to make burgers too. I will have to try this.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    August 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Aren’t quinoa burgers the best?! I can’t wait to give your version a try – it sounds heavenly!

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