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Pico de Gallo Quinoa Burgers

A hearty, vegetarian quinoa burger with pico de gallo and cotija cheese, topped with guacamole. Even the most carnivorous won't miss the meat.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings



  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 to matoes 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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Keywords: bbq, burger, cojita cheese, Food, guacamole, pico de gallo, qunioa, Recipe, Vegetarian, vegetarian burger, veggie burger