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March 24, 2020

by Alyssa

Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

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These simple broccoli quinoa burgers take the classic broccoli cheddar flavor and turn them into a tasty vegan meal. Easy to make, gluten-free and freezer-friendly!

Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Burgers Recipe

I've always loved the broccoli cheddar combination. I don't know who invented it, but dang. It's so good!

And while I used to love eating broccoli cheddar soup by the bowl-full, it's not so easy to do that now that I'm dairy-free. But the flavor combo? Still totally achievable. And today we're mixing things up and throwing it into a burger!

These broccoli quinoa burgers have a slightly “cheesy” flavor thanks to nutritional yeast. They also are so easy to make, use 10 ingredients and are great on top of salads or as a vegan main!

How to Make Broccoli Burgers

The Many Sides of Quinoa Burgers

I honestly love making homemade burgers. They're such a great thing to have on hand both for easy lunches or grab-and-go dinners. We basically always have a stockpile in our freezer.

And yes, I love adding quinoa to them.

Quinoa burgers are such a simple meal, but what makes them so special is that there are literally one hundred million ways we can make them. You can use:

And so many more! I'm linking even more below!

How to Make Healthy Veggie Burgers

Ingredients for Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

So for today's recipe, we're using the base of beans. Specifically, chickpeas since they have a mild flavor and allow the color of the broccoli to really shine. In addition to the chickpeas, here's what else we're using:

  • Broccoli: we start by steaming some broccoli florets. We're using 3 whole cups in this recipe so they're packed with fiber and broccoli flavor!
  • Cooked quinoa: I love using cooked quinoa as a binder in burgers. It adds protein, helps give the burgers a nice texture and it tastes really great.
  • Whole grain mustard: mustard will add a nice little kick of flavor!
  • Nutritional yeast: our cheesy flavor is coming from nutritional yeast which is high in protein, delicious and also often fortified with vitamin B12.
  • Garlic powder: the other flavor for our broccoli quinoa burgers is garlic powder. It's such an easy way to get that garlicky flavor without the hassle of chopping garlic.
  • Quinoa flour: and finally, quinoa flour! The flour absorbs some fo the moisture and helps the burgers hold together as they cook.

And of course, we're also using salt and pepper!

Healthy Vegan Quinoa Burgers

High Protein Veggie Burgers

Since our base is quinoa, beans, and nutritional yeast, we're packing a punch in the protein department. Each little burger (I usually eat two or three) contains 5 grams of plant-based protein. So they're filling and they're absolutely delicious!

Broccoli, I know can be a touchy subject, especially in a household of kids. Personally, I freaking love broccoli, but I think these burgers will convince even the pickiest of eaters. If broccoli is an absolute no-go for you or your fam, you can totally swap with cauliflower!

The Best Vegan Broccoli Burgers

The Best Toppings for Veggie Burgers

These broccoli quinoa burgers are tender, light and make the perfect dinner or lunch. You could also make them into little balls and use them as an appetizer at your next party. They'd be delicious dipped in my vegan alfredo sauce!

I love topping them with:

But no matter who you top them, I know you're going to love them! Make sure to share a photo with us on Instagram by tagging @simplyquinoa and sharing in your story!

Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

More Easy Veggie Burgers to try:

Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

The classic broccoli-cheddar combo has been recreated, but with a vegan twist and turned into quinoa burgers. They're just as good as they sound.
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 10 burgers
Calories 95kcal
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  • Steam broccoli until tender, either using a steamer basket or just in a small pan with a little water in the bottom. Drain and let cool until cool enough to handle.
  • Once cool, add broccoli to a food processor and pulse until chopped into very small pieces, 10 - 15 pulses. Add chickpeas, quinoa and mustard and pulse until a dough starts to form.
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl, add in remaining ingredients (starting with 4 tablespoons quinoa flour) and knead by hand until dough can be formed into patties, adding more quinoa flour as needed.
  • Form dough into patties and place on a parchment lined sheet / plate. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Cooking options:
  • 1) Heat oil over medium high heat. To test if it's ready, sprinkle a little water on the pan. If water immediately sizzles, the pan is ready. Add burgers to pan, cooking until browned on both sides, 2 - 3 minutes per side. Place on wire rack to cool while finish cooking.
  • 2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, add patties and bake on the center rack for 20 - 30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until burgers are crispy.



Serving: 1burger | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers
Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers
Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers
Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers
Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

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    • Either way! You can either freeze them after you cook them and then pop them in the microwave or freeze beforehand and defrost and cook normally.

    • I’m so sorry you had that experience with these burgers. I appreciate the honest review!

  1. Hi! These look so yummy, can’t wait to try! Quick question: can I cook them in the air fryer instead of the oven or on the stove? Thanks!

  2. These were so good! I made them tonight. I stared them too late in the day to be able to chill them as long as I wanted, but I stuck them in the freezer for about 20 minutes and that worked pretty well. I’ll have to search for a good gluten free bun for next time–tonight I made it work as a lettuce wrap since heading to the store right now to search for gluten free buns (with a low ingredient list…) isn’t really an option.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Made the broccoli quinoa burgers tonight for dinner they were amazing! Thank you for your recipe it will be one of my favorites 🙂

  4. Love your recipes. I have a question about the cheeszy broccoli quinoa burgers which I’ve made using recipe on your site. On you tube you used flax egg instead of the 1 tbsp of mustard and I was curious about the change. Great recipe. My 19 year old granddaughter loveso them also.

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  8. Made these for dinner today. I didn’t have nutritional yeast, so used goats cheese. I substituted the quinoa flour for 2 tablespoons of coconut flour. I also divided the mixture into four and froze two portions and have the other quarter for tomorrow. How’s that for organisation? They were so delicious. Thanks for the recipes and please keep them coming!

  9. Is there something I could substitute for the mustard, or do you think it would still turn out if I just left it out? I wish I liked mustard because these sound delicious otherwise!

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  11. Love the idea simple yet very nutritional. I’m thinking that I can add lettuce and what ever other veggies. Who said eating healthy has to be boaring.

  12. I really need to get my hands on some nutritional yeast. Sounds like a tasty burger addition! Especially with the garlic powder.

  13. This would be a great for the kiddos! My kids would love them and not even know they have broccoli in them. 😉

  14. I’m so excited about and looking forward to trying these, only thing I’d like to know is can I use chickpea flour instead of quinoa flour? Not sure if the protein flours are interchangeable or not, or if you think it would mess with the flavor too much. The chickpea flour was bought for one disasterous recipe months ago and has been sitting in the cabinet ever since with no hope for parole, so figured if I could use it, might as well. Thanks!

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