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Quinoa-Eggplant Burgers

Delicious and totally gluten-free, these quinoa-eggplant burgers were a huge hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. A crowd pleaser!

It's the final day of Bob's Red Mill quinoa week, and I've had a blast so far. People have loved the recipes, and lots of folks have entered the giveaways 🙂 Luckily for all of you, there is one more giveaway left!

The theme of this week for me has been all about autumn recipes, and this recipe is no exception. This final recipe was celebrating tri-color (or rainbow) quinoa, which just so happens to be my personal favorite!

I went the vegetarian direction with this one, since I know many of you avoid meat, and I'm sure the rest of you appreciate a vegetarian meal sprinkled in on occasion – Meatless Monday anyone?

I've always been a fan of eggplant, but haven't done much out-of-the-box thinking with it. It's usually just the basics (which are delish), but that gets boring after a while.

So…I decided to turn them into burgers. And added quinoa (rainbow this time!) of course.

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I was craving a veggie burger when I whipped up these quinoa-eggplant burgers, but I wanted to do something different. Something that wasn't my same old-same old. To add a creamy texture and smoky flavor, I roasted the eggplants before pureeing them with white beans, quinoa and a few other ingredients.

These eggplant burgers were not only delicious served as above (on a homemade gluten-free english muffin, sliced tomato, and lettuce), but also tasted great the next served over a bed of mixed greens and drizzled with a creamy cashew dressing. This might just be my new favorite veggie burger recipe!

Quinoa-Eggplant Burgers

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Healthy, delicious and totally gluten-free, these quinoa-eggplant burgers were a huge hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. A crowd pleaser!
author: Alyssa
yield: 8 Patties
Vegetarian Eggplant Quinoa Burgers
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the eggplant with the oil, salt and pepper the roast until softened, 25 - 40 minutes.
  • Add the roasted eggplant to the bowl of a food processor fit with the steel blade and pulse a few times. Add the shallot and white beans and process until almost smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until a dough forms (this will be a little soft, but that's okay).
  • Using wet hands, shape the dough into patties and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (this will help them firm up).
  • 15 minutes prior to cooking the burgers, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the patties halfway through.
  • Serve warm on a toasted gluten-free bun with your desired toppings.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 3.1mg
cuisine: American
course: Main Course

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23 comments on “Quinoa-Eggplant Burgers”

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    1. I was wondering the same thing as Marlene – is there anything that we can substitute for the almond meal in this recipe?

  2. I really love this site and so thank you very much!
    i am mad about burgers and I love salads and vegetable bakes of all descriptions.
    i would really appreciate gluten free and vegetarian/vegan.
    I love ginger cake and have never found any for me yet. do you think you will be doing some, fruit cakes are my favourite too!

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  4. I’m excited to try the Tri-Color Quinoa and use it to make a breakfast bowl complete with apples, walnuts and honey!

  5. i’m most excited about trying the tricolor. I think the first thing I would make is a big batch of southwest quinoa patties for the hubster, he loves them!

  6. I roasted and froze a great deal of eggplant from our garden this year. Am excited to try out this recipe! I don’t digest beans well, though, so am trying to figure out a good substitute. Ideas? Thanks so much! I love this site! I use your recipes often!

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    Susan from Scottsdale

    I agree with you Alyssa; it is an excellent idea for a meatless Monday meal. In fact, I have an eggplant in my fridge right now and I might just do this! Thanks for another creative recipe. Happy cooking and creating! Love it!

  8. This looks fabulous! Mmmmm Eggplant & quinoa, a match made in heaven! I’m gonna try this recipe out this week. Thanks for posting!

  9. I’m most excited about tri-color and also about trying out this recipe. I love both eggplants and quinoa so it sounds perfect.