This easy air fryer recipe for vegetarian quinoa patties is a quick and easy meal to prepare. I often use leftover quinoa to make the vegetarian patties.
Air Fryer Vegetarian Quinoa Patties Recipe
Quinoa is a healthy alternative to rice and it can be cooked in as many different ways you would make rice. You can change the flavors and make a delicious side dish based on how you feel on any given day.
This air fryer vegetarian quinoa patties recipe is very easy. It’s not rocket science. There are just a few ingredients and there’s flexibility to add whatever ingredients and flavors you might like. Now, that’s my kind of recipe!
Making quinoa patties is a recipe I often make with leftover quinoa. Do you sometimes save leftovers but there is not enough to have it with dinner on another night? That happens to me when grampy is cleaning up after dinner. He saves everything which is o.k. Why not make fritters or patties with only a handful of leftovers? Of course!
I always like to reinvent leftovers. If you follow me you might notice that I have quite a few recipes using some chicken leftovers. Leftovers are a ‘good thing’ and can also be a time saver. They can be your BFF when you don’t always have time to make an entire meal.
Quinoa can be moist and if extra veggies are added you might need to adjust the flour and bread crumbs ingredients to help absorb some of the moisture. When I started to prepare the mixture I realized it was too soft and a bit crumbly. I just added additional flour and bread crumbs until the mixture came together.
Here is another Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe you can make any time. This recipe sometimes yields leftovers. Perfect for making another easy quinoa patty recipe.Print
Air Fryer Vegetarian Quinoa Patties Recipe
Air Fryer Vegetarian Quinoa Patties Recipe is very easy to make any time. You can make these from scratch cooking up the quinoa and then making patties. I usually use leftover quinoa for the patties. Using leftovers makes this recipe a winner. It’s quick, easy, and a very satisfying side dish for any meal. Great for game day snacks as well.
- Prep Time: 20 min.
- Cook Time: 20-30 min.
- Total Time: 35-45 min
- Yield: 8-10 patties
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup dry quinoa (cooked according to directions) (yields about 2 1/2 – 3 cups cooked quinoa)
- 1-2 eggs
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach* (cleaned and dry)
- 1 small shallot chopped (or scallion, onion)
- 1 small clove garlic chopped
- 1 tsp. cumin (optional)
- 2 TBLS. all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup panko crumbs (plus additional for coating patties)
- 2 TBLS. avocado oil for frying only (or any light oil)
- salt and pepper to taste
AIR FRYER INSTRUCTIONS:
- In a large bowl add the cooked and cooled quinoa and the remaining ingredients, except the oil, which is for pan frying only if you choose.
- Stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The mixture should hold together. If not add a little more flour or bread crumbs. Set aside and let sit a few minutes for the crumbs to absorb some of the moisture.
- In a small flat plate add additional panko bread crumbs for additional coating as needed.
- Heat the air fryer at 320 degrees (Be sure to check the manufacturer’s directions for your appliance. All Air Fryers will cook a bit different.)
- Make small patties (about 2 inch rounds) and pat each side with the additional panko crumbs.
- Place in pre-heated air fryer. Cook until brown, approximately 6-8 minutes, and carefully turn over to brown the other side for another 3 or 4 minutes..
- Continue until all patties are cooked
FRYING PAN INSTRUCTIONS
- In a large bowl add the cooked and cooled quinoa and the remaining ingredients, except the oil.
- Stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The mixture should hold together. If not add a little more flour or bread crumbs. Set aside and let sit for a few minutes for the crumbs to absorb some of the moisture.
- In a small flat plate add additional panko crumbs for coating.
- Heat avocado oil or canola oil in a saute pan.
- Make small patties and pat each side with the additional panko crumbs.
- Place in pre-heated pan, cook until brown and carefully turn over to brown the other side.
- Place on paper towel and continue until all patties are cooked.
I cooked the quinoa patties at the above temperature and time in my air fryer. If you are comfortable using your air fryer you will know the appropriate temperature to use and cooking time.
This is a healthy side dish. You can also make them as sliders — a great option for the vegetarians. The very first time I made this recipe many years ago, I fried the patties. You can also bake them in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes and turn over bake for another 5 minutes. This method will heat up your kitchen. The air fryer is the way to cook this recipe when the temps are high in the middle of summer.
TIP: *You can add whatever vegetables you like to the patties, even if you have leftover veggies. Chop the vegetable(s) into small pieces, or use a grater.
If you wanted to make a non-vegetarian version you can add 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese to the mixture.
Another terrific TIP is to make extra patties. You can freeze them and use them another day when time is short.
Using the air fryer when the weather is warm is a huge plus. This easy recipe will not heat up the kitchen. In this photo below, I served these patties as a light supper this week. The weather is warm, no need to overwork in the kitchen. I added fresh spinach leaves, and fresh sliced apples for a nice crunch along with chopped walnuts.
Serve the patties with your favorite ingredients. A little imagination is helpful, or use what you have in the fridge for a light supper.
Sometime I’ll add Greek yogurt as a dipping sauce, or make a slider and add sliced tomato and lettuce.
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