Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Burgers with the taste of cheesy goodness!

When I was in high school, we had a Panera Bread open a few towns away. The first time I went, I ordered the broccoli cheddar soup with a big piece (sometimes two…shh!) of crusty baguette on the side. I was hooked. It was like crack in soup form. I needed to have that soup! Seriously, every time after that I always ordered the broccoli cheddar soup with baguette on the side.

Probably because it was thick, creamy and super cheesy. And like a bajillion calories and five hundred grams of fat. Totally unhealthy. But I was in high school with a speedy metabolism (or so I thought…), so that stuff didn’t matter to me. I just wanted that soup!

But now that I avoid gluten and dairy, and actually pay attention to the nutritional content of my food, soups like my beloved broccoli-cheddar are so out of the picture. And as much as I try to recreate a non-dairy version, they never come out the same. There’s something special about cheddar cheese. For reals. And there’s no such thing as a dairy-free alternative.

Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Burgers with the taste of cheesy goodness!

So rather than try and recreate that luscious soup I fondly remember from high school – probably one of the only fond memories in fact ;) – I wanted to show you how to bring those same flavors to one of our favorite things to make around here:

Quinoa burgers.

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 (and don’t worry I plan to show you all one hundred million, you’ll just still have to be here when I’m 80 years old). You can use:

Think of each of those categories, and then the kinds of flavorings you can do with the ingredient you choose, and then the toppings you can add, and then…. Okay, you get it. We could talk about this forever.

An just know, I am seriously planning to show you a hundred million quinoa burger recipes. I hope you’re excited :)

Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Burgers with the taste of cheesy goodness!

These particular burgers have definitely sailed into my top three of all time. And not just due to my love of the broccoli-cheese combo. It’s because they have the most amazing texture, taste like the real deal and are loaded with good-for-you ingredients.

Our base is quinoa and beans, both all-star, plant-based proteins. Then we’ve got the antioxidant powers of broccoli, and the vegan cheesy flavor of nutritional yeast.

I know broccoli can be a touchy subject, especially in a household of kids (watch this video and you’ll see what I mean – it’s the typical kid reaction) Personally, I freaking love broccoli, but these burgers will convince even the pickiest of eaters.

They’re 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!

Either way, you’re going to love them.

ps – would you be interested in getting a full quinoa burger tutorial? I’m thinking of putting together a post that outlines how to make the ultimate quinoa burger (kind of like this green smoothie guide). What do you think?

Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 10 burgers

Serving Size: 2 burgers


  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup broccoli stems (or more florets)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard (dijon will also work)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons quinoa flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Oil for cooking (optional, see notes below)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Form dough into patties and place on a parchment lined sheet / plate. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  5. Cooking options:
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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25 Responses to Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Burgers

  1. Nikki says:

    Mmmmm these sound yummy can’t wait to try. Broccoli is my fav veggie!
    I used to love broccoli and Stilton soup till I realised dairy doesn’t like me!
    So pleased I’ve discovered nutritional yeast flakes tho!!
    I would definitely like the idea of the quinoa burger tutorial, I have become a big quinoa fan since finding your site!
    Keep up the good work :)

    • Thanks so much Nikki! That soup sounds seriously delicious. When I could eat dairy Stilton was one of my favorite cheeses. Mmmm!!! And glad you like the idea of a burger tutorial, I think I’ll start working on it :)

      • Nikki says:


        Just made them :) yummy every mouthful tasted really healthy too. They will be great to have in freezer as with my numerous intolerances I struggle for tasty nice food!! I am so glad I found your site a few months ago, quinoa is amazing, just like you. I’m trying to get everyone into it now, might struggle with my fiancé tho ;p

  2. Saleha Seedat says:

    Hi Alyssa ,
    Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes! Is there anything I can sub for the nutritional yeast? How bout just plain old cheese? Im not dairy free, so that is a option for me. Thanks. God bless!

    • Yes, absolutely!! I think it would be delicious with parmesan or grated romano cheese. I’m sure you could also use cheddar, but I think because it will be more melty, you might have to change up some of the other proportions. Good luck! Let me know how they turn out :)

  3. Have you ever tried Daiya cheese? It’s vegan and soy free and absolutely life changing. It tastes just like the real thing when it’s melted and I use it in my vegan, gluten-free baked mac and cheese with GF Italian Breadcrumbs. YUM!
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    • I have, and while it’s great for melting, I have to admit, I really don’t like how processed it is :( Just my personal opinion, but I’d rather have no cheesy anything than tapioca starch cheese

  4. shakti says:

    Great site.
    Just started and really find it very useful. Thank you.
    Particularly love these burgers, quinoa, broccoli, vegan really perfect for me.

  5. shakti says:

    These recipes are amzingly good and nutritious.
    Thank you.

  6. We eat lots of quinoa these days and I really love the idea turning them into the patties. They look healthy, nutritious and delicious.
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  7. Oh mine, these are my type of burgers. I have never tried them with broccoli! Thanks for sharing! :) ela

  8. Joel A. says:

    I’m not a broccoli fan, but I would eat this anytime.
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  9. Nik says:

    These look awesome, I can’t wait to make them!

    For the record have you tried raw cheese or better yet, raw goats milk cheddar? I don’t do great with dairy but adore cheese and think life’s too short, so I tried those out and the raw goat cheddar cheese gives me no problem! Someone to think about maybe :)

  10. These burgers look so delicious and so easy! Love the addition of quinoa.

  11. Lori says:

    I love your site and I am always looking for interesting recipes that include quinoa because of the health benefits. ALso I am gf/df which draws me to your site.

    Now to my question…. Could I use a can of white beans/northern beans instead of the chickpeas. I love the white beans and keep those on hand at all times.
    Next question is if I don’t have the toasted quinoa flour on hand could I use maybe a buckwheat or almond flour.

    I usually keep cooked quinoa in the fridge for smoothies or I eat it like oatmeal with raisins and a dash of cinnamon sugar.

    Thanks for you site and am always searching the recipe bins for new and exciting things to try.

    • Hi Lori! Thanks for stopping by, glad you’re enjoying the recipes we have here :)

      To answer your questions: I do think white beans would work, but I think you might have to adjust the other ingredients a little bit. I find that white beans don’t have as strong of a structure to them, so you might want to add some more quinoa or flour. And number two, yes you can absolutely sub whatever flour you have on hand. It’s really to just help soak up some moisture and give the patties a little more bind. Enjoy them!! xo

  12. Debbie Fecak says:

    Would you cook them before freezing for future use?

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