Kale & quinoa patties

Kale & quinoa patties

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins


Serves 4

These veggie burgers are scrumptious and simple to make, top with fresh pesto and goat's cheese for a light lunch or dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal564
  • fat33g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 140g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped seeds (although more similarly treated like grains) with a little tail…

  • 500g hot vegetable stock
  • 100g kale, stalks removed, leaves roughly chopped



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 50g sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 100g goat's cheese, cut from a round log
  • green salad, to serve (optional)

For the pesto

  • ½ small pack basil, leaves only



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • ½ small pack parsley, leaves only



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g parmesan, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 150g olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Put the quinoa in a saucepan and pour over the hot stock. Simmer for 18-20 mins over a gentle heat until the grains have fluffed up and the liquid has disappeared. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the kale and simmer for 6-8 mins until cooked through. Drain, squeeze out any excess water and set aside.

  2. Put 1 tbsp olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 mins until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Tip the cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the kale, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and sundried tomatoes. Season well and mix to combine. Set aside.

  3. To make the pesto, put the basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in a small food processor. Pulse, slowly pouring in the oil, until you have a thick pesto. Squeeze in the lemon juice to loosen, then set aside.

  4. Gently heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a shallow frying pan. Using your hands, form the quinoa mixture into 8 round patties. Add to the frying pan and fry for 4-5 mins each side until crisp and golden.

  5. Heat the grill to high and put a slice of goat’s cheese on top of each patty. Place under the grill to brown and melt the cheese slightly – this will take a matter of seconds, so keep an eye on them. Top each patty with a generous spoonful of pesto and serve with some fresh green leaves, if you like.

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Erin Lau's picture
Erin Lau
25th Mar, 2020
So good! This is such a delicious, quick and easy vegetarian recipe and fills you up. Highly recommend topping with pesto, I’m definitely making this again!
m lis's picture
m lis
24th Nov, 2019
was not expecting them to be so good!!
18th Jul, 2018
Can these be frozen before they are fried?
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. These patties hold better if not frozen but if you're keen to save some for later then it is possible. Defrost thoroughly, if necessary, reshape and cook as above.
30th Apr, 2018
We absolutely loved these and will definitely be making them again! We had them in burger buns, used grilled halloumi instead of goats cheese, and served them with sweet potato fries- so delicious!
8th Jul, 2017
These were great. As a vegetarian of 32 years, you'd think I'd do a lot more cooking from scratch. but being busy, tend to sometimes rely on shop-bought veggie burgers and similar. Tonight, these reminded me that I am an okay cook and to do more of this, for my bank balance, as well as my health and taste buds. I could make more of these to take to work, for example, than keep buying 'garage sandwiches'. I remember cooking them and thinking, "They're getting golden brown on top but are they cooked throughout?" But they were! I omitted goats cheese (bleurgh! just me, but, I also cannot understand why every meat eater or restaurant owner thinks veggies love goats cheese -they don't - yes just me!) I used couscous, rather than quinoa and I added chopped hazelnuts for additional texture, only because I just bought them for pesto (in another recipe, not this) rather than the extortionally-priced pine nuts.
29th Nov, 2016
This was fabulous. The cakes became nice and crispy and held together very well. Thinking of trying them next time with slices of roasted butternut squash or avocado slices on top.
13th Apr, 2016
Made these for friends tonight, yummy. Used ready pouches of quinoa and jar of pesto though and served with salad and tiny bread rolls. Also, made in advance and reheated in oven with the goats cheese, so I wasn't frying in front of everyone!
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Abby Wilkinson
17th Sep, 2019
Can these be frozen?
17th Jul, 2018
Can I freeze these before the frying stage?
14th Apr, 2017
Is there a way this can be done without the egg/ with an egg alternative?
goodfoodteam's picture
16th Apr, 2017
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested it without the egg and it is used to bind the mixture. You should be able to do the same using an egg replaced such as Orgran, available online and from places lIke Holland & Barrett.
13th Apr, 2016
Wait until the patties are fully browned on the first side before turning them or they fall apart.
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