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BBQ Cheddar Quinoa Burgers

These BBQ cheddar quinoa burgers are made with quinoa, sautéed mushrooms, pecans, egg, and spices! They're incredibly delicious, easy, to make, and they are a healthy meatless burger option!

Course Burger, Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms (can use white button mushrooms too)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, very finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Tessemae's), plus extra for topping
  • lettuce for topping
  • sliced tomato for topping
  • sliced red onion for topping
  • your favorite buns


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and add quinoa. Cover, reduce to low heat and cook for 15-18 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium/high heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions become soft and translucent. Add the mushrooms, garlic, oregano, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg. Add the cooled quinoa, mushroom mixture, cheddar cheese, toasted pecans, oats, soy sauce, salt, and BBQ sauce. Mix until throughly combined. Form into 4-5 patties and place on baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes, flip very gently (they will still be delicate at this point), and bake for another 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like them. They'll be done once they're golden and crispy on top and the edges! Serve with extra BBQ sauce, lettuce, sliced tomato, and sliced red onion!