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Tofu Quinoa Patties

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I don’t know what it is about sandwiches, but I love ‘em.

Back when I worked long hours at the hospital, Jonathan made the most amazing sandwiches to go in our lunches. Knowing that I would soon sink my fangs into a big juicy sandwich like this is what kept me going.

(By the way, my hubby? He makes the best sandwiches this side of the Mississippi. Just so you know.)

To me, the most important part of a sandwich is the patty (or veggie “meat”, or whatever you’re going to use for protein). It really makes or breaks the sandwich, in my opinion.

Quinoa Tofu Patties 2 That’s why I love this recipe so much. I know each and every sandwich that I make is going to be amazing, if it has this patty.  If you’re looking for a veggie “meat”/patty/protein/thingamajig recipe that will quickly and easily take care of your weekday lunches, you’ve come to the right place.

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What you’re going to love most about these patties is the texture. There is almost a crunchiness on the outside with a softer chewiness on the inside.  The flavor? Impeccable. I don’t know what a carrot and an onion do to make this thing taste so good, but they really do. Its kind of incredible, you guys.

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The best part of all? These patties can be whipped up in no time at all. All you need is some tofu, leftover quinoa, a carrot, half an onion, and some seasonings. Presto! Lunches for the week.

Only, if you’re like me, this recipe, which makes almost two whole pans of patties, will only last you two days….because you can’t keep your hands mouth off of ‘em.

You’re welcome. :)

Note: This recipe was inspired by Tofu Veggie Patties, my very first recipe post, which was adapted from the Benton Sisters’ recipe for Tofu Chik patties. (If you want a good laugh and to see how much I’ve grown in the photography department, feel free to check out that post.) The Benton Sisters’ cookbook is kind of hard to find nowadays, but this is their website.

Tofu Quinoa Patties

Serves 6-8
Allergy Soy, Wheat
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party


  • 28oz firm tofu (about 2 blocks, not silken)
  • 2/3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cups vital wheat gluten (also known as gluten flour)
  • 1 large carrot (grated)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons McKay's vegan chicken style seasoning (Any other vegan vegetable bouillon will work. You may want to start with 2 tablespoons and add based on saltiness, if you need to. Not all bouillons' salt content is the same.)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes ((optional))
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt to taste


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2
Drain tofu, and mash it with a fork. Or use your fingers.
Step 3
Add all of your ingredients, except for your vital wheat gluten. Save that for last.
Step 4
Once all of your tofu, onion, carrot, and seasonings are well incorporated, dump in that vital wheat gluten, and mix well. You're going to have to put your hands in there at some point.
Step 5
Form your patties and place them on oiled or lined cookie sheets (you'll need 2 of them). I made small patties (about 3 tablespoons each). This recipe made about 28 of my small patties.
Step 6
Bake patties for 35-45 minutes, or until they have turned a beautiful golden color and smell amazing.
Step 7
Enjoy them in sandwiches, sliders, burgers, with tarter sauce, or all by themselves. :)
Store leftovers in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Pumla mditshwa July 26, 2013, 4:02 am

    Mmmhhh i want to be a vegan plz help me.

    • Lindsay July 26, 2013, 3:18 pm

      You can do it! Start slow and be patient with yourself. In addition to our recipes here, there are some fabulous resources at Blessings and best wishes!

      • Mel September 28, 2013, 2:03 pm

        Also, the amazing!

        • Lindsay September 28, 2013, 8:09 pm

          Haha! I’m a huge fan of as well. :)

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen July 26, 2013, 9:51 pm

    What a wonderful idea for a healthy sandwich! I love cooking with quinoa.

    • Lindsay July 27, 2013, 8:38 pm

      Me too….I’ve only really played with quinoa in the last few months, and I LOVE it! :) :)

  • Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen July 27, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Whenever I check your blog you make me wanna eat my screen Lindsay!! It always looks so delicious!! And these patties look just perfect :) :) Thank you for sharing!
    xox Amy

    • Lindsay July 27, 2013, 8:39 pm

      Aww, thanks, Amy! LOL…my goal is to make you want to eat your screen. :) I’m so glad it’s working. haha!

  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan July 29, 2013, 11:21 am

    It’s just over a half-hour til lunch and I want this sandwich NOW! The texture looks good and the taste sounds great – I made some quinoa burgers recently and they were kind of sad…I will definitely keep these in mind for my next attempt!

  • Lauren August 6, 2013, 12:55 pm

    This looks awesome!! Could I subsitute regular flour for the gluten flour?

    • Lindsay August 6, 2013, 5:49 pm

      Thanks! To be honest, I’m not sure about regular flour. It might work, but I’ve not tried it, so I just don’t know. Let me know if it works for you!

  • Mel September 28, 2013, 2:04 pm

    These were so easy & made for a great sandwich! Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been trying to transition from fake/frozen meats to making my own & this is a keeper!

    • Lindsay September 28, 2013, 8:10 pm

      Great, Mel! Thanks for reminding me to make this again. They were sooooo yummy. ;)


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