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Vegetarian Quinoa Patties for Camping

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Quinoa is a camping superfood. This ancient grain is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, plus it contains loads of iron, lysine, magnesium, and trace minerals. Quinoa keeps well in a camp pantry, cooks quickly, and tastes amazing, especially when combined with eggs, cheese, onions, and garlic to make these sturdy patties. It’s the perfect vegetarian camping meal.

We’ve been making these quinoa patties for years and years, but it wasn’t until we were stuck home during the coronavirus outbreak that we had a chance to experiment. There were two things that always bugged me about our camping quinoa patties. 1) We needed to pre-grate the cheddar cheese our bring our cheese grater camping and 2) We had to hand-form the patties, leading to big ole messes. 

A camping pot with cooked quinoa and eggs in it - the basic ingredients for vegetarian quinoa patties.
Quinoa and eggs makes this a high-protein vegetarian meal

This new recipe is so easy and so delicious. I tried chopping the cheese instead of grating it and found that it’s way better than grating it. Now we get little bits of crusty cheese on the outside of the patties. Delightful! I also made the batter a little looser than normal so I could just spoon it into a hot pan. Why didn’t I think of that sooner? 

Now making these camping quinoa patties couldn’t be easier, although it is a two-pot meal — one pot and a frying pan actually, but totally worth it. 

How to Make Vegetarian Quinoa Patties when Camping

a cutting board with chopped onions and a variety of ingredients on a picnic table for camping.
These vegetarian quinoa patties are easy to make!

Making these quinoa patties isn’t quite as easy as opening a jar and dumping it into a pot, but it’s a pretty easy from-scratch meal that goes with any green vegetable. Grilled sausages compliment them pretty well too.

First, you get your quinoa cooking with some water on your camp stove. Once it’s simmering, turn down the heat and start chopping your onions, garlic, and cheddar cheese. 

Let your cooked quinoa cool a bit and add all of the ingredients — onions, garlic, bread crumbs, salsa, cheese, and spices.

Now fry them up in a lightly oiled pan and serve. Quinoa patties also keep really well for the next day’s lunch. 

Eat them with any manner of condiments. We’ve tried them with honey-mustard sauce (my personal favorite), salsa, and salad dressing. They’re delicious with whatever you put on them!

Essential Camping Equipment for this Recipe

A camping stove with a pot and a frying pan on it. The pan has two vegetarian quinoa patties cooking and the pot contains the quinoa patty batter.
This is a two-pot meal…
  • Cooler – This recipe includes eggs and cheese, which will benefit from staying cool. We currently use a ROVR 60-liter cooler, which keeps ice cold for like 8 days and is big enough for serious road-tripping. It’s amazingly rugged and the wheels go over anything. 
  • A 2-quart saucepan with a lid and a frying pan
  • A long-handled spoon or spork and a lightweight spatula.
  • A sturdy plastic egg carton – The one we’ve recently started using is completely waterproof to protect your eggs from gross cooler ice.

Want to know exactly what’s in our camping kitchen? Read this post!

A camping plate with salad and quinoa patties
Yield: 4 servings

Vegetarian Quinoa Patties for Camping

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Perfect for vegetarian camping and for camping with families, these fantastic quinoa patties are full of protein and so easy to make.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Add quinoa and 2 cups of water to your saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  3. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  4. While the quinoa cooks, chop your onion, garlic, and cheese.
  5. Add eggs to cooked quinoa and give everything a stir.
  6. Add chopped onions, garlic, cheese, salsa, cumin, and salt/pepper to the pot, followed by the breadcrumbs.
  7. Heat your frying pan over a medium flame and add a splash of olive oil.
  8. Spoon dollops of quinoa batter into your hot pan. You can use your spoon to kind of smoosh the batter into a pancake shape.
  9. Fry for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and fry for another 2 minutes.
  10. Continue in this vein while drinking your favorite camp beverage.
  11. Serve with a green vegetable and your favorite condiment - salsa, salad dressing, or honey mustard are our favorites.


You can use any type of quinoa for this - white, red, or a mix of different types and colors.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

This recipe makes 10-12 patties, depending on their size, which is perfect for our family of four. Sometimes we have leftovers, but usually, we devour these in one sitting. Nutrition information is an estimate based on a third-party nutrition calculator.

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Tuesday 12th of May 2020

These look delicious on their own... but when you mentioned adding grilled sausage on the side I was totally sold! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

I’ve never quite developed a liking for quinoa while camping. Probably because the students would always burn it (-; But these patties look delicious. I think I’ll Give them a try. So cool to have the nutritional information. Where do you get that?

Tara Schatz

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Thanks, Karen! The nutrition info is auto-populated in Create Card, which is a plug-in developed by Mediavine. I just put in the ingredients and it calculates by itself.

Josy A

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Yum!! I feel like I'd have to make these at home to get confident before giving them a go at camp...but they sound really tasty!!

Tranquil Trekker

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

These look very similar to zucchini fritters I've made in the past (though these look better!)


Monday 11th of May 2020

Ooo, I have some quinoa I've been meaning to use! These look awesome--great for travel or lunch/dinner anytime! :]