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Southwest Quinoa Sliders with Avocado Cream Sauce

Healthy, hearty and such a crowd-pleaser!

Southwest Quinoa Sliders with Avocado Cream Sauce - Healthy, hearty and such a crowd-pleaser!

Ugh, I have the Monday blues. It doesn’t matter that this is a short work week – Mondays will always be Mondays. Although I am pretty freaking grateful that I have Thursday and Friday off. Now if only I can survive the grocery store tonight. I have some last minute things to pick up so I can make this stuffing with jalapeño cornbread.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I am so grateful that I have a menu finalized! Jason’s sister’s family takes care of the bird and various sides but this year, I am in charge of the ham, stuffing, cornbread, candied yams, and dessert. I just hope I can pull it all off. I always plan way more than I can handle!

Southwest Quinoa Sliders with Avocado Cream Sauce - Healthy, hearty and such a crowd-pleaser!

Now you’re probably wondering why on earth I would post quinoa sliders today. I did have a week of Thanksgiving leftover recipes for you guys but then I thought, with the biggest holiday right around the corner where we all overindulge and overeat and can’t fit into our skinny jeans, I couldn’t help but post a meatless, healthy recipe. I think it’s safe to say that we all need to go a bit lighter in preparation for the big day, right?

Southwest Quinoa Sliders with Avocado Cream Sauce - Healthy, hearty and such a crowd-pleaser!

And that’s exactly what this recipe does. It’s vegetarian-friendly and chockfull of Mexican flair with chipotle peppers, corn, beans and of course, a creamy avocado sauce. Now don’t be fooled by the size of these cute little sliders. A couple of these babies is just enough for a perfectly light yet hearty dinner option!

Southwest Quinoa Sliders with Avocado Cream Sauce - Healthy, hearty and such a crowd-pleaser!

Southwest Quinoa Sliders with Avocado Cream Sauce

Healthy, hearty and such a crowd-pleaser!

20 minutes5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons pureed chipotle peppers, in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 12 split slider buns, toasted, for serving
  • 2 cups arugula, for serving
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced, for serving

For the avocado cream sauce

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the avocado cream sauce, combine avocado, garlic, Greek yogurt, cilantro, salt and pepper, to taste, in the bowl of a food processor; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine qunioa, Parmesan, panko, flour, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle peppers, lime juice, eggs, corn, beans, salt and pepper, to taste. Divide the mixture into 12 balls; press each lightly to form 1/4-inch-thick patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add patties to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side, flipping only once.
  4. Serve quinoa patties on rolls with arugula, tomatoes and avocado cream sauce.

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16 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    My daughter requests this all the time. Delicious!

  2. Made these last week and the flavor was great! All 3 teens gave them 2 thumbs up. The problem I had was that the patties just didn’t hold together while cooking and flipping, no matter how gently I tried to handle them. They didn’t want to hold together well while I was forming the balls so I guess that should have been a clue. Not sure what the solution is but I’m guessing a slightly drier mixture … more panko? more flour? both? Definitely making them again so I’ll have to experiment. (Also, just want to say that I love your blog and your recipes are always a big hit in our house! Our favs are Quinoa Enchilada Casserole and Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce. I have happy kids when I tell them one of those are on the menu for dinner!)

  3. I was wondering if I could bake these instead of frying? I need a double batch worth and it would be so much less work to bake them all at once in the oven.

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  4. May I ask where you get the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

  5. I’m excited to try these! do you think I can freeze the patties? And should I freeze before or after cooking? 
    Thank you for a healthy alternative Slider!!!!

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

      • Hi Chungah and Therese, I wanted to let you know that I made this recipe and froze a bunch of patties and it turned out great! I froze the patties uncooked and used wax paper to separate each one. They froze well and when I was ready to cook them, I put them in the microwave on defrost for about a minute and that worked perfectly. I will caution that because they have raw egg in them, I would not freeze them for any longer than 30 days to be on the safe side. Thanks Chungah for such a plethora of reliable and DAMN delicious recipes!!

  6. Can you use a blender instead of a food processor for the sauce? I don’t have one.

  7. These were amazing! Definitely going to make them again! I impressed my whole family! 

  8. Oh my goodness, once again . . . DELICIOUS!
    Every recipe of yours that I have tried has been wonderful! My husband and I are vegetarians and you have some great options for us.

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  10. Tasty, tasty!! i could demolish a few of these I tell ya!