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quinoa patties with cranberry sauce drizzled on it

Butternut Squash Quinoa Patties with Cranberry Orange Sauce

Healthy vegetarian butternut squash quinoa patties topped with a homemade cranberry orange sauce. Delicious, gluten free and the perfect easy side dish to make!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Healthy, Vegetarian
Keyword quinoa patties
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 231 kcal
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen


  • 1 cup mashed and cooked butternut squash*
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper
  • For the cranberry sauce:
  • 1/2 pound fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon, if desired
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. First cook the cranberry orange sauce: Combine cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup and bourbon in a small saucepan. Turn heat on high until it begins to boil, then reduce to medium low, cover and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the sauce becomes thick. 
  2. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. You may notice a popping sound; this is the cranberries bursting so don't worry!
  3. While the cranberries are cooking, you can cook the quinoa: add 1 cup of water and uncooked quinoa to a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. 

  4. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork; set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  5. To make the patties: In a large bowl, combine mashed butternut squash, quinoa, onion, garlic, egg, cumin, parmesan, basil, salt and pepper. 
  6. Form into 4 patties and place in the fridge for 10 minutes to help keep the patties in their shape. 
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and generously spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place patties in pan and cook for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown, then flip and cook 4-5 minutes longer or until they have nice crispy golden edges. They may be a little difficult to flip so be careful and make sure they are packed tightly.
  8. Serve warm with a few tablespoons of cranberry sauce over the top and extra basil, if desired. Makes 4 patties and a generous amount of sauce.

Recipe Notes

*Instead of butternut squash, you can used mashed sweet potato.

If you leave off cranberry sauce, each patty will have 144 calories, 3.9g fat, 21.2g carbs, 2.8g fiber, 1.7g sugar and 7.2g protein.

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Quinoa Patties with Cranberry Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.1g6%
Carbohydrates 41.4g14%
Fiber 5.4g23%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 7.7g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.