I've been checking out quinoa cake recipes all over the place. Mostly, they call for a couple cups of cooked quinoa, some herbs, a couple of eggs, half a cup of grated cheese and about a half a cup of something to bind it all together.
It's really easy - just mix the ingredients together, make some small-ish patties and then cook them on a hot grill.
I have issues in my kitchen, in that the salesman opted not to tell me that the heat from a gas stove would destroy (and void the warranty) of the vent on a over-the-range microwave. Instead, he sold me both a gas stove and an over-the range microwave, and as a result my smoke detector goes off at least once a week. So, I don't fry much on the stove. Instead, I use my friend the panini press/grill. It actually worked out really well in this case, because it pressed all the patties down to a consistent thickness.
Also - don't touch these for a few minutes after you put them on the pan. You don't need to add any oil or grease to prevent them from sticking, but leave them alone for a bit so that a good crispy crust can develop on the outside. On a frying pan, I'd cook them for about 3-5minutes per side. On the panini grill, which cooks both sides at once, I left them for about 5 minutes total.
This was an experiment, so I used basic ingredients like cheddar cheese and bread crumbs for binding. I think they worked out well, so the next time I think maybe I'll up my game with feta or goat cheese, fresh herbs instead of dried and oats instead of breadcrumbs.
These were yummy. The truth is, I had planned to cook these and then whip up a quick salad. I wolfed three of them down, straight off the grill, and then had to remind myself to make the salad. They were that good.
Another idea is that the next time I make them, I might make them a little bigger and put them on a bun to eat like a hamburger.