I told you my buffalo obsession was getting out of control.

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Obsession is so overused though. But nothing else in the thesaurus seemed fitting. Passion? Do I have a buffalo passion?

I guess we can roll with it.

Given my… passion… with buffalo-style, well, everything – I’ve branched out. It’s not just about chicken anymore my friends. Things are getting serious.

Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders with Sweet Corn + Scallions I howsweeteats.com

The other pressing issue is my infatuation with sweet corn. I mean, I think it’s been bad every other summer, but this year it is really bad. I can’t wait to get my hands on the good stuff that comes off the stalk, but here I have to wait until maybe even August for that. So I supplement with whatever I can find. Worth it.

Quinoa patties, let me count the ways that I love you. I don’t care if this stuff is super trendy or just a fad – I like it because it essentially almost takes on the taste of whatever you pair it with or whatever you’d like it to. It crisps up and you know how I need texture in my life, preferably crunch crunch crunch that does not have anything to do with vegetables. When made into patties, these little things can be eaten with side dishes or on burgers or in salads or as snacks. It’s just… endless.

There is a little buffalo wing sauce (I used Frank’s Buffalo Wing, by the way – nothing else and not the original Red Hot) inside the quinoa patties, but I really wanted the corn to shine. There is enough cheese that it’s cheesy though. Obviously.

Enough cheese so it’s cheesy. Huh. I’m just killing it in the description department today.

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I don’t even remember the first time I ate quinoa, but it was long before I even knew what a blog was. Well, back then, I thought a blog was just something that emo girls wrote their depressing feelings in online and then tried to share through My Space. I had a My Space account for like a total of seven minutes and hated every second.

Unlike most other things in my life though, I didn’t try quinoa because everyone else was eating it – I don’t even think people were eating it then. I mean I’m sure SOMEONE was eating it but, yeah… you get it. I didn’t try it to be cool, like I do with coffee. And like I did with Game of Thrones last night when I just had to watch the last ten minutes of the most recent episode so I could be up to date on pop culture.

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Gah. You know I can’t stand it when I don’t know what’s going on. And of course, it meant absolutely nothing to me because even though I’m a gigantic slave to HBO programming, after the first season I just couldn’t handle it. Not my style. Seriously, if you even think you know me, then you’re well aware that there is not enough girly girl crap, bad acting, tacky love scenes, unrealistic romance and annoyingess on that show for me. Basically, it’s not chick-flick enough.

And stop looking at me that way. I always tell you I have terrible taste.

At least I know who I am. 

Anyway – these sliders. Cute, crunchy, piled with cheese and wing sauce and tiny. Which means you can eat as many as you want. Just do it.

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Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders with Sweet Corn + Scallions

Yield: makes 8-10 sliders, depending on the size of your buns

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked sweet corn
4 scallions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1/3 cup finely grated romano cheese
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons flour
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons buffalo wing sauce + more for topping
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces white cheddar cheese
8-10 multigrain slider buns or dinner rolls, toasted


In a large bowl, combine quinoa, corn, scallions, garlic and cilantro. Mix well to combine. Add in cheese, panko, flour, salt and pepper, tossing again to mix. Stir in eggs and buffalo wing sauce until the mixture is moistened, then using your hands, form patties by pressing the quinoa together. I literally squeeze it together into my hands and form a patty, smoothing out the sides. Set the patties on a cutting board.

Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add sliders and cook until crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Once golden on both sides, add some cheddar on top and cook until it's melted. To assemble sliders, place patties on the buns and cover in additional wing sauce. Eat!

[adapted from my crispy quinoa sliders]

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129 Responses to “Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders with Sweet Corn + Scallions.”

  1. #
    Reba - Not So Perfect Life — June 6, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Not only do these look beautiful they are loaded with great nutrition! I love buffalo sauce as well :)


  2. #
    Jessi @ What The Efff — June 6, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    These look incredible! You are so creative!


  3. #
    tara — June 6, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    these look delicious!! I just had quinoa for the first time yesterday and it was awesome. I want t omake these next. I’m doing weight watchers though so have to figure out the nutritional info and points first! what a treat these will be!!


  4. #
    TiffanyAzure@CremedelaCrumb — June 6, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Ah, adorable! And take comfort in knowing you are not alone in your buffalo obsession… Salad, burgers, grilled cheese, quesadillas, pizza, pasta… Lets talk about how I buffalo-style anything and everything I can get my hands on :)


  5. #
    Sarah — June 6, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    OMG! These are SO CUTE and look SO TASTY!!!!!!!


  6. #
    Colette @ JFF! — June 6, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    I’ll be my hubby would love these and never miss meat!


  7. #
    Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com — June 6, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    Hold the phone. These look awesome. Like mind blowingly. I will definitely be making these in some form. I could so skip the bun and eat them like chicken nuggets. Is that wrong? Pinning!


    • Nicole — June 6th, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

      I skipped the bun! I added ranch dressing because I needed something to cut the spiciness without the bread.


  8. #
    Ann @ PersnicketyBiscuit — June 6, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    These look wonderful and are making my mouth water! Something about buffalo sauce does that to me. I, too, can’t wait for corn to be in season.


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    Bec @ www.becleesjourney.blogspot.co.nz — June 6, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    We don’t have buffalo sauce in NZ, but I’m going to try them out with our homemade plum sauce. These look divine!!! What a brilliant way to use Quinoa. Can’t wait to try them out. I love your blog by the way. I never miss viewing it when it pops into my email intray :)


  10. #
    Nicole — June 6, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I am eating these right now. They are ridiculously yummy. I had a slightly hard time getting them to stick together but I think that was because I was over eager and didn’t let my quinoa cool. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!


  11. #
    Mary Eliza — June 6, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Oh. My. God. It appears that you and I share the same obsession over the goodness that is buffalo sauce. These look amazing!


  12. #
    Marina A — June 6, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    OMG CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THESE!!! noms noms


  13. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 8, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Oh wow, these look fabulous! My mouth is watering :)


  14. #
    BT — June 9, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    Used the base recipe for a mexican version where I used salsa verde as a substitute for the buffalo sauce. Topped the burgers off with avocado and more salsa verde for a meatless burger my wife said was on par with the best restaurant versions she had ever had. Possiblities are endless with this base recipe.

    I thought my base was too wet, but it worked out. Any thoughts on upping the panko at that point?


  15. #
    Jenna — June 10, 2013 @ 4:25 am

    I made these for dinner tonight & they were amazing – I’ve never thought of using quinoa for burger patties but you were so right about the texture, so good! i ended up using them in a wrap after I over-cooked my homemade slider buns (you can’t really buy them easily in Australia, it took me a while to track down a place that sold buffalo sauce) – still really good. Plus my husband ate about half the sliders in the space of about an hour so I guess they weren’t a total loss :)


  16. #
    kellie@foodtoglow — June 10, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    Just saw these on Pinterest and had to take a peek. So glad I did – these sound easy and gorgeous. Lovely site you have too :D


  17. #
    Michelle — June 11, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Oh. my. goodness. I love your writing and totally followed along with everything as if I were thinking the exact same thoughts. Oh and I have a buffalo + cheesy passion as well and will be making these immediately (or some time this week) ;)


  18. #
    Ellen — June 11, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    I am ashamed at how many recipes of yours I’ve made. This one inspired me to try quinoa though.


  19. #
    Kat — June 11, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    Made these tonight, they were DELICIOUS!! Used Parmesan instead of Romano cheese and they totally rocked!! People even said they liked them MORE then regular burgers!!! Didn’t expect that. Will definitely put this recipe in the top 20.


  20. #
    Ash- foodfashionparty — June 16, 2013 @ 1:07 am

    Saw these a couple of days back on pinterest, sounded and looked so delicious. I will be making these soon.


  21. #
    Stephanie — June 17, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    made them. loved them. made them full size burgers because those were the buns i had, and had alittle trouble keeping them in one piece but i think if i was more careful and they were slider size it would be so much easier.

    my husband went back for seconds. between these and the white bean quinoa burgers you posted, i’ll never buy a veggie burger again.

    like someone else said, the flavor combos are endless with this or the white bean version base, but i’m not sure i’d change a single thing about what i just ate.


  22. #
    ivelisse — June 18, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Got this recipe forwarded from a friend and OMG! I made them tonight and my husband wants to have them once a week! I also made a kid friendly version minus the buffalo sauce and my 5yr old ate them without even asking what they were! Thanks for sharing!


  23. #
    Sarah — July 19, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I just wanted to let you know, I made these for my brother and boyfriend weeks ago and they are still talking about them! These are brilliant, one of my favorite recipes by far!!! I love your blog and make quite a few of your recipes so thank you so much for being awesome!


  24. #
    Donna C — August 12, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    I just made these tonight!!! They are sooo delicious. My 6’2, 270 lb husband who works outside all day in the construction business – absolutely loves these. Theybare a hearty yet light meal. Thanks for the great recipe


  25. #
    Gayla Goodman — August 19, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Would this work scooping into mini muffin pan & baking so you would have appetizer finger food ? Sounds so yummy!


  26. #
    Shannon Marie — August 29, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Ok, so I’ve now made these FOUR times for the family and it is now a staple. These are amazing. We are vegetarian, and adore all things spicy. One thing we (I) miss is a good buffalo chicken sandwich. So these are an amazingly better replacement. Well done.


  27. #
    Tabitha — September 2, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    Look fabulous! Would they freeze well? And, if so, at what point in the recipe would you freeze the sliders??


  28. #
    jennifer — September 29, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    can you post nutritional information for those of us on WW so we can calculate the points?


  29. #
    Megan — November 8, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Can you try out gluten free options? I love your recipes, but wonder if you can try them out with rice flour or almond flour or whatever instead of wheat/normal flour!


  30. #
    M @ Onthesamepage — November 25, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    WOW. i can’t wait to try this.


  31. #
    Elliot Dole — March 2, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    Made a version of these tonight. Didn’t really need a bun! :-)


  32. #
    Shilps — March 9, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    I made these tonight! They tasted amazing but I could not keep the patties together.


  33. #
    organicguy68@gmail.com — April 1, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Why is there wheat on this site. Read wheat belly.


    • kp — April 30th, 2014 @ 12:58 am

      You could be nicer, you know.


  34. #
    kp — April 30, 2014 @ 12:59 am

    You could be nicer, you know.


  35. #
    KP — April 30, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    This is a great recipe. I made them today, & WOW! I made them gluten free by using GF bread crumbs & GF AP flour. Thanks so much. I’ll make them again & again!



  36. #
    Laura B. — June 3, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    I ADORED the taste of these, but they completely fell apart! Maybe it’s because I made burger size instead of sliders? Suggestions? Desperate to keep this one in the rotation because it’s so awesome, but gotta keep it together.

    Also- did anyone else’s corn start exploding all over the kitchen?


  37. #
    TACKO TUESDAY — July 8, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    What could be used as an egg/binding substitute ?
    I don’t do dairy, as dairy doesn’t do me.


  38. #
    Morgan — July 17, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    Any idea on how these would work without the flour and breadcrumbs? These look delicious but my husband can’t eat gluten :( We just found out so I am not totally educated in gluten free stuff…. I want to make these so badly!


  39. #
    Kiki — August 25, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    Could I use sweet corn from a can? What type of cooked corn do you use?


  40. #
    Molly — October 14, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

    Using the recipe as is, my sliders fell apart in the pan. I cooked 2 the put the rest in a food processor and pulsed it. Formed perfectly delicious patties after that.


  41. #
    Jennifer S — November 13, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    Made these tonight bc I’m so not okay with the freezing temps and felt my family needed these sliders to pretend it was Summer. Not that slider equals Summer but burgers do so I know someone gets that. Great recipe! Super easy and big on taste – win, win! Thank you! Bring on the buffalo sauce!


  42. #
    Dee — February 3, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

    These were so delicious! They were very easy to make and came out perfect. Thank you!


  43. #
    Aimee W — February 26, 2015 @ 5:21 am

    My boyfriend and I gave up meat for Lent so we’re trying some new vegetarian options. These were simply DIVINE. I can’t wait to make them again. I told a friend who has also already made them and loved them as well. Thanks for the great vegetarian option!



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