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.

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

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.

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

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.

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


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. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 5, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    I think I love you!!! This is an awesome, awesome, awesome recipe!!! Must make for dinner tonight!!!


  2. #
    Tieghan — June 5, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Love these! I made Crispy Buffalo Quinoa Balls that are a lot like these sliders! So freaking good! I love that you added corn, since I can not seem to stop myself from adding corn to everything these days! These sliders are a dream com true. No seriously, they are!


  3. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — June 5, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    I love sweet corn! My husband isn’t a big corn fan so that makes him just downright cray. Love the look of these little sliders. Perfect for a cookout with friends so we can get bites of everything instead of being tied to a huge serving.


  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 5, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    So fun! I love your buffalo obsession, because it means more awesome recipes for us! LOVE!


  5. #
    cori — June 5, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Yum! What brand of slider buns do you use? I can never find any except for brioche style at whole foods…and they’re super dry to me.


    • Jessica — June 5th, 2013 @ 7:28 am

      the ones above are just multigrain dinner rolls from a local amish bakery near my house. if you can’t find actual slider buns, just use dinner rolls because they tend to be pretty soft. you might just need to adjust the size of the sliders – no big deal!


  6. #
    Quinn Cooper — June 5, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Love anything with some good old buffalo sauce. So classic, so good.
    Never heard of quinoa burgers but they look pretty yummy.

    xo Quinn



  7. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 5, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    So cute indeed!! I’m with you on the corn. Unfortunately my stomach doesn’t seem to enjoy it as much as my tastebuds do, but I love shaving it off the cob and enjoying it raw on salads in the summer. Gah let’s hope corn season comes soon!


  8. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 5, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    I love it that you post veggie burgers and you’re not even veg! Which just goes to show you how GOOD these must be! I love the texture of the corn and quinoa that I can totally see in all the pics. Great images! Love the details!


  9. #
    Molly @ Baklette — June 5, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Totally cute!
    And I used to think the same thing about blogs until like two years ago. If you told me a few years ago I would have a blog, I would be like who are you kidding, I don’t want to be that person living in their parents basement playing video games or that emo teenage girl!
    Too funny!


  10. #
    Maria — June 5, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I neeeeeeeed!


  11. #
    Lauren S — June 5, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Being a vegetarian (well, pescatarian I guess, details…), I literally put hot sauce on everything to make things more exciting, so this is right up my alley!!! Also, I have to say that I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and have made so many of your recipes, they are all awesome! I’m a medical student so any time I can find someone as hilarious as you are and as passionat about cheese as I am to distract me from lecture it is a big plus! you’re the best! xo


  12. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 5, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    These look awesome! They would be such a hit at my summer parties!


  13. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 5, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    These ARE most definitely the cutest sliders I ever did see! Love!


  14. #
    Laurie E. — June 5, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I haven’t ventured into Quinoa yet. I’ve wanted to, but I’m afraid I won’t like it due to a weird texture thing I’ve got going on. These sliders, however, make me want to face my fear head-on.


  15. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — June 5, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    mmm I love these! But as a buffalo freak myself, I’ve gotta say – there needs to be some blue cheese in these babies ;)

    Great pics!


  16. #
    Ashley — June 5, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Yes. yes. yes. Do I really have to say anything else? Okay…maybe an obnoxious request for homemade buffalo sauce. Also…I love how thick these mini burgers are. You made sliders adorable. Well done, friend.


  17. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — June 5, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    These look fun!


  18. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 5, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I need these sliders for lunch!


  19. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — June 5, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    They are so cute! Sliders are always better than betters in my case because I am a messy eater!


  20. #
    Kelly Jo — June 5, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    these are almost too cute to eat but I could probably down 5 of them right now. I havent even tried quinoa yet because for some reason it looks intimidating but I might just have to jump on the quinoa wagon this weekend and make these.


  21. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — June 5, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I love this idea. I’ve never eaten quinoa in a burger, but I will most certainly try it. They’re so dang cute, too.


  22. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — June 5, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    YUM I love this! Quinoa burgers are always great, but I only recently realized how amazing buffalo sauce is.

    Days when you post vegetarian stuff are the best days. Or baked goods. Or really anything. :)


  23. #
    Lianne — June 5, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    These just made my day. (and I totally agree with you, Katie @ Veggie and the Beast!) I loved the ordering of the chicken-less buffalo pizza, but this is even better! Can’t wait to make them!


  24. #
    cindy — June 5, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    you’re buffalo obsession has totally rubbed off on me…we’ve had buffalo chicken tacos and pizza several times in May. SO GOOD!

    also, I’m not sure if it’s worse/better to not care about Game of Thrones at all, or to be super-dork-obsessed about it (like me). It should really be called “Game-of-where-every-character-you-care-about-will-die-b/c-honor-&-goodness-are-a-bunch-of-BS.” I watched the first season, then read every single book and definitely launched the book across the room when I read about the wedding scene…and maybe I cried too. Super dork.


  25. #
    Holiday Baker Man — June 5, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    I love this recipe!


  26. #
    Robyn — June 5, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    This little veggie burger’s got it goin on! This is one for the recipe box!


  27. #
    Heather — June 5, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    I kinda love the idea of just buffalo sauce and cheese and bread like you mentioned yesterday in Crumbs, but these are most definitely a tie with that!


  28. #
    Moni Meals & Fitness — June 5, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    WOW! Great idea here. These looks so darn good. Go Jessica!


  29. #
    Angel — June 5, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    I was worried I was the only person in the world not watching that show. I read the books and that’s enough for me. Maybe one day.


  30. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 5, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    LOVING these. Happening ASAP!


  31. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 5, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Oo I love that you put corn in these


  32. #
    Liz — June 5, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Just made this for lunch. Absolutely delicious.


    • Jessica — June 5th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

      already?! you’re my hero.


  33. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — June 5, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I’m totally going to jump on the Buffalo Bandwagon.


  34. #
    Abbe@This is How I Cook — June 5, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Quinoa is a good one. My husband even likes it. And this also looks like it might work with a touch of ground chicken mixed in. Not for me, silly. for the one who thinks a dinner isn’t a dinner w/o MEAT! And I’d be happy to leave mine, as is!


  35. #
    Erika @ balancedspoon.com — June 5, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    Oh no. These look to good to be true. I want to eat them right now.


  36. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — June 5, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out a suitable way to consume quiona. I know it’s good for me, but it just feels like slimy rice to me. Patties are probably the way to go, I need to attempt some. I LOVE buffalo too, so maybe this is it!


  37. #
    Eileen — June 5, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a buffalo obsession! I think I would develop one too were I faced with a plate of these sliders. They look so good!


  38. #
    sara — June 5, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    These look incredible! Wow. I love quinoa burgers…definitely the most satsifying/yummy vegetarian burger in my opinion. :)


  39. #
    Larry — June 5, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I want 7 of them.


  40. #
    Kelly — June 5, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    Mmmmmm, It’s been quite some time since I’ve had anything with buffalo sauce but, dang! These look good! Buffalo sauce is on the grocery list.


  41. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — June 5, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    I’m a huge fan on quinoa! These sliders sound great and I love that they’re meatless!


  42. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — June 5, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Keep the buffalo obsession going! Quinoa makes great burgers and they sound fantastic with the addition of hot sauce. I might try these with a little blue cheese on top! Or ranch..,


  43. #
    Michaela @serifandspice.wordpress.com — June 5, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    You always pull on my heart strings with your buffalo fanaticism! I want these immediately. I’ll have to figure out how to make the GF with out using those pricey bread crumbs—but I’ll find a way to make it happen. Thanks for the inspiration!


  44. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — June 5, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    I´m so tired, and yet, I would go and make this for tonight if I had any quinoa in my pantry. Simply awesome! Sweet corn is an addiction.


  45. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — June 5, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!


  46. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 5, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    Those look full of flavor!


  47. #
    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries — June 5, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    My husband loves sliders. I can’t wait to make this healthy version of them!


  48. #
    Elizabeth — June 5, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    I recently discovered your blog and loooooove it. I definitely think it’s important that every. single. savory.thing. that I eat have enough cheese so it’s cheesy, so I can relate :) Not a big fan of buffalo sauce but I think I might just have to try these out. One quick question- I don’t think they have the kind of buffalo sauce you mentioned in BC, do you have another brand that you like?


  49. #
    nessa — June 6, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    I loooove quinoa, and these look to die for!


  50. #
    DRAMA — June 6, 2013 @ 8:14 am




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