Homemade Vegan Millet Patties

Homemade vegan millet patties recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings

Millet may not be as common as barley or as trendy as quinoa, but it definitely deserves a chance to earn a spot in your cooking repertoire as a healthy, shelf-stable and affordable staple grain. Here's one way to prepare millet into veggie-burger-like patties quickly and simply.

This recipe is a basic millet patty, so you may want to spice them up a bit. Topping them off with salsa? Add Mexican spices such as chili powder and cumin. Using them for veggie burgers? Add some "meatier" spices such as paprika or a barbecue rub.

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  • 1 cup millet
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 small onion (chopped small)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 cup tahini (or peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari to keep it gluten-free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for vegan millet patties
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  2. Simmer the millet stovetop in water, covered, until millet is cooked through, about 45 minutes.

    Simmer on stovetop
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  3. In a large skillet, heat the onions and garlic in a teaspoon of oil for a few minutes, until onions are soft.

    Heat onions
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  4. Turn off the heat, keeping the pan on the stove, and add the cooked millet and tahini or peanut butter and soy sauce and salt. Stir to combine well and make sure tahini or peanut butter is melted and incorporated well.

    Turn off the heat
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  5. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

  6. Form millet into patties, about 1-inch thick. You should have about six patties.

    Millet patties
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  7. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until firm on the outside and lightly browned.

    On a baking tray
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  8. Serve on a bun with your choice of toppings and enjoy!

    Vegan millet patties
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Recipe Variation

  • Millet patties can also be pan-fried in a bit of oil for 3 to 4 minutes on each ​side, if you prefer.a

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve your millet patties like a meat entree, topped with gravy and a side of mashed potatoes and green beans.

  • Use your millet patties as veggie burgers or sandwich fillers.

  • Like Middle Eastern food? Substitute falafel for millet patties and serve with a tahini dipping sauce, pita, and hummus.

  • Top them off with salsa, black beans, and grated cheese for a Mexican-inspired meal.