Five-Spice Pork and Apple Patties


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


Appears in

The Quinoa Cookbook

The Quinoa Cookbook

By Penny Doyle

Published 2013

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These delicious little morsels contain Chinese five-spice powder, a warm, pungent mix that includes star anise and cinnamon. The key to speedy preparation is having some cooked quinoa handy. The patties are great for a quick supper dish or a sizzling summer barbecue, served with pak choi and cooked quinoa with shallots and garlic.


  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium cooking apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 450 g/1 lb minced (ground) lean pork
  • 10 ml/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 5 ml/1 tsp mustard
  • 115 g/4 oz/ cup cooked red or black quinoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50 g/2 oz/½ cup quinoa flour
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • shallot and garlic quinoa (see Cook’s Tip), steamed pak choi (bok choy) and soy sauce, to serve


  1. Heat 15 ml/1 tbsp oil in a medium frying pan. Add the onion, garlic and apple and fry for 3-4 minutes, until softened. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add the minced pork, five-spice powder and mustard to the bowl, together with the cooked quinoa, beaten egg, flour and seasoning. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. With slightly dampened hands, to help prevent sticking, shape the mixture into eight burger-size ‘patties’ and set them aside on a floured board.
  4. Wash and dry the frying pan, heat 30 ml/2 tbsp oil in the pan and fry the patties on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Flip the patties and fry on the other side for another 3 minutes, then reduce the heat and cook for a further 6-8 minutes, until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Keep warm in the oven.
  6. Serve the patties on a pile of quinoa (see Cook’s Tip), with steamed pak choi and a dash of soy sauce.


  • To make beefburgers use minced (ground) beef instead of pork, and grated carrot instead of apple.
  • You can omit the spices and flavour with mixed chopped herbs if you wish.
  • Alternatively, brush the uncooked patties with a little oil and cook on a hot barbecue.

Nutritional Information per patty: Gluten free Energy 766kcal/3167kJ; Protein 16g; Carbohydrate 22g, of which sugars 6g; Fat 69g, of which saturates 24g; Cholesterol 113mg; Calcium 70mg; Fibre 3g; Sodium 105mg.