by Olena

Vegetarian Oatmeal Patties

by Olena

Vegetarian oatmeal patties with broccoli, carrots and eggs. Easy and tasty meatless oatmeal burgers recipe. |

Meat is expensive. Can’t deny that. Organic meat costs even more. So, I find my ways to save money on meat in 2 Ukrainian ways:

  1. Back doors – just like with Chernobyl train tickets I got my ways to get free organic meat. My mom supplies us with venison her and her husband hunt in the prairies.
  2. I turn cheap ingredients like veggies and grains into large volume meals like healthy carrot soup, healthy corn fritters, black bean zucchini burger and quinoa cakes.

Yesterday it was vegetarian oatmeal patties. What happened yesterday anyways?!


Vegetarian oatmeal patties with broccoli, carrots and eggs. Easy and tasty meatless oatmeal burgers recipe. |

By noon, I found myself pulling on a skort and a tank top, shutting all blinds and curtains, and sweating in a kitchen making these meatless oatmeal patties. I also found my last summer’s clothes is a teeny weeny bit too tight so I am heading in a right direction with no wine and added sugar. Oh my, this fat. I hate it. Why does it keep sticking to us?! I Wish we could eat anything anytime and not work out. Honestly.

Anyways, it is so hot in Vancouver. I am already dying and it is only April 19th! It was +32 C yesterday! What on Earth is that?! Is it that hot where you live or are you covered in snow? Our climate is going bananas for sure.

My grandma can take a total credit for these vegetarian oatmeal patties. She always made 3 meals from a whole chicken and various fritters with literally nothing. Poor people’s food. Rolled oats are a perfect candidate to soak up flavours of vegetables and seasonings making budget friendly and filling dinner. Carrots and broccoli also add fun colours to the cakes. I fried the cakes in a generous amount of healthy avocado oil to make them brown and crispy. Healthy fats keep you satisfied longer and actually promote weight loss in contrary to old low fat beliefs.

Vegetarian oatmeal patties with broccoli, carrots and eggs. Easy and tasty meatless oatmeal burgers recipe. |

My oldest boys couldn’t get enough of these vegetarian oatmeal patties! I also mixed Greek yogurt with avocado mayo in 1:4 ratio for dipping. Optional but very good. These would be great for upcoming Mother’s Day. If you cook. I honestly do not cook for myself on my holiday. What kind of idea is that?!



Savoury Oatmeal Cakes

Vegetarian oatmeal patties with broccoli, carrots and eggs. Easy and tasty meatless oatmeal burgers recipe.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 11 servings


  • 3 cups broccoli, cut into large pieces*
  • 2 large carrots, cut into large pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into large pieces
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups rolled or quick oats (use certified gluten free if necessary)
  • 4 tbsp coconut or avocado oil, divided

Optional Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 tbsp mayo, organic


  1. In a food processor, add broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic and process until finely chopped, pausing and scraping the walls if necessary. Alternatively you could use grater.
  2. Using your hands, squeeze liquid from vegetables and transfer to a medium bowl. Add eggs, salt and pepper; mix to combine. Add oats and mix well.
  3. Preheat large skillet on medium heat and swirl 2 tbsp of oil to coat. Scoop the mixture with large ice cream scoop, press gently to pack and form a cake with your hands. Place on a skillet and cook for 4 – 6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip carefully and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Repeat this step with remaining mixture using remaining 2 tbsp of oil. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Freeze: Lay patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze completely and transfer to a large Ziploc bag. Cook from frozen following recipe’s instructions + 5 minutes.


*Firm green vegetables like asparagus and green beans would work too.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made these for my boyfriend and me and they were lovely with a salad on the side! I will definitely make these again and again!

  2. Hi there, these sound delicious! Would it be possible to substitute the eggs for flax meal eggs for a vegan version?

  3. As a vegetarian, I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try so that I don’t get stuck in a loop of eating the same thing over and over again. These look amazing and I can’t wait to give them a try!

  4. These sound delicious, kind of remind me of scrapple in Philadelphia it’s very popular, but this sounds way healthier . Love your sense of humor……& yes why would we cook on Mother’s Day!?!

    1. Just Googled “scrapple”. Yeah, no, my vegetarian oatmeal patties are way healthier.:) Thank you, a bit of humour makes life so much easier.:)

    1. How is that possible that you don’t have one?! I’m just kidding. Yes, you can grate broccoli, carrots and onion on a coarse side of the regular grater. I mean it doesn’t have to be perfect but no large veggie pieces is good enough.

  5. I am always on the look out for meatless recipes. It really does help keep the food cost down plus I find I feel better when I eat less meat.

    1. I feel exactly the same. Meat is so expensive when you have to feed 4+ people. And they are all men.:) Olga’s Flavour Factory posted what she eats ina day.I wish all I had to cook and buy was that much LOL. They will eat me alive if I give them only a plum for a snack.

  6. These cakes look so tasty! And you’re right, the color is so pretty! Great served in your suggestion with the yogurt sauce. Do you think the flavor would work if these were rolled into meatless balls and served in an Italian red sauce over w.w. Pasta or zucchini noodles?

    We have had odd weather here in the middle of the U.S. map too. Chilly (40’s-50’s) all week with a day or two of 80 thrown in to confuse us, then back to cold…not the spring we’re use to!

    1. My dad used oatmeal, torn up cheap bread (al of our bread was cheap, lol) dried potato flakes, anything, to stretch a meal where he could! We sometimes had rice with hot milk gravy for dinner. We thought it was a treat because we didn’t have it often, not realizing it was because it was a last stop before the cupboards were completely empty! It was good! He toasted the rice before cooking, browned the flour before adding the powdered milk and fat. Always a lot of vegetables from the canning shelf from his summer garden! We probably were healthier for having less meat and more veg sometimes.

      1. Most times the simplest food is the best! My husband’s favourite food is pan fried cooked buckwheat and pasta with onions and garlic. Glorified leftovers. His mom always did that.

    2. Yes. That should work.
      Probably El Nino. I’m tired of it. It has been almost two years of nonsense. Not looking forward to crazy hot next 5 months. We don’t have ac.

  7. I love savory oatmeal, this looks great! I love to cook oatmeal with some italian seasoning and top it with a scrambled egg, avocado and sriracha…the perfect breakfast!

    1. Hi Melissa. That is interesting! I should do that on the weekend. Now that you mentioned this I remember eating oatmeal with eggs as a child. Our oatmeal was different though. Like rolled oats but with more husk so it was chewy chewy. I loved it with eggs.