Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders with Tomato Aioli

Hoppin' John Quinoa Sliders - Amari Thomsenby Amari Thomsen MS, RD, LDN

Hoppin’ John is a peas and rice dish made with onion, tomato, bacon, spices and sometimes greens like collard greens, Swiss chard or kale. The dish, traditionally served in the South, is meant to bring about a prosperous and lucky year. I gave the classic dish a unique healthy twist with these gluten-free, vegan burgers that bring together all the conventional Hoppin’ John ingredients with a nutrient profile that will help you start the New Year off right. By using quinoa instead of rice and incorporating black-eyed peas, these protein-packed burgers topped with spicy tomato aioli are sure to be a crowd pleaser!


Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders with Tomato Aioli
Makes 8 large burgers or 12 sliders


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • ¼ white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups collard greens, finely chopped
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • ½ cup black-eyed peas, mashed
  • ¼ cup black-eyed peas, whole
  • 2 ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ cup walnuts or sunflower seeds, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp vegan mayo
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sauce from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce


  • Preheat over 400*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium pan, sauté mushrooms, onion and garlic in olive oil for 5-10 minutes or until soft and browned.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, collard greens, oat flour, black-eyed peas, vinegar, tomato paste, walnuts, cumin, chili power and salt.
  • Using your hands, form mixture into 8 large or 12 small burger patties.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • While burgers are baking, make the tomato aioli. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, tomato paste and chipotle pepper sauce.


AmariAmari Thomsen MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian, recognized nutrition expert and owner of Eat Chic Chicago  www.eatchicchicago.com . As a dietitian, she has experience in nutrition communications and has contributed her expertise to writing articles and developing recipes for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Magazine and has been referenced as a health expert in numerous consumer and health publications including SHAPE and Women’s Day.

Amari operates a private practice in Chicago (Eat Chic Chicago) and frequently serves as a nutrition spokesperson and an established public speaker for both media and corporate opportunities. She specializes in the areas of real food nutrition, recipe development, nutrition education, private & corporate consulting and content marketing.

Website: www.eatchicchicago.com