Quinoa Black Bean Burgers


These vegetarian black bean and quinoa burgers are delicious! Your carnivorous friends will be impressed. My favorite way to serve them is on a whole wheat bun with garlic-lemon mayonnaise, fresh spinach leaves, sliced tomato, and caramelized onions.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • ¼ cup quinoa

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup minced yellow bell pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Roughly mash black beans with a fork, leaving some whole black beans, to form a paste-like mixture. Mix quinoa, bread crumbs, bell pepper, egg, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, and hot pepper sauce into black beans using your hands. Form black bean mixture into 5 patties.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.

  4. Cook patties in hot oil until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

    close up view of a Quinoa Black Bean Burgers on a bun with toppings, on a white plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

245 Calories
11g Fat
29g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 245
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 680mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 383mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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