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

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 burgers
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Roughly mash the black beans with a fork leaving some whole black beans in a paste-like mixture.

  • Mix the quinoa, bread crumbs, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper sauce, and egg into the black beans using your hands.

  • Form the black bean mixture into 5 patties.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.

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

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 9.3g 19% DV; carbohydrates 28.9g 9% DV; fat 10.6g 16% DV; cholesterol 37.2mg 12% DV; sodium 679.5mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2012
This is the best vegetarian burger I've ever made! When I cook with quinoa, I usually use 1 part Quinoa to 2 parts water, so I double-checked the website where this recipe originated. It calls for 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, so you might want to adjust your recipe accordingly. Definitely worth a try! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2012
My family found these really flavorless and quite dry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2012
This is the best vegetarian burger I've ever made! When I cook with quinoa, I usually use 1 part Quinoa to 2 parts water, so I double-checked the website where this recipe originated. It calls for 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, so you might want to adjust your recipe accordingly. Definitely worth a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2012
I used 3/4 of a cup of quinoa and got 8 regular sized patties, but I actually think 1/2 cup of quinoa is enough. I put them in the oven at 400 for 30 min. and they came out crunchy and tasty. I did not have yellow bell pepper so I used tomato, and garlic powder since I did not have garlic either. This recipe is very forgiving in terms of ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2012
I was so excited about making these. This is my first attempt at making a veggie burger and they turned out great. Only made some small changes: I always use chicken stock instead of water to cook my quinoa. Substituted shredded carrot for the bell pepper, used 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of Crystal hot sauce and used 1/2 2 egg portion of Egg Beaters instead of 1 egg. I baked first then browned in skillet w/olive oil. I melted thinly sliced low-fat cheddar cheese on top to get that 'cheeseburger' experience. Served on whole wheat toasted bread with mustard, tomato and spinach. DELICIOUS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2012
Awesome! I substituted oatmeal for bread crumbs...otherwise I made them as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2012
Big Hit! These veggie burgers turned out better then any store bought variety, and even though I'm not a vegetarian (the boyfriend is) these were very satisfying. As others suggested I used oats rather then bread crumbs which made the consistency easy to cook and eat (as well as not adding too much sodium to the mix). I cooked the quinoa with a quarter cube of vegetarian bullion, and topped the burgers with homemade guacamole, fresh tomatoes and spring mix and served them on whole wheat kaiser rolls. Overall a very excellent recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2012
This is a fabulous recipe! I read several reviews/suggestions first to help me adapt what I had on hand, and the recipe is, as pointed out by several, totally forgiving. I doubled the cooked quinoa amount, subbed old-fashioned rolled oats for bread crumbs, had to use reconstituted Penzey minced onion since I was out of fresh, and to make it VEGAN, I simply used 1 TBL ground chia seed mixed with 3 TBL water to replace the egg. The 1st time I made these, I had to use part green pepper and part red non-hot peppers growing in my deck containers, worked beautifully. Today, I actually had a yellow pepper, and I doubled the recipe using 1 can black beans and 1 can kidney beans (adds a nice reddish color), still used whole rolled oats and chia-egg sub.....the Frank's Hot Sauce is just the perfect amount, adds a lot of character with the cumin, without being too spicy. Be sure to mix with hands as suggested. This recipe is a KEEPER. I doubled it today in hopes of having enough to freeze, if my husband does not eat them all today! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2012
These are delicious and forgiving. Used green pepper (all I had) and rolled oats in place of bread crumbs (what I had). Chopped up some parsley and cilantro and added that for some color. Baked rather than fried. Served with sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion and sliced avocados with a little lime juice. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2012
I decided to make these burgers because I had most of the ingredients I love black beans and I'm trying out quinoa recipes. All I have to say is they are absolutely delicious! I made them for my meat-loving husband and loved them! They are very filling too. I could only eat one and my husband had to work to finish two! This recipe was immediately added to the recipe book:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2012
These were the best bean burgers ever (way better than any I'd ever purchased or made myself.) You could make this to suit your own tastes, or to use what you have on hand. I subbed a can of organic navy beans for the black beans, used 1/2 of a green pepper instead of yellow, upped the onion and garlic, and ground some organic stuffing mix in my mini food processor to replace the bread crumbs (I also doubled the bread to make sure they would bind together.) I added about 2 teaspoons of vegetarian worchester sauce, and left out the cumin. I also subbed the egg with ground flax seed (works every time!) Then I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes per side. I got 5 nice sized burgers, and served them on homemade buns. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2012
My family found these really flavorless and quite dry. Read More
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