Quinoa Black Bean Burger (It’s Vegan!)

It might not look too crazy, but this baby is bursting with flavor!

This summer has given me so many creative eating experiences! Keith and I have been entertaining often, and when it’s a smaller crowd we like to turn up the hipster heat and make our own veggie burgers. After trying three different recipes (and me sampling them), we finalized and tweaked this simple quinoa-based burger with some chili pepper and sun-dried tomatoes.

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
Serves 8
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208 calories
38 g
0 g
3 g
9 g
1 g
96 g
316 g
4 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 316mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. ½ cup quinoa
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  3. 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped (¼ cup)
  4. 1½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced ( about 2 tsp.)
  6. 1 tsp. chili powder
  7. 8 whole-grain hamburger buns
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Stir together quinoa and 1½ cups water in small saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. (You should have 1½ cups cooked quinoa.)
  2. Meanwhile, place onion and sun-dried tomatoes in medium nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat. (The oil left on the tomatoes should be enough to sauté the onion.) Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion has softened. Stir in ¾ cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning, and 1½ cups water. Simmer 9 to 11 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
  3. Transfer bean-onion mixture to food processor, add ¾ cup cooked quinoa, and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl, and stir in remaining ¾ cup quinoa and remaining ¾ cup black beans. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F, and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape bean mixture into 8 patties (½ cup each), and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until patties are crisp on top. Flip patties with spatula, and bake 10 minutes more, or until both sides are crisp and brown. Serve on buns.
  1. Instead of cooking the burgers as mentioned above, you can also bake for 10 minutes on each side and then grill for 10 on your grill for a smokey flavor.
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We make these all summer long. They’re easy, cheap, and they hold together nicely. I top mine with some grilled vidalia onion and a little bit of lettuce. Do you eat veggie burgers? Have you ever made your own?

7 thoughts on “Quinoa Black Bean Burger (It’s Vegan!)

  1. You had me at quinoa. I LOVE quinoa but have never had it in a burger. And I’m a burger snob – I never buy them and I always make my own. My mom bought me a box of frozen burgers and I couldn’t even eat one.
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  2. When you asked if anyone likes veggie burgers, my mouth started watering, I’m not even kidding! Haha, I LOVE them.. and I love quinoa, as well! I’ve never had it in a veggie burger, and I’m always willing to try anything once (so on that note, I’ll be taking down that recipe you’ve provided). They seem fairly easy, and I’ll bet they’re cheaper than buying the frozen pre-packaged one since you’ll have more that you could freeze on your own.
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  3. Looks really good. I actually tried Quinoa or the first time about 4 months ago when I was at sprouts. I wasn’t excited about it but it’s pretty low cal, turns out I love the texture, so I will definitely have to try this because I didn’t like the flavor of whatever I had at sprouts, just the texture. I used to visit your blog a lot back in the day, then I took a 2 year hiatus, you’re one of the only people from my old comments I could find that still exists >_>
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