These Black Bean Quinoa Burgers are a veggie burger recipe I turn to again and again. They really do have it all – a touch of heat from chipotle chili, garlic and crushed red pepper, sweetness from tomato paste, cheesy goodness from Monterey Jack cheese, and a punch of flavor from cilantro and chili powder.
Black Bean Quinoa Burger Backstory
If you have followed for long, you know that I’ve explored many different diet trend over the years.
I was an omnivore until my late 30’s when I went vegetarian and then vegan for a year. (Each.)
I’ve tried Clean Eating, Paleo, Low-Carb, and Keto .
To be honest, I find all of the research supporting one diet over another overwhelming. Is it just me or is there a study that proves most any reasonable way of eating is the healthiest diet out there?
The one common thread I do see in most all diets, is that the best thing you can do for your health is to load up on plant-based foods. This is something that I can get behind, because this is how I feel my best.
I am lucky in that I love vegetables. But I will be the first to admit that when things get crazy, prepping veggies are one of the first things that goes out the window.
Now that things are starting to calm down, I’m back to my daily salads. I’m committing to Meatless Monday, and I’m trying to eat more meals like today’s Black Bean Quinoa Burgers.
The Secret to Enjoying Veggie Burgers
Have you ever tried a quinoa burger? I have had so many over the years, and one thing I’ve found is that I enjoy it a lot more if I stop comparing it to a beef burger. They are just so different – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy both at the appropriate time.
I love that these quinoa black bean burgers are packed with a kick of heat from the chipotle chili peppers, garlic, and crushed red peppers. I will admit that six cloves of garlic is a lot, so if garlic is not your thing feel free to dial it down. We can still be friends.
Likewise, if cilantro isn’t your jam, simply substitute in parsley.
I love to serve this on a bun like a “regular” burger, with a slice of tomato, chopped onions, and spinach. It is especially good with a touch of mayo, or a healthier yogurt or nut based sauce.
Let me know how it goes if you decide to give this black bean quinoa burger a try! I would love to know your thoughts.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are Veggie Burgers Actually Good for You?
Homemade Veggie Burgers are very good for you! Loaded with legumes, whole grains and seeds like quinoa, they are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Some packages veggie burgers are good for you, but it is essential that you read the labels. Stick with veggie burgers that have ingredients you recognize and steer clear of GMO ingredients.
Are Veggie Burgers Good for Weight Loss?
Since they are typically lower in calories than a traditional burger, veggie burgers can be useful for weight loss. Be conscious of the size of the bun you use as well as additional toppings like mayo! You may want to consider serving over a bed of greens.
Do Veggie Burgers Taste Like Hamburgers?
While Veggie Burgers taste great, you will likely enjoy them more if you don’t try to compare them to traditional burgers. The taste and texture are significantly different, but both can be uniquely delicious.
Can This Recipe Be Cooked On a Grill?
This recipe is best cooked on the stove top. Gluten-free veggie burgers have a tendency to fall apart when cooked on the grill. Cooking them in a skillet allows you to form a crisp crust before flipping.
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How to Make a Black Bean Quinoa Burger:
#1: Measure Your Ingredients
#2 Make Bean Mixture – Pulse together 1/2 cup of black beans with the chipotle chili pepper in a food processor. Add it to a bowl with the black beans.
#3 Saute – Spray a skillet with oil and cook the chopped onion for 7 minutes. Add in tomato paste and seasonings.
#4 Combine Ingredients – Remove from heat and add to the bowl with the black beans. Stir in breadcrumbs, quinoa, and cilantro.
#5 Add Eggs and Cheese – Allow to cool for 3 to 4 minutes and stir in eggs and cheese.
#6 Form Patties – You can do this by hand or use a burger press if you like.
#7 Cook – Then cook in oil for 3 to 6 minutes per side.
Variations for This Recipe
- Add in 2 teaspoons of gluten free tamari or coconut aminos and 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke.
- In place of the chipotle chili, use 1 diced jalapeño, a teaspoon of ground cumin and a teaspoon of smoked paprika.
- Add in 2/3 cup thawed organic corn.
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Black Bean Quinoa Burger
For a nutritious lunch or dinner try a Black Bean Quinoa Burger! These patties have just the right amount of kick. This vegetarian recipe is perfect for Meatless Monday and can also easily be made vegan. Cooking veggie burgers can be an intimidating prospect thanks to their tendency to fall apart, but I promise it is easy. For this recipe, the most important thing is to wait to flip the burgers until you see the edges start to turn a golden brown.
Black Bean Quinoa Burger
- 1 ½ cups cooked black beans divided
- 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce
- 1 onion chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper more or less to taste
- Salt and Pepper to taste (I used 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup cilantro minced
- ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded (or Daiya Shreds)
- 2 eggs beaten, or 2 flax eggs
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil for cooking
- Place ½ cup of black beans in the bowl of the food processor with the chipotle chili. Pulse until well combined. Combine with the remainder of black beans in a large bowl.
- Heat skillet sprayed with oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and combine with black bean mixture.
- Stir in quinoa, breadcrumbs and cilantro. Allow to cool for 3–4 minutes and add in eggs and cheese.
- Form patties and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Heat oil large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 6 minutes per side.
- Optional: For firmer burgers in the center, bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Serve on buns with desired fixings. Also great over a bed of greens.
For Vegan Black Bean Quinoa Burgers:
- Use Daiya shreds in place of cheese and substitute flax eggs for the eggs. It will not hold together quite as well, so be careful when flipping. Cooking in an Air Fryer works great here.