Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Quinoa Black Bean Burger
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This flavorful, vegetarian burger is packed with protein and fiber from black beans and quinoa. Pair with a filling salad on the side, like this Broccoli and Spinach Salad, for a satisfying, meatless meal. These are great to make ahead and freeze—after forming the patties, lay them out on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, you can take them off the sheet and store them in a freezer-safe bag. 

  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    30 min
  • Servings
    9 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 burger
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

9 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 burger
  • Amount per serving Calories 170

  • Total Fat 4.5g
    • Saturated Fat 0.8g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 220mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g
    • Dietary Fiber 8g
    • Total Sugars 3g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 8g
  • Potassium 450mg
  • Phosphorus 160mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1 Lean protein



  • quinoa
    1/2 cup
  • water
    1 cup
  • black beans (rinsed and drained)
    2 (15-oz) cans
  • large egg
  • salsa (divided use)
    3/4 cup
  • cornmeal
    1/4 cup
  • chili powder
    1 tsp
  • cumin
    1/2 tsp
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
    1/4 tsp
  • iceberg lettuce leaves
  • large avocado (sliced into 9 slices)


  1. Cook dried quinoa in water according to package directions.

  2. Puree 1 can black beans, 1/4 cup salsa and egg in a blender or food processor until smooth.

  3. Pour cooked quinoa in a medium bowl; add pureed beans, remaining 1 can black beans, cornmeal, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix together until well blended.

  4. Form bean mixture into nine, 1/2-inch thick patties.

  5. Coat a large skillet or grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add black bean patties and grill about 2-3 minutes per side, until slightly brown.

  6. Serve each black bean burger in lettuce wrap topped with 1 Tbsp. salsa and an avocado slice.

  • Recommended

    These tasted great and were easy to make! I noticed the lack of salt in the ingredients so I sprinkled a little into the mixture before cooking. I just placed a spoonful of bean mixture onto the hot griddle and spread it around to make a patty shape. Once cooked they were soft but stayed together well enough to eat in a bun. Don’t forget to spray the pan! They’ll stick if you don’t.

  • Recommended

    DING, DING DING!! Another winner. Be sure when making your patties you pat the air pockets out. I got lazy on the second batch and they started to fall apart. (We still ate them, YUM) Great flavor.