No more Pinterest hoarding: Experimenting with Black Bean Quinoa Burgers


After a weekend full of good eats, I couldn’t let my Sunday dinner be a let-down. Oftentimes, I’ll eat some leftovers or something that requires minimal effort on a lazy Sunday evening. But, since I had some extra time to make an actual dinner, I decided stop being a Pinterest hoarder and actually make something I’ve pinned far too many times — black bean quinoa burgers.

They weren’t quick, but this recipe made six burgers — perfect for lunches all week long! I enjoyed mine over top a bed of spinach with some salsa and green beans on the side. Yum!

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

  • 1/2 c. quinoa, cooked
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used reduced sodium)
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 c. white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 egg (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine black beans, cilantro, onion, and spices. Mash black beans with a fork until it begins to form a black “paste.” 
  3. Mix in your cooked quinoa and continue to mash together. If desired, add 1 egg to mixture. (I didn’t do this, but I would highly recommend it to help keep your patties together.)
  4. Form small patties from the quinoa/black bean mixture. Place in a frying pan coated with cooking spray, and cook about one minute on each side until lightly browned. Flip once. (Be sure your frying pan is well coated with oil, or your patties will stick.)
  5. Remove patties from stovetop and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

How to level up this recipe:

  • Add some more vegetables, such as chopped yellow pepper to the mix. 
  • For more flavor, cook your quinoa with vegetable broth instead of water. (If you do this, you may want to remove the 1 tsp. salt.)

How to level down this recipe:

  • Feel free to adjust this to your taste! You can easily substitute garbanzo beans for black if you prefer and take out the cilantro if you’re not a fan. 

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