6 Steps To Next-Level Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

In recent months, i’ve learned a lesson about lots of my cravings for meaty things like burgers, or bbq…

I’m usually just craving protein and zesty sauce.

Enter black bean and quinoa burger: with as much or more protein then beef, lots of good fiber, iron and healthy fats, it will fill you up without weighing you down.

Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan if you leave out the cheese! These only take 20 minutes to make a batch that lasts for 4 meals, and they’re simple to take to work/school/wherever—

just throw one on the george foreman (or your portable grilling device of choice) for ~ 4 minutes while you breathe deeply, or go for a walk down the hall or something.

It’s easy to take your burger from traditional, to bbq, to mexican, just by switching sauces and toppings to suit your mood so don’t have to get stuck  feeling like you’ve got to eat the same thing everyday.

Being hot off the press, these bad boys may shapeshift a bit when grilled; after they spend a night in the fridge, however, they hold strong to their patty stance.

For this first variation, I went for the “traditional burger” vibe. It’s got toppings like you’d get on a burger, and uses spicy mustard for sauce. Simple, filling and delicious…even your cat will try to steal them.


What’s In it:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2-1 avocado* (per burger)
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 2 cups organic greens, chopped
  • 1 roma tomato* (per burger)
  • 2 pinches* raw dill pickle sauerkraut**
  • spicy mustard
  • pinch feta cheese* (not pictured)

*per burger **or you favorite pickle-esque topping

How to Whip it Up:

1. Prep* and cook your quinoa on a stove or in a rice cooker—use slightly less than the recommended 2x water.  This will take about 20 minutes. *Rinse quinoa in cold water if it is not labeled “pre-washed” .

2. While quinoa cooks, slice tomato. Chop greens. Dice red onion; save a few slices for topping. Open avocado. blackbeanburger03

3. Once quinoa is done, combine in bowl with diced red onion and beans. Stir until well mixed. blackbeanburger04

4. Make a ball of about this size from the mixture, and flatten into a patty. Save the rest of the mixture in the fridge, if you are only making 1 right now. blackbeanburger05

5. Grill your patty for about 4 minutes…since its not meat you can really just dig into it whenever you want!   blackbeanburger06

6. Place your burger on top of the greens. Add mustard and toppings to your heart’s delight.


7. Enjoy! Also packs well for lunch, no pre-cooking needed if you take your grill to work—just throw one on at lunch…



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