An Unbeatable Black Bean Burger

by zesty on July 25, 2011 · 9 comments

I just have to rehash this post and let you know that I made these burgers last Tuesday night at the Campground and they were a HUGE hit. One of our friends is not into meat so we whipped up a batch of these…. all I can say is WOW. You truly need to try these burgers on your own time. Thanks again to Cat at for adding yet another barbecue recipe to my “favorites” list.

Hey Yall! My name is Catherine, most call me Cat, from I am a nutritional coach and I write a wellness and nutrition blog for West Rehab and Sports Medicine, with eight clinics located in the lovely Savannah, Georgia and surrounding area.

I am so honored to be a guest blogger on! Zest is the most talented blog designer that I know and I was happy to share one of my all-time favorite recipes while he is away. This week marks the beginning of Lent, which means that many of us choose to abstain from meat and dairy until Easter.

This recipe is perfect for that because it is totally vegan, meaning zero animal products. One thing this recipe does include is a hefty source of balanced protein, fiber, and good fats.


  • 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa (red is prettier, but any kind will do)
  • Vegetable stock
  • Onions/Garlic/Carrot/Celery/Leek (all optional but will only enhance wonderfulness)
  • Sea salt & cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika (smoked is best to get that “meaty” flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander
  • *just a dash* cinnamon (secret ingredient)
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Cup organic ketchup
  • 1 Can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1/2 Cup panko breadcrumbs (you could sub: gluten free cracker crumbs)


  1. You may saute half of an onion, a couple cloves of garlic, carrot, celery, or leeks in extra virgin olive oil. This step is totally optional; I’ve made it both ways, and it’s wonderful. Just use what you have on hand.
  2. After the quinoa has fully absorbed the stock and the germ is exposed, it should look like this:

  1. Next step: add quinoa to your food processor and add all spices.

  1. Then add ketchup and pecans and pulse.

  1. Meanwhile, rinse those black beans.

  1. Add half of those fiber-filled babies to the mixture and pulse again a few times.
  2. Add your panko. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then stir in (with a wooden spoon) the rest of the black beans.

  1. Check the consistency and taste! You may want to adjust spices here to your liking.
  2. When you have it tasting how you want, form into baseball-sized balls and flatten into patties. (Sorry my hands were too messy to capture this process.)
  3. Use a silpat or parchment, or grease your pan well! They have no fat so they will stick!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and cook for 12 minutes. Flip carefully at around 6-8 minutes. Watch them closely because they have pecans and will brown quickly.
  2. Tada! Here’s your marathon burger. Now all I need is some cilantro lime creme fraiche!
quinoa black bean burger Burger Up Nashville

Notice that bite....I was hungry!

I grilled the bread too...but got the bun bottom/top mixed up. Ha!

Zesty Tip: My quinoa black bean burgers can be frozen easily and baked up without thawing, just make sure there is no extra air left in the freezer bag, This will also prevent you from buying those “other” frozen burgers and provide you with a burger that will win over even the most discriminatory burger eater.

I hope you enjoy my QBB burger and share it with your family and friends. We love to feed people in the South, why not surprise your dinner guests at the next cookout, with a burger that will tingle your taste buds and keep your waistline slim, and its heart healthy to boot.

Take care now and let us know how much you love this one!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet

I love black bean burgers but hate when they have rice in them. Quinoa sounds like a wonderful alternative.


2 Sues

I love pretty much any recipes that involves quinoa and black beans, so this is just awesome to me! Thanks! :)


3 The Healthy Hostess

This looks great! Thanks for the tip about freezing them! That will be super helpful!


4 Hannah

Thanks! This is my second time making these, and they are delicious! I learned that all these ingredients are too much for my poor little food processor so I mixed everything up to the ketchup in a large mixing bowl and then processed in batches. Waiting now for them to cool so I can eat one. Yum!


5 zesty

That is awesome!


6 Cat

That is awesome this is your second batch! Glad you love them!! Pass on the quinoa burger love!


7 Vicky

Sounds delicious! I’ve just recently started cooking with quinoa but considering all the various health benefits I have been looking for more quinoa based recipes to include in my meal rotation !


8 Lindsay

This sounds DELICIOUS, and I cannot wait to eat these burgers! But I have a question/concern …

As I look at the gigantic pot of cooked quinoa on my stove, I’m wondering if there’s an error in the recipe or if I misunderstood the recipe. I read it to mean that you start with two cups of uncooked quinoa and cook it according to the directions on the package. But it makes SO much quinoa that it seems like too much. Did I do the right thing, or did the recipe really mean to use two cups of cooked quinoa? If it’s the latter, the recipe should probably be revised to clarify that.

I’m pre-cooking the quinoa with the intent of making the burgers tomorrow, so a reply will be much appreciated. Thanks so much!


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