Smoky, spicy black beans and quinoa burger, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, exactly what a veggie burger should be. Made with black beans, quinoa, bell pepper, red onion and more.
This recipe has been updated and it’s even better than the original.
I apologize up front for torturing you with these mouthwatering pictures of our spicy black bean quinoa burgers. However, it was the only way I could think of to get your attention. Now that I have it, let’s talk about these delicious veggie burgers.
They are perfect grilling burgers. Yep, for real, you can grill these, flip them, and not have to worry about them falling apart and disappearing between the grates. Unusual, I know. We experimented with a lot of binding agents to get to this point, and we did it!
The secret to getting these black bean veggie burgers to stick together and stay solid is tapioca starch. Surprised? Don’t be, if anything you should ask us why it took us so long to figure this out.
The idea came to me a few weekends ago when we were eating Chik’n and Waffles in Denver, CO at the AMAZING Watercourse Foods. I asked our charming server what the chef used as an egg replacer, because the waffles were so perfect. He so kindly went and asked, then proceeded to tell me it was tapioca starch.
This totally triggered a light bulb moment. I mean, I’ve used tapioca starch to make vegan mozzarella and it was the ingredient that turned watery cashew cream into thick and stretchy mozz. Of course it would make a fantastic binder!
This is a game changer, my friends. It works better than flax eggs, aquafaba or any other binding agents I’ve used in veggie burgers. Life just keeps getting better and better.
You’re going to love our homemade spicy black bean burger recipe. They’re perfect for summer BBQ season and they’re also great if you make them in a hot skillet in your kitchen. You can prepare them ahead of time and freeze them, and they’re sturdy enough to wrap up and take to a party at a friend’s house.
All right, enough talking, let’s start cooking!
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN SPICY BLACK BEAN BURGERS
First – Finely chop or pulse the veggies in a food processor until they look like confetti. Cook them in a hot pan (no oil needed) for approximately seven to ten minutes, or until they soften and release their water.
It’s important to dry out the veggies so the burgers don’t crumble. Even with the excellent binding agent in this recipe, wet vegetables make a mushy and wet burger. Yuck!
Second – While the veggies are cooking, drain and rinse the beans and put three-quarters of them in a food processor and process until they form a ball. Put them in a large mixing bowl with the remainder of the beans.
Third – Mix the tapioca starch with water and whisk until smooth.
Fourth – Add the vegetables, quinoa, breadcrumbs, spices, salt and pepper and tapioca mixture to the beans and fold until completely combined. Let it chill for an hour so it sets.
Fifth – Form into patties and grill or sear in a skillet. Build it into an epic burger and dig in.
Serve these delicious spicy bean burgers with our home fries and a fresh cucumber, tomato and mint salad. If you’re cutting back on carbs, wrap up that burger in a large piece of crisp lettuce or top it with smashed avocado and a drizzle of sriracha.
Make our spicy vegan black bean and quinoa burgers and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to take a picture of your delicious creation and tag us @veganosity on Instagram.
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- 1 tbsp of avocado oil optional, it will help to prevent sticking to the grill or pan
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 30 oz black beans drained and rinsed well
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 medium red onion cut into quarters
- 1 red chili pepper seeded
- 1 orange bell pepper seeded and cut into quarters. A red or yellow pepper will do
- 4 stalks of cilantro
- 1 tbsp Organic Tapioca Flour/Starch (2.5lbs) by Anthony's, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO" rel="nofollow">tapioca starch
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp liquid smoke
- 2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper omit if you don't like it too spicy
- Pepper to taste
- 1 cup plain gluten-free breadcrumbs
- Hamburger buns
- Avocado slices
Prepare the quinoa according to the instructions on the package.
Finely chop or process the bell pepper in a food processor and put in a hot skillet. Spread evenly throughout the pan. Finely chop or process the onion, garlic, chili pepper and cilantro and add to the pan. Stir to combine with the bell pepper and cook for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables release their water and they begin to dry out. You don't want wet and mushy vegetables in the burgers or they will fall apart and the texture will be mushy.
Put 3/4 of the beans in a food processor and blend until they begin to form a ball. Put in a large mixing bowl with the whole beans. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the beans. Add the quinoa, breadcrumbs, spices and liquid smoke to the bowl.
Combine the tapioca starch and water and stir until it’s a thick and sticky consistency. Pour into the bowl with the beans, veggies, quinoa and breadcrumbs and stir well to combine. The texture should be thick and very sticky. Scoop out a 1/2 cup of the mixture, roll into a ball, then pat into a patty.
Heat large skillet on medium-high heat, add the oil and spread it evenly throughout the pan. Add the burgers (as many as will comfortably fit the pan, you may have to cook in batches) and cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes or until they’re nicely browned. Use a spatula to gently flip and cook the other side for the same amount of time. For best results cover the burgers with a lid.
Put on a bun and top with the lettuce, tomato and avocado slices.
Homemade bean burgers are not the same as store bought. They need to be handled with care or they may crack. Also, canned beans can be inconsistent in texture. Some are super dry, so if that's the case you should add a little water to make the patty more cohesive. You may freeze the patties in a freezer proof container for 1 month.
The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.