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Vegan Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers


Smoky, spicy black beans and quinoa burgers. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, exactly what a veggie burger should be.
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Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 52 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 Burgers
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil optional, it will help to prevent sticking to the grill or pan
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 30 ounce 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 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper omit if you don't like it too spicy
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup plain gluten-free breadcrumbs


  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • 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 ¾ 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 ½ 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.


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 809mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 38.1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4.1mg
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