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The Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Quinoa Burger

by: claire cary

Say goodbye to mushy and bland veggie burgers! These vegan black bean burgers crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with just the right amount of spice. They're easy to make with just a few pantry staple ingredients.
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins


  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika*
  • ½ - 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp salsa any kind works!
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 tbsp brown rice flour*
  • 1 tbsp tapioca, arrowroot or corn starch
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper for spice
  • Spicy tahini dressing to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook the quinoa according to these instructions. (Using a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water). You should end up with about 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.
  • Roughly chop the onion and add to the food processor with the garlic.
  • Pulse a few times to break up until no large chunks of the garlic remain.
  • Drain and rinse the black beans until the water runs clear and add to the food processor. Add all remaining ingredients aside from the flour and quinoa. Pulse to combine.
  • When the quinoa is done, pulse it into the mixture, just to combine, you don't want it overly mushy.
  • Once the mixture is combined (but not mushy), transfer to a bowl and add in the flour. Start with 3-4 tbsp and add up to 6 tbsp if the mixture seems too wet. You don't want it to be dry, so keep it on the moist side just to be safe. Mix together to combine.
  • Divide the dough into 6 even patties, I like to use this large cookie scoop to ensure even sized patties.
  • Add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Optional: lightly brush barbecue sauce on top of the burgers for extra flavor!
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 15-20 minutes. Careful not to over-bake, you don't want them to dry out.
  • Serve with tomato, lettuce, cheese and spicy tahini dressing on a bun. Enjoy!


Once prepared, this recipe will store in the fridge for 5 days.
If you're in a pinch, you can cook these vegan black bean burgers on the stove instead of in the oven. If you do that, I suggest upping the flour content to about 1/3-1/2 cup to prevent the burgers from falling apart. Add about 1 tbsp of oil to a hot pan and cook the burgers on each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. The texture will differ from the baked version, but they'll still be delicious!
For a smokey flavor, use smoked paprika instead of regular.
If you don't have brown rice flour, oat flour should work or even AP flour if you aren't gluten free.
If you want to add cheese your burger (my favorite dairy free/vegan cheese slices is by the brand Follow Your Heart), add a slice to the top of the patty about 2-3 minutes before taking them out of the oven to allow it to melt slightly.
Serving: 1patty, no bun / Calories: 144kcal / Carbohydrates: 26.4g / Protein: 8.1g / Fat: 1.4g / Fiber: 6.6g / Sugar: 1g

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