Summertime is here and its time to break out the grill! Perfectly seasoned and juicy, these quinoa veggie burgers are the best way to get your vegan cook outs going! Pile your black bean and quinoa burger high with your favorite toppings and enjoy a perfect quinoa burger patty at any cookout or gathering!

These vegan quinoa black bean burgers are totally plant-based! They are also gluten free and soy free! This is one of the newer recipes I’ve tried on my plant based adventure, and I have made it a few times now! I really feel I have gotten this recipe exactly right, so feel free to let me know how you like it in the comments below!

Quinoa Veggie Burgers Ingredients

picture of 3 quinoa burger patties with the ingredients spread around on a grey block.

Quinoa – You can use any king of quinoa for these burgers, but I use white quinoa. Quinoa is great for your diet! This ingredient is the base of the recipe because it’s packed with fiber, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals!

Black Beans – Black beans bring a lot to the table in this quinoa veggie burgers recipe.  They are high in protein, which is always a good thing. They add a creamy texture to the quinoa burger patty mix. They also can help with binding. This is important when making patties like this because they need something to hold them together.

Tomato Paste – Tomato paste brings a really nice depth of flavor! It also helps with the binding process. This ingredient is crucial for this recipe, but if you don’t want to use tomato paste then you could always use red Thai curry paste! Store bought versions are ok, but if you want some real flavors try out my recipe for red Thai curry paste.

Corn – I love corn! According to reputable sources, whole grain corn is as healthy as any other cereal grain. Corn provides fiber, carbs, and protein to your diet; and its cheap! Don’t get caught up on the wording, these vegan quinoa black bean burgers are still gluten free.

Spinach – Spinach is always a good addition because of its many benefits. Spinach contains many vitamins and minerals we need as vegans, so be sure to use it!

Garlic & Onions – Garlic and onions are good in anything!

Spices – Spices like dried oregano, cayenne, and cumin bring the flavor of these vegan quinoa black bean burgers to the next level!

How to Make a Black Bean and Quinoa Burger

Making these burgers are super simple! You simply need to cook the quinoa first. Once your quinoa is cooked, simply cool them down. After your quinoa is cooled, you combine the quinoa with the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Be sure to mix the quinoa veggie burgers well so all the flavors are distributed throughout the mix.

Now that your mix is made, its time to patty these vegan quinoa black bean burgers. You can do so by hand, or you can use a large ice cream scoop. I like to use a scoop because it ensures all the burgers are the same size, so they cook evenly.

After you have formed all the burgers, you are done! You can either cook them now, or you can freeze them for later! These burgers are great baked in the oven, grilled, or you can fry them up in a pan!

vegan quinoa black bean burgers close up shot

Check out a more straight forward method of production down below!

  1. Combine water and quinoa in a sauce pot over medium high heat, and bring this mixture to a boil
  2. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to medium to medium low and simmer. Continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked thoroughly.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a sauté pan over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, add vegetables (onion, garlic, corn, and black beans) to the pan and caramelize. This should take 3-5 minutes. Don’t stir the vegetables.
  4. Once vegetables are caramelized, transfer into a mixing bowl.
  5. Next transfer the cooked quinoa into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients (cumin, cayenne, oregano, salt, and spinach). Use the heat to wilt the spinach and make sure to toss thoroughly to mix.
  6. Cool down the black bean and quinoa burger mix on a sheet tray. Spread it flat so it won’t take long.
  7. Once cool, portion and shape your quinoa veggie burgers. Do so by scooping the mix with a portion scoop or by using a kitchen scale. Once all the burger mix is portioned, shape the patties at least and inch thick so they don’t fall apart on you.
  8. Once the patties are formed, you can either store them in the fridge or you can bake them in the oven at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Once the vegan quinoa black bean burgers come out of the oven, they are done and ready to eat!

Cooking Quinoa

Cooking quinoa is a simple task as long as you know the rules. You can cook quinoa a few different ways, but I recommend simply cooking quinoa on the stove top. This way you have more control during the cooking process, giving you the best end result!

The first rule of cooking quinoa is the preparation. Its best to rinse your quinoa before cooking it. Quinoa has a natural coating on it called “saponin”. This is the naturally occurring bitter tasting compound that is prevalent throughout the small seeds. Rinsing the saponin off will let the quinoa’s true nuttiness shine!

cooking quinoa for the quinoa veggie burgers recipe.

The next rule is the ratio of quinoa to liquid for cooking. In most cooking cases, the ratio is 1 part quinoa for 2 parts cooking liquid. This means if you are using 1 cup of dried quinoa, then you would cook it in two cups of water.  If you want to add a bit more flavor to your quinoa, check out some of my homemade stock recipes.

The third rule is about actually cooking the quinoa. When cooking quinoa on the stove top, start by adding the water and quinoa to a sauce pot with a pinch of salt. Then over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. This will ensure all of the quinoa is thoroughly cooked and has the best texture. Cook the quinoa until all the liquid is absorbed. For smaller batches this should take 10 to 15 minutes. For a larger batch, it may take 20 to 25 minutes.

Quinoa Veggie Burgers FAQs

How many calories are in a black bean and quinoa burger?

Its hard to say how many calories are in a homemade recipe like this, especially when everyone measures things differently. When I calculated this recipe, it was around 250 calories per patty. Expect a little volatility with that estimation.

What is the best way to freeze these quinoa veggie burgers?

I would freeze them individually. You can wrap them in parchment paper and then plastic wrap to ensure they don’t stick to anything.

Can I cook my black bean and quinoa burger from frozen?

Yes, you can. It may take a bit longer than expected, and you should always test the middle of the burger to make sure its hot! I use a cake tester, but a thermometer works too!

My quinoa burger patty keeps falling apart, what should I do?

It sounds like your mix is a little dry. Add some tomato paste to help keep it together. You can also use red Thai curry paste. You can try out my recipe for red Thai curry paste here.

How long do these quinoa veggie burgers last in the fridge?

Once you have made this recipe, a quinoa burger patty will last 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer!

 Quinoa Veggie Burgers Pro Tips

Toast your quinoa

Toasting your quinoa, before its cooked, will give your black bean and quinoa burger a more intense nutty flavor. It will also help develop a nice outer crust during the cooking process. I love toasting my quinoa before making this recipe.

Measure Your Ingredients

This recipe heavily relies on the accuracy of your measurements. Too much of one ingredient can make your quinoa veggie burgers mushy, and not enough could cause them to fall apart.  Take your time and measure accurately.

Sauté Your Vegetables

Sauté off your vegetables before adding them to the quinoa mix. Getting a nice caramelization on the vegetables will add depth of flavor to this black bean and quinoa burger.

Substitutions

You can change the black beans or the quinoa in this recipe with ease. I would say, if you do sub the beans then change it for another bean. The same with quinoa. In the recipe, I use white quinoa but you can use what ever quinoa you have.

Portioning and Shaping Patties

Whether you use a scoop or a kitchen scale. Be sure to portion your patties evenly. This will make sure they all cook the same. The same goes for shaping. When shaping your patties, its best to make the all the same thickness and diameter. Obviously, they can’t be perfect because we aren’t machines. Just try your best to make them similar in shape.

Three Finger Rule

Once your patties are portioned and shaped, use the three finger rule. Well, this is what I call it anyways. The three finger rule is taking your first three fingers (index, middle, and ring finger) and make a small indention in the top of the burger patty by pressing your three fingers into it. This will help any swelling while cooking.

quinoa veggie burgers on a cutting board with spinach and dried quinoa.

Equipment Needed

1 sauce pot

1 sauté pan

1 chef knife

1 cutting board

1 mixing bowl

1 ice cream scoop or kitchen scale

1 sheet tray

quinoa veggie burgers

Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Chef Mason Bostwick
Delicious and healthy quinoa veggie burgers that pack monster flavor! These black bean and quinoa burgers are the perfect addition to any gathering or event!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Burgers, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ Cup White Quinoa rinsed
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
  • ¼ Cup Corn
  • ¼ Cup Spinach
  • 1 tsp Cumin ground
  • ½ tsp Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine water and quinoa in a sauce pot over medium high heat, and bring this mixture to a boil
  • Once at a boil, reduce the heat to medium to medium low and simmer. Continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked thoroughly.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, heat a sauté pan over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, add vegetables (onion, garlic, corn, and black beans) to the pan and caramelize. This should take 3-5 minutes. Don’t stir the vegetables.
  • Once vegetables are caramelized, transfer into a mixing bowl.
  • Next transfer the cooked quinoa into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients (cumin, cayenne, oregano, salt, and spinach). Use the heat to wilt the spinach and make sure to toss thoroughly to mix.
  • Cool down the black bean and quinoa burger mix on a sheet tray. Spread it flat so it won’t take long.
  • Once cool, portion and shape your quinoa veggie burgers. Do so by scooping the mix with a portion scoop or by using a kitchen scale. Once all the burger mix is portioned, shape the patties at least and inch thick so they don’t fall apart on you.
  • Once the patties are formed, you can either store them in the fridge or you can bake them in the oven at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the vegan quinoa black bean burgers come out of the oven, they are done and ready to eat!
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My name is Mason Bostwick. I am the owner and creator of freshvegplate.com. I have been a chef all my life, it is the only profession I have ever had. Cooking means more to me than it should, but for my constant obsession of food I have seen much success in my career.

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