Mexican Black Bean Quinoa Burger

I love burgers especially those huge juicy, cheesy ones topped with tons of fun things! However, I am always willing to try new things–especially if means a healthy alternative. In anticipation of our vacation next week, I decided to stick with low carb and low-calorie meals.  For that reason I opted to rest the burger on a bed of kale and spinach but I this would be phenomenal on a bun! I tried black bean burgers on their own which were delicious but the quinoa makes the burger a bit more hearty and filling.  As far as toppings go, the options are endless. I went with a small scoop of guacamole and some tomatillo salsa I had on hand. You could do caramalized onions, a fried egg, sautéed mushrooms, cheese, and much much more.

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  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • bell peppers (I used baby red, orange and yellow for nice color), chopped


  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper for heat (optional)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 egg
  • 3 scallions, chopped (you can use onion instead)
  • 2-3 chopped garlic cloves
  • Avocado for topping
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chili powder (1/2 – 1 TBSP)
  • Cumin (1 teaspoon)


  • Cook 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups liquid (water or chicken broth)
  • Strain the can of black beans and place in a bowl. Using a fork, mash up the beans so it will form into a burger. If you need to add a splash of water it will help the process along.

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  • Add the chopped ingredients to your bean mixture. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the ingredients and if you like lime zest like I do, add some to the bowl as well.  
  • Season with chili powder, salt, pepper and cumin.

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  • Add the cooked quinoa and egg to the bowl and mix well. I made 2 very large burgers with these ingredients. It might be more manageable to make 4 smaller patties – but it’s your call. 

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  • Heat a flat pan to medium high heat and spray with olive oil.
  • Place your burgers on the pan and cook until you crisp up each side and the ingredients head through (about 4-5 minutes per side)

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  • While they are cooking place half an avocado in a bowl with fresh lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well to place on top of your burger.
  • Serve your healthy and flavor packed black bean burgers!

Black Bean Quinoa Burger

3 Comments Add yours

  1. lisa says:

    Here goes nothing! Your pictures are looking awesome btw.

    1. jewtalian says:

      Let me know how it goes! I want to see your photo!

  2. ben says:

    I tried this recipe to the t, and the patties ended up not sticking together. If I did it again, which I might, I would strain the mixture, at the very least the mushed beans through a cheese cloth to rid it of excess moisture.

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