Recipe: Blean Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

makes 5 servings

We’ve tried quite a few different black bean burger recipes, but this was the first that included quinoa. It was absolutely delicious and if you’ve yet to try black bean burgers then you should start with these! The only thing I’d do differently is eliminate the blender/food processor and use a potato masher instead. If you decide to go with the food processor, I’d recommend that you don’t blend it up too long as the mixture will get too fine/thin.


  • 2/3 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 3/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 3 Tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika (smoked if you have it)
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pineapple slices
  • Lettuce
  • Hamburger buns
  • 2 Tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped (optional)

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers Ingredients header

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put black beans, quinoa, oats, barbeque sauce, Worcestershire, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and jalapenos in food processor or large bowl.

Black beans, quinoa, blender image1

Blend the ingredients until a fairly smooth mixture is formed. It’s okay for some of the ingredients (beans) to be a little large and not completely blended. If you decide to use the potato masher, then just smash everything together the best you can.

Once mashed/blended, move the mixture to a bowl.

Black bean quinoa mixture image2

With slightly wet hands, form mixture into patties and place on a cookie sheet. We always opt for foil over the cookie sheet to make cleaning up easier. Spray cookie sheet and/or foil with cooking spray prior to placing patties on them.

Black bean and quinoa patties image3

Put the black bean quinoa burgers into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes per side. After they’re baked, serve the burgers on a bun (just like a normal burger) and top with additional barbeque sauce, pineapple slice, and lettuce.

Original recipe found at Men’s Health Magazine

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Andy Tenton
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  1. Michelle says:

    Men’s Health has great recipes! btw, you’re getting really good at food photography. These look pro!

  2. Shilpan says:

    Black beans are high in protein. Being a vegetarian, I love these recipe, Andy! And you have become a great photographer as well. 🙂

  3. That looks so good. Im sending this to my mom so she can make them this weekend. Yes, I’m that lazy.

  4. What? No bacon? Just kidding of course. You need a new resource page — 101 Uses for Quinoa!

  5. Yum! I am a big fan of black beans. I had them with little steak strips tonight for dinner. They are my faves. But, it’s probably much cheaper to make a black bean burger instead of buying ground beef so thanks for the recipe!

  6. I don’t know how you do it Andy, but you take foods I’m not a fan of and make me want to make the recipe and try it out! Keep up the great food posts!

  7. Those look really yummy! Love the recipes in Men’s Health. I definitely need to get myself a food processor.

  8. AverageJoe says:

    Another winner, my friend. We’ll give this a shot tomorrow night and let you know how it turned out!

    • Andy says:

      Sounds awesome, AJ! I look forward to hearing the reviews. As I mentioned though, just be careful of blending it up too finely. If you decide to use a blender or food processor, and the mixture is too thing, then add some more oats or black beans.

  9. That looks like a good burger – and easy too!

  10. Veronica @ Pelican on Money says:

    Interesting, I’ll have to give it a try.

  11. Big fan of the addition of jalapenos to give it a little kick. Thanks Andy.

  12. I started a modified vegan diet about two weeks ago, so this is perfect! I’ve made some black bean / quinoa burgers on the grill recently, but your recipe has more of the flavors I like–cumin, chili powder, bbq sauce. Looks like a winner, thanks!

    • Andy says:

      No problem, Kurt. How did grilling the burgers work? The men’s health recipe actually called to fry up the black bean quinoa burgers in a frying pan (with a little bit of oil) but we’ve gotten used to baking them. Baking them is just so easy!

  13. These look amazing… I really need to quit being lazy and start cooking again. These don’t look too difficult either!

    • Andy says:

      None of the recipes we post are very difficult; the only challenge is chopping up ingredients but we try to get most/all of that done on Sunday afternoons.

  14. That looks delicious. We are eating very little meat these days- I might have to try it!

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