Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers- VEGAN veggie burgers that are easy to make, hold together well, and are SO tasty :)

It’s hump day, finally! But, I have Friday off so really I’m over halfway through my week and I COULDN’T be more ready for my extra long weekend. On the schedule for this weekend: a minimal amount of cooking, lots of painting (gotta finish painting that hallway now that I’ve decided on a color), the TN Renaissance Festival (bc we go every year!), and as much relaxing as I can manage.

In other news, I’m having serious thoughts about UN-retiring from roller derby. Why did I retire, anyways? I don’t remember anymore. Now that work has massively slowed down and I have time to breather again, I find myself feeling only kind of busy instead of omg-I have so much going on-how will I manage all of this!?. I seem to prefer the later kind of busy in my life. I went to practice on Monday and really loved it. Also- I needed the exercise because I have been rather lazy in that department of my life. Ooops :) If you start seeing lots of snaps (@bbritnell) of me with skates on my feet, then you’ll know what’s up.

So yea, what’s happening today? Oh yea, these Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers of amazingness! These are seriously SO yummy and bonus: they’re pretty easy, too! (do I use exclamation points too often??!)

Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers- VEGAN veggie burgers that are easy to make, hold together well, and are SO tasty :)

I’ve made veggie burgers in the past and besides tasting delicious, I really wanted to create a patty that held together well and didn’t just fall apart as soon as you bit into it. Mission accomplished.

Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers- VEGAN veggie burgers that are easy to make, hold together well, and are SO tasty :)

Aside from cooking the quinoa, all you really have to do is blend all of the ingredients together, form them into patties, and then cook them in a skillet. Easy!

And because everything (aside from the mushrooms) is already cooked, there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to cooking the patties. I just cooked mine in a minimal amount of oil until each side was browned enough for my liking.

Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers- VEGAN veggie burgers that are easy to make, hold together well, and are SO tasty :)

I then loaded the burger onto a bun with all of the average burger toppings (including my new obsession: sriracha mayo) and inhaled the whole thing in one minute.

yumyumyum! I put the leftovers in the fridge and ate those for lunch over the next couple of days. Even on their own (with no bun and no toppings) these burgers are still so super tasty and filling! I’m a pretty big fan :)

Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers- VEGAN veggie burgers that are easy to make, hold together well, and are SO tasty :)

Just in time for Memorial Day :D I haven’t actually tried it yet, but I think these would work well on the grill since they hold together so well. I’ll report back my findings.

See How to Make the Burgers:


Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers

  • Author: B. Britnell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (almost exactly 2/3 cup of UNCOOKED quinoa), any kind of quinoa will work but I used red quinoa to keep the color of the burgers darker
  • 1 1/2 cups of veggie broth (to be used in place of the water when cooking the quinoa)
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • Cooking spray for the pan
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped (about 6 large baby bella mushrooms)
  • optional: all of your favorite burger toppings :)


  1. Cook your quinoa according to package instructions using the veggie broth in place of the water to give the burgers greater flavor. Once done, take off of the heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In a food processor, combine the quinoa, black beans, breadcrumbs, garlic and onion powder, paprika, and salt & pepper. Process until full combined and there are no more chunks of black beans.
  3. Add in the mushrooms and process until the mushrooms are broken up into small pieces but still a little chunky.
  4. Taking about 1/2 cup at a time, roll the mixture into balls and then form them into patties. Repeat until all of the mixture is used up.
  5. Gently spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high. Once heated up, add in as many of the patties will fit without touching each other.
  6. Cook for 5-8 minutes on each side or until the patties are a nice browned color on each side.
  7. Top with your favorite burger toppings and ENJOY!!

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22 comments on “Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers”

  1. So Stella Live might ride again- or should that be skate?

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  5. Just tried this recipe and it was hands down, the BEST bean/veg burger recipe I have tried! Thanks so much for sharing it with us – really glad I found your blog! :)

  6. Would these freeze well if i decided not to cook right away?

  7. Hi Brita,

    I didn’t freeze them afterall. It’s incredible how they actually look like beef burgers. The mushroom is a great touch. The only things I added were fresh cilantro and tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the processor. These have nice flavor, are tender and don’t fall apart. :)

  8. These are the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had. Also really easy to make!!!

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  11. Do you think this will work using rice instead?

  12. I am so glad that I stumbled across this recipe on FB. It is by far the best vegan burger I have made since giving up meat/dairy 9 months ago. Plus way easy. Way easy. I’ve also found that they freeze really well – which makes a last minute week night meal infinitely less stressful. Next up I’d like to try them on the grill – so far I’ve only cooked them on the fry pan. Thanks so much for posting/creating!

    • YAY! SO glad to hear that you liked them AND thanks for letting me know that they freeze well. With recipes like this, I always try and make extra so that I can say whether or not they’ll freeze easily. Glad to hear that they do! I need to make myself a big batch to keep in the freezer!

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  18. As someone who’s used to eating meat burgers, when I say these burgers are amazing- THESE BURGERS ARE AMAZING! They don’t fall apart at all and taste absolutely delicious. Thank you for a vegan burger recipe that everyone in the fam loves!