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Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Healthy, flavorful veggie burgers made with black beans, quinoa, and corn.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Burger, Main Dish, Vegetarian
Servings: 10
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat flour

For serving:

  • 10 sandwich buns
  • lettuce
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1 recipe creamy Southwestern yogurt sauce (below)


  • Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water. Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and cook 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and sauté until onions are softened, 5-6 minutes. Place the mixture into a large bowl. Add black beans to the bowl and using a potato masher or fork, mash together until a pasty mixture forms.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in the cooked quinoa, oats, and oat flour until well mixed. Form the mixture into 6 equal patties, compacting them well with your hands as you form them. Place the patties on a baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.
  • When ready to eat, preheat the oven to 400 F or heat a griddle to medium-high heat. If baking, spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the patties on the sheet cook 10-12 minutes until the patties are golden brown and crispy. Carefully flip the over and cook another 10 minutes. If using a griddle, heat 4-6 minutes per side or until slightly golden.
  • Serve patties on buts with lettuce, avocado slices, and yogurt sauce (recipe below).


Adapted just a smidge from the original by The Foodie Physician and found through Prevention RD and Feast on the Cheap.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 132mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g