Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole for Kids in the Kitchen #SundaySupper


The theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is Kids in the Kitchen, and I’ve got some Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole for you.  I was excited about this theme, as it is such a great way to get kids to try new things, and a great activity to do together for both fun and learning.  Though I must admit, it does present a challenge for me.  I enjoy trying to get The Bug in the kitchen with me.  But he has the attention span of, well, a very active two-year old boy, and his other nickname is Mr. Grabby-pants.  He wants to grab and touch and examine EVERYTHING.  So when I am working with knives or hot surfaces, it is a bit more of a challenge to have him “help” me.  Though I keep trying, because I really think he has an interest – he loves playing in his little kitchen and cooking for me, and every time we go anywhere that had a play kitchen, he is ready to whip up a meal.  And you have seen the photos – he loves food.

So for this #SundaySupper, I wanted to find a recipe that he could definitely help with, and that he would love.  Mexican food is his absolute favorite, especially guacamole.  Another new favorite is burgers.  Well, since not only does he want to grab everything, he also wants to taste test any food item he sees, so raw meat was not an option.  But then I saw these Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers from The Foodie Physician, and I knew it would be perfect.  We could make those with some homemade guac, and he could help with all of the mixing and mashing.  I also thought it would be great to share this week because maybe not all kids love quinoa or black beans, but put it in burger form, and the little ones may be more willing to try these new foods.

Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole | #vegetarian #quinoa

So I got everything prepped in advance (an important thing when you have the kids cooking with you)…

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Then brought him in the kitchen with me.  Well, one thing about cooking with kids is that you sometimes just have to go with the flow.  The Bug started helping me mash up the beans…

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But then he just wanted to eat the extra corn (I had grilled up two ears)…

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Then we attempted the guacamole…

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But the avocados were a bit hard, so I ended up doing the mashing.

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But then we tasted it, and my little guac-freak wouldn’t swallow it.  Clearly the avocados were not ripe enough.  Yuck!  So the entire batch went in the trash, and I ran out to the store to get some new avocados.  Oh well!  What are you gonna do.  We tried.  And the second batch was MUCH better.  But I had to make it myself because we were all getting hungry.

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While the original recipe from The Foodie Physician sounded fabulous, I did make a few tweaks and additions.  To cook the corn, I threw it on the grill, along with the onions, instead of sautéing in a pan (this is some of the prep work I did in advance).  Since the garlic would not be cooked with the onions, I actually used the jar stuff.  You could use fresh cloves, but you may want to mash them up a bit so that you don’t end up with raw garlic chunks in your burger.  The I added a bit of lime and cilantro to the yogurt sauce.  We served it with the homemade guacamole, instead of sliced avocado, and some grilled pineapple.  The guac we made was a bit more kid-friendly than your typical recipe, since it doesn’t have any raw onion or jalapeno, and gets just a bit of heat from a little of the chipotle in adobo that is also used in the burger patties.

Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole | #vegetarian #quinoa

Add some Grilled Chipotle Lime Sweet Potato Wedges (recipe coming soon)…

Grilled Chipotle Lime Sweet Potato Wedges

And you have a delicious, healthy meal that my little spicy foodie was crazy about.

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Mommy & Daddy liked it, too.  There were so many flavors going on.  A little kick from the chipotle, but not too much, cooled by the yogurt sauce and the creamy guacamole, with a little zip from the lime in both of these condiments.  Then the pineapple added a little sweetness and juiciness.  So tasty, and definitely very filling.  Actually, the next time I make these, I would probably cut the recipe in half, and make 4 burgers out of it, because I think that would be enough for the three of us.

Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole | #vegetarian #quinoa

So what do the other #SundaySupper participants like to cook with their kids or for the kids of their friends and family?  Check out the other awesome recipes below.

What do you like to cook with your kids, or what did you cook with your mom or dad when you were a kid?

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Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole
Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole are packed with fiber, protein, and tons of flavor, with a bit of spice.
Serves: 6-8
For the burger patties:
  • ½ c uncooked quinoa
  • 1 small red onion, sliced ½ in. think, keeping the rings together
  • 1 ear of fresh corn (or ⅔ c cooked corn)
  • 1½ t minced garlic from a jar, or 3 cloves of garlic, very finely minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cans black beans (15.5 oz each), rinsed and drained
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ c chopped cilantro
  • 1 T minced chipotles in adobo
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 c oatmeal (not instant), ground into crumbs
For the yogurt sauce:
  • ½ c fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 t minced chipotles in adobo + ½ teaspoon adobo sauce from the can
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 T chopped cilantro
  • 1 honey
  • ¼ t salt
For the guacamole:
  • 2 avocados
  • juice of half of a lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 t minced chipotles in adobo
  • ½ t cilantro
  • ½ t kosher salt, or to taste
For assembling the burgers:
  • 6-8 slices of pineapple, about ¼ in. thick
  • salt & pepper
  • lettuce
  • 6-8 whole wheat rolls
For the burger patties:
  1. Place the quinoa in a small pot and add 1 c of water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  3. Cook 10-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium high, and grill the onion slices and ear of corn for about 10 minutes, or until softened, and there are some grill marks on both, flipping the onions once, and turning the corn occasionally.
  6. Remove the corn and onion from the grill. Cut the corn from the cob and chop the onion, and set both aside.
  7. Combine approximately 1½ cans of black beans, the onion, and garlic in a large bowl, and using a potato masher or fork, mash together until the mixture is combined and pasty.
  8. Stir in the remaining beans, tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotles, cumin, and salt.
  9. Add the cooked quinoa and ground oats, and stir until evenly distributed.
  10. Form the mixture into 6-8 equal patties, pressing the mixture together well.
  11. Place the patties on a baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.
  12. Preheat your grill to medium high, and cook on a sheet of aluminum foil for about 10 minutes per side, or until browned and crispy.
For the yogurt sauce:
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and stir until well combined.
  2. Store in the refrigerator.
For the guacamole:
  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scrape the flesh into a bowl (or use a mortar & pestle of molcajete).
  2. Squeeze the lime juice over the avocados to prevent browning.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, and mash together to desired consistency.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.
For assembling the burgers:
  1. While grilling the burgers, grill the pineapple for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until soft, sprinkling lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Place a slice of pineapple on a bun, top with a burger, the yogurt sauce, guacamole, and lettuce.
The original recipe calls for making 6 burgers. These burgers are quite large, so you could probably make 8, or halve the recipe and make 4.


Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole | #vegetarian #quinoa

Here is what else is cooking up for #SundaySupper with Kids in the Kitchen:

Start your day:

Healthy Snackers:
Main Squeeze:

Sweet Treats:

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  1. says

    This looks sooooo tasty! I love how your little “bug” loves spice! That dosen’t happen everyday! I’m absolutely trying these. I wonder if my husband will eat a “non-burger” burger with out scrunching his face because it’s not meat, not because it tastes bad! LOL. sometimes i think he’s a 2 year old boy! LOL

  2. says

    Awesome Recipe and that recipe tester is just the best. He is so cute, I could eat him up! I can’t wait to try this recipe with my kids. My daughter will love it. I am so glad you are such a big part of #SundaySupper!

  3. says

    This looks wonderful! I love that you are introducing such a healthy meal to your kiddo at such a young age! I remember when I did a happy dance when my kids ate brown rice (something the hubby won’t even eat!). Great #sundaysupper post!

    • says

      We only make brown rice at home! I didn’t eat super-healthy as a kid, so I am trying to start him early, before friends (or his grandma) start introducing him to chicken nuggets and fries, and I have a harder time telling him no.

  4. says

    Oh my gosh your son is absolutely adorable!! My boys both liked to cook and still do. I think that’s because they also like to eat home cooked food lol. I thought it so important they learn everything about running a household and taught them as such.

    Added your burgers to my recipe box, they are outstanding! Can’t wait to try them.

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. says

    That last photo blew my mind. This is one gorgeous Sunday Supper. I love the final photo of your little guy. How cool that he is such a good eater.

  6. says

    I am so excited about this recipe. I love black bean burgers but I have never been able to make a good one at home. This looks fantastic I have actually added it to my meal plan for when my parents come to visit later this week. Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    I loved these burgers when I first saw them and I adore your version. I would be very happy with this dinner…and want to make them soon! Fabulous!

  8. says

    I love bean burgers. I have a few I currently make but I love trying new ones because everyone has a different version and they are all uniquely different.

  9. says

    Damn woman, you are really working the blog scene! I thought those photos were really cute. Can’t quite imagine Danny helping me in the kitchen, like, at all. Hopefully someday. My mom used to make it my job to cut stuff that could be cut with a butter knife.

  10. says

    I have been wanting to try quinoa burgers for a long time… and I just happen to have everything to make guacamole right here… your recipe looks wonderful… and I can’t wait for your sweet potato fries recipe. Yum!

  11. says

    These look SO good! I wish my kiddo liked spicy food, but seriously anything with a little kick and he’s not into it. Regardless, I would totally nom these up any day! I love black bean burgers, and I’ve had quinoa burgers as well. Never thought to combine the two! brilliant :)

  12. says

    These black bean quinoa burgers sound so flavorful and delicious! I love that Tyler is such a good eater. I can hardly get Maddy to eat anything other than yogurt. Honestly, we go through A LOT of Chobani in our house. I wish she would eat black beans, quinoa and guacamole. Love this recipe! And loved the pictures of you two cooking together.

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  14. Diane Champlin says

    My goodness, this was delicious!!!! The whole family loved them. I have been really craving a burger and since I’m on a healthy-eating kick, I needed something as close to a burger as possible. Great and tasty recipe. I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe, as I find I need to do on other recipes. Thank you so much for an awesome meal!

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