Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

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These Black Bean Quinoa Burgers are the ultimate vegetarian burger! A flavorful combo of tender black beans and nutty quinoa is topped with a creamy yogurt sauce and homemade guacamole. And, they’re gluten-free!

A black bean burger on a bun with pineapple, yogurt sauce, and guacamole on a blue plate.

Easy & Flavorful Quinoa Veggie Burger

Black bean burgers are a wonderful vegetarian burger option that you can easily make at home! Not only are they hearty and packed with flavor, but the additional homemade condiments I serve my burgers with are also super flavorful and elevate these beyond your basic veggie burger.

There are a ton of flavors going on in this meal from savory to sweet to spicy. A little kick from chipotle, though not too much, gives a bit of interest. At the same time, a cool, creamy yogurt sauce balances out the spice. The addition of pineapple slices is both unexpected and welcome. And who can resist homemade, lime juice-spiked guacamole?

Once you make this recipe you may never buy another box of frozen veggie burgers. And speaking of frozen, these black bean burgers can be made in advance and frozen for later use. You can also easily make a double batch so you can freeze half and make the other half now. Use gluten-free burger buns if you’re keeping gluten-free.

A black bean burger on a bun with pineapple, yogurt sauce, and guacamole.

Why You’ll Love These Black Bean Burgers

There’s a lot to love about these quinoa veggie burgers. Here’s why they’re a favorite in my house:

  • Gluten-Free. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it a great choice for those who keep to a gluten-free diet. No substitutions are needed to make these burgers because all of the ingredients called for are gluten-free.
  • Vegetarian. I don’t always eat vegetarian, but I love to have a reliable recipe for when I don’t want to indulge in a meat burger. A vegetarian burger that’s packed with flavor and gluten-free ingredients is always a winner.
  • Heart-healthy ingredients. A quick glance at the ingredients list below will show you that the ingredients for black bean burgers are good for you. This recipe contains lots of plant-based proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains, all of which benefit overall health.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s an overview of the ingredients you need to make black bean quinoa burgers. Scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post for the full ingredient amounts.

For the Burgers

  • Quinoa: I like white quinoa in these burgers. Make sure to rinse it first to remove any bitterness.
  • Red Onion: Red onion brings tons of flavor to the neutral quinoa base.
  • Corn: I like to use fresh corn but you can also use frozen corn.
  • Garlic: For a punch of spice.
  • Salt: I use Kosher salt in this recipe.
  • Black Beans: You can use canned black beans or make them from dried beans.
  • Tomato Paste: Tomato paste gives the burgers a nice concentrated tomato undertone.
  • Egg: To bind the burgers together.
  • Cilantro: Substitute fresh flat-leaf parsley if you prefer.
  • Chipotles in Adobo: I love the slight spiciness of the chipotles but you can omit these if you wish. Be sure the brand you choose is gluten free, such as Goya and La Costena.
  • Ground Cumin: For a hint of smokiness.
  • Oats: You’ll use whole oats, certified gluten-free if necessary.
Ingredients to make Black Bean Quinoa Burgers.

For the Yogurt Sauce

  • Greek Yogurt: You can use non-fat, low-fat, or full-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Chipotles in Adobo: You can buy these in cans or jars at the grocery store.
  • Lime Juice: You’ll need the juice of 1 lime.
  • Cilantro: More cilantro in the yogurt sauce complements the cilantro in the burgers.
  • Honey: For just a touch of sweetness.
  • Salt: You can use kosher salt.
Ingredients to make the yogurt sauce for Black Bean Quinoa Burgers.

For the Guacamole

  • Avocados: Try to find very ripe avocados to make the guacamole!
  • Lime: More lime juice is used in the guac.
  • Garlic: For extra flavor.
  • Chipotles in Adobo
  • Cilantro
  • Salt: You can use kosher salt.

To Assemble the Burgers

  • Pineapple: Fresh or canned pineapple slices are fine.
  • Salt and Pepper: Use these to taste.
  • Lettuce: For a nice crunch.
  • Rolls: Gluten-free as needed, or use whole-wheat rolls.
Ingredients to assemble Black Bean Quinoa Burgers.

How to Make Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

My method for making quinoa veggie burgers is outlined below. You can make the yogurt sauce and the guacamole while the burgers are cooking on the grill.

Make the Quinoa

  • Place the quinoa in a pot with water. Place the quinoa in a small pot and add 1 cup of water.
  • Boil the water. Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Cook the quinoa until the water is absorbed. Cook the quinoa for 10-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let cool. Remove from heat and set aside.
A pot of quinoa.
  • Heat the grill and cook the corn and onions. 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.
  • Remove the corn and onion from the grill and cut the corn from the cob, then chop the onion. Remove the corn and onion from the grill. Cut the corn from the cob and chop the onion, and set both aside.
Chopped onions and corn with a knife on a cutting board.
  • Combine the black beans, onion, and garlic in a bowl and then mash together. Combine approximately 1 ½ cans of black beans, onion, and garlic in a large bowl, and using a potato masher or fork, mash together until the mixture is combined and pasty.
  • Add the rest of the beans and the tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotles, cumin, and salt and combine. Stir in the remaining beans, tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotles, cumin, and salt.
  • Stir in the quinoa and oats. Add the cooked quinoa and ground oats, and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Form the burger patties. Now form the mixture into 6-8 equal patties, pressing the mixture together well.
  • Refrigerate the patties before cooking. Place the patties on a baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.
Black bean veggie burgers on a tray.
  • Heat the grill and cook the burgers. 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.
Cooking black bean burgers on foil on a grill.

For the Yogurt Sauce

  • Mix all the ingredients together and store the sauce in the fridge. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and stir until well combined. Store in the refrigerator.

For the Guacamole

  • Scrape the avocado flesh into a bowl. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scrape the flesh into a bowl (or use a mortar & pestle of molcajete).
  • Add the lime juice. Squeeze the lime juice over the avocados to prevent browning.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mash them into the avocado. Add the remaining ingredients, and mash together to desired consistency.
  • Store the guacamole in the fridge. Store in the refrigerator.

For Assembling the Burgers

Pineapple slices cook on a grill.
  • Grill the pineapple slices. While grilling the burgers, grill the pineapple for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until soft, sprinkling lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Assemble the burgers. Place a slice of pineapple on a bun, and then top with a burger, the yogurt sauce, guacamole, and lettuce.
Black bean veggie burger patties on a tray.

Tips for Making Black Bean Burgers

I have a few tips to help you make these amazing veggie burgers. Read on below:

  • Easily make these black bean burgers dairy-free. The burgers themselves are dairy-free, making them a perfect fit for anyone who doesn’t eat dairy. And it’s easy to make the yogurt sauce dairy-free. Simply substitute your favorite plain non-dairy yogurt for the Greek yogurt and proceed with the recipe.
  • Make them vegan. You can also make these burgers vegan if you wish. You can omit the egg completely, though the burgers will be a little bit more fragile. Or you can make a flax egg: Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, let sit for 10 minutes to thicken, and add the mixture to the burger batter in place of the egg.
  • Swap almond flour for the oats. If you’re sensitive to oats or want to up the protein in these burgers even more, you can substitute almond flour for the oats. Swap 1 cup of almond flour for 1 cup of rolled oats.
  • Substitute a different bean. I love black beans in these burgers, but you could easily substitute white or navy beans or chickpeas (garbanzo beans) if you like. Just make sure to use the same amount of substitute beans as the amount of black beans called for in the recipe.
  • Add other veggies. The guacamole and pineapple, not to mention the yogurt sauce, add so much flavor and texture when you assemble the burgers. If you feel like adding even more vegetables, you could add sliced tomatoes, baby spinach leaves, or pickles!
  • Make sliders. You can make these burgers smaller, and serve them as sliders! May I suggest my Gluten-Free Hawaiian Rolls as the perfect vehicle for black bean burger sliders?
A black bean burger on a bun with pineapple, yogurt sauce, and guacamole on a blue plate.

Make It A Meal

Black bean quinoa burgers are a wonderfully hearty vegetarian main dish! I like to add a few sides when I make these burgers – here are some of my favorite ways to serve them:

A black bean burger on a bun with pineapple, yogurt sauce, and guacamole on a blue plate.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Place leftover black bean burgers, without the buns and toppings, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven on low heat until warm through. You can also reheat burgers in the microwave. Place the burgers on a microwave-safe plate and reheat at 30-second intervals until hot.

Can You Freeze Black Bean Quinoa Burgers?

Black bean quinoa burgers freeze well! It’s best to freeze the burgers before you cook them. Stack the burgers with a square of parchment paper placed between them and place them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag or an airtight container. Freeze the burgers for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge before cooking. You can also cook the frozen burgers straight from the freezer, though you’ll need to add a few more minutes of cooking time.

Black bean veggie burger patties.
A black bean burger on a bun with pineapple, yogurt sauce, and guacamole on a blue plate.
5 from 6 votes

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

These Black Bean Quinoa Burgers are the ultimate vegetarian burger! A flavorful combo of tender black beans and nutty quinoa is topped with a creamy yogurt sauce and homemade guacamole. And, they're gluten-free!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

For the Burgers

  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 small red onion sliced ½-inch thick, keeping the rings together
  • 1 ear of fresh corn or ⅔ cup cooked corn
  • 1 ½ teaspoons 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 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotles in adobo
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats, ground into crumbs

For the Yogurt Sauce

  • ½ cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced chipotles in adobo + ½ teaspoon adobo sauce from the can
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Guacamole

  • 2 avocados
  • juice of half of a lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced chipotles in adobo
  • ½ teaspoon cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

To Assemble the Burgers

  • 6-8 slices pineapple about ¼-inch thick
  • salt and pepper
  • lettuce
  • 6-8 rolls, gluten-free as needed

Instructions

For the Burger Patties

  • Place the quinoa in a small pot and add 1 cup of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Cook 10-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Remove the corn and onion from the grill. Cut the corn from the cob and chop the onion, and set both aside.
  • Combine approximately 1 ½ cans of black beans, onion, and garlic in a large bowl, and using a potato masher or fork, mash together until the mixture is combined and pasty.
  • Stir in the remaining beans, tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotles, cumin, and salt.
  • Add the cooked quinoa and ground oats, and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Form the mixture into 6-8 equal patties, pressing the mixture together well.
  • Place the patties on a baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.
  • 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

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and stir until well combined.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

For the Guacamole

  • Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scrape the flesh into a bowl (or use a mortar & pestle of molcajete).
  • Squeeze the lime juice over the avocados to prevent browning.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, and mash together to desired consistency.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

For Assembling the Burgers

  • While grilling the burgers, grill the pineapple for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until soft, sprinkling lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Place a slice of pineapple on a bun, top with a burger, the yogurt sauce, guacamole, and lettuce.

Notes

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.
Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 902mg38%
Potassium 1070mg31%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 20g80%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 336IU7%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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85 Comments
  1. Diane Champlin

    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!

  2. Tumbleweed Contessa

    5 stars
    My daughter will love these. Quinoa and black beans are her two main ingredients. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at the Burger Bash.

  3. GOSH I greatly like the paleo diet… I’ve been on it for 2.5 months and have noticed such drastic positive changes…. I strongly recommend this to ANYBODY! I started off by watching this youtube video for great recipes!!! watch the video

  4. 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.

    1. I have a feeling baby #2 is going to want to live on Cheerios once he gets old enough for “real” food, despite my efforts. I have been going through Chobani like crazy lately. In fact, this is going to be Chobani week on the blog.

  5. 5 stars
    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 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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. Laura Hunter

    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!

  10. 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.

  11. 5 stars
    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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 5 stars
    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

  15. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    There are so many great flavors combined together! It really looks amazingly yummy and I´m impressed at your 2 year old eating mexican food!

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