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Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

A veggie burger stuffed with quinoa, black beans, red pepper, sweet potato, onions, bread crumbs and spices. Seasoned with a southwestern flair.

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword veggie burgers
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 240 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa rinsed well in a fine mesh colander
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed & slightly smashed
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato other binder options are: 1 flax egg (see notes) or regular egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 avocados sliced


  1. Warm the olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion, red pepper and garlic with a dash of salt for 4 to 5 minutes, until the onions are softened and turning translucent.
  3. Add the tomato paste, cumin, coriander and chili powder. Sauté for another minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the rinsed quinoa and 1 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and partially cover it with a lid. Cook 15 - 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Drain off any excess liquid.
  5. Place the quinoa mixture in a large bowl, set aside to let it cool for a few minutes.
  6. Add in the drained black beans (smash the beans a little before adding), sweet potato, Panko crumbs and add salt and pepper, to taste. Mix until evenly distributed.

  7. With damp hands, scoop and form burger patties. It's easy to make perfectly rounded burgers with burger forms like these.
  8. Add olive oil to a hot griddle and sauté each burger for 4 minutes per side or until nice and golden brown.
  9. Top with avocado slices, greens and a serve on a bun, if desired.


How to Make a Flax Egg?
It's simple: mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons water. Let sit for at least 5 minutes until mixture becomes goopy - like an egg!

*This recipe makes 8 burgers depending on the thickness desired. For a thicker burger, divide the mixture between 6 burgers instead of 8.

Nutrition Facts
Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 240
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.