vegan quinoa and black bean burgers

So it seems the trendy thing to do these days is become vegan. That’s not happening for me. Ever. However, I’m always up for a “food adventure,” so last night I made vegan black bean burgers and added quinoa for some healthy whole grain.


ingredients: *makes about 8 thin burger patties

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 large carrot (grated)
  • 1/2 bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt and pepper

for the toppings (optional):

  • avocado slices
  • fresh cilantro
  • feta cheese
  • balsamic vinegar
  • your favorite kind of burger bun (I used whole-wheat sandwich thins)


  1. Grate the carrot and dice the onions and bell pepper. Mix together in a large bowl.
  2. Puree the black beans and 1 T balsamic vinegar in a food processor. (I used my brand new food processor we got from our wedding. Yipeeee, weddings are the best!)
  3. Add the bean puree, cooked quinoa, olive oil and spices into the bowl and mix very well.
  4. Form into patties and cook in a skillet until slightly brown on each side.
    *the patties are very delicate and will break apart easily, so be gentle with the patty flipping!
  5. Top with feta cheese, avocado, cilantro and sprinkle a generous amount of balsamic vinegar over the top.
  6. Put between a sandwich thin, burger bun, or eat over lettuce/spinach like a salad.

IMG_3822IMG_3827Just look at my adorable food processor, doing his job the best way he can…


To complete the meal, I cooked some corn-on-the-cob and sliced some fresh fruit. Tonight, I enjoyed being vegan. (Well, besides the definitely-not-vegan feta cheese.) But who’s holding it against me anyway??? I guess I’m just not cut out to be vegan.


One thought on “vegan quinoa and black bean burgers

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s