Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

My mum came to visit me at university yesterday for the night so I thought I’d attempt something special for her stay… Bean burgers! I’ve never even thought about making something like this before as they’re quite complicated, and there was a moment whilst making them when I thought they’d be a complete disaster, but they were really unusual tasting and absolutely lovely. I got the idea from this website: and converted the measurements from cups to grams, as well as using different spices.

I also made her my Rainbow Granola for breakfast this morning, then we went out for lunch at the vegan-friendly Whale Tail cafe and then she had to go home again… So an altogether very brief visit, but we got loads packed into the 24 hours she spent in the countryside with me, and she brought up some little presents, like organic cinnamon, ready-made tabbouleh salad and a maassive stash of Nakd bars, which I’m very appreciative of!

So here’s the burger recipe, along with a small disclaimer that at the point where all the ingredients are incorporated it will seem far too liquid, but you just have to keep it on a high heat until it reduces to a point where the mixture can hold its form as burger patties – please don’t get frustrated or discouraged; I thought mine would fail massively, but they turned out really well in the end :)

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers


400g tin of black beans

85g of quinoa

One small onion

6 sun-dried tomatoes

One clove of garlic

Oil spray

Cayenne pepper/black pepper

Burger buns and side dishes (we made sweet potato chips)


  1. Cook quinoa in boiling water for 15-20 minutes
  2. Fry the onions and tomatoes in a little oil, then add half of the beans, garlic and about 350ml of water – simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Transfer mixture to blender (or just mash a little with a fork – I don’t own a blender so I did this) then stir in quinoa and remaining beans; leave to reduce until the desired consistency is reached, then season
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, shape burgers into 4 patties and bake for 20 minutes, flip then bake for 20 minutes more – serve with buns, salad and sweet potato chips

Serves four

Mamma Chudy :)


30 thoughts on “Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

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  5. Yumm! I don’t eat enough veggie burgers anymore. I used to make them once a week! These look really healthy too. I’m cooking a red lentil and quinoa stew today, it is so good for this cold weather :)

  6. I’ve totally made these before! so delish! I like to go to my friend’s and then we each bring whatever we have and throw it all together, bread crumbs, corn, even maple syrup once. I like that its different every time and they freeze super well.

  7. I can’t wait to try this. I have been looking for a decent veggie burger recipe for months and this looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing… I’m glad your mom enjoyed it. I think I would be too nervous to cook for my mama, who is an incredible cook!
    I love that they’re gluten free too, I have a friend who is off gluten and in need of good recipes… I’ll pass it along!

  8. Wish I had discovered this recipe earlier today!! I was looking for a simple black bean burger, but became too hungry… and ditched my plans! These look way better than the frozen ones I just bought (shhhh).

  9. I love the burger recipe. I’ve made similar black bean burgers, but I’ve had trouble getting them to hold together. Have you run into this?

    • Yeah with these ones I was worried they wouldn’t hold together because the mixture seemed a little sloppy – I just kept them on the heat for the liquid to reduce, then as soon as I baked them they were the perfect consistency :)
      It’s all about patience, don’t worry x

  10. I can confirm that the bean burgers were indeed abolutely lovely and went perfectly with the sweet potato chips. Such a treat! Breakfast the next day was gorgeous and I can’t recommend the granola enough :). Combined with the yogurt and fruit it was such a yummy start to the day and also keeps you going till lunch. Thank you Emily :)

  11. Looks like you had a good time with your mom. I like your beans and quinoa burgers…easy and quick for a week night dinner. Thanks

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