Easy Black Bean Quinoa Burger

Amazing black bean quinoa burgers made with healthy leeks, mushrooms, and oats. This flavorful and satisfying veggie burger is packed with plant-based protein and is perfect for summer grilling! A vegetarian and gluten-free friendly recipe. 

A close up of a black bean quinoa burger between a burger bun with a tomato slice, and guacamole on top.

I love a good healthy veggie burger. When made right they are flavorful, satisfying, and still give you a “burger” feel while being veggie forward! This specific burger is a mixture of black beans, sautéed leeks & mushrooms, and chopped oats – as a healthier substitute for breadcrumbs. Super simple ingredients but still packed with flavor! 

This burger is 100% grill-able and will not fall apart! Win-win. Serve between super soft burger buns with your favorite toppings or over a salad to keep things healthy. Either way, you are going to love this recipe! 

What are Black Bean Burgers Made of?

This specific recipe is made with black beans, cooked quinoa, sautéed mushrooms & leeks, egg, and oats.

To make a successful veggie burger you need an ingredient that will bind the burger together – two major ingredients are egg (or flax egg) and breadcrumbs or oats. These two ingredients are meant for binding/holding the burger together and help avoid the burger from falling apart. 

How to Make Black Bean Quinoa Burgers – step by step

step by step photos showing how to make black bean quinoa burgers.

  1. Saute chopped leeks and mushrooms in oil for about 3-5 minutes on LOW to MEDIUM heat. Add minced garlic and saute for another 30 seconds. 
  2. Then in a bowl add 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed), mash with a fork. 
  3. Then add egg, oat flour/chopped oats, sautéed vegetables, cooked quinoa, salt, and seasonings. Mix all ingredients together. Texture should be wet and slightly sticky. 
  4. Use hands to form 4 black beans patties. Then in a pan heat oil on LOW to MEDIUM heat – sear black bean patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until burgers are cooked through. 

Are Veggie Burgers Good For You?

Veggie burgers usually consist of legumes/beans, spinach or kale, and many other vegetables. If you are looking for more nutrients and an all around healthier burger – veggie is the way to go. It’s a great way to load up on antioxidants and other vitamins by consuming plant-based protein. 

Vegetables to Add to Veggie Burgers

For this burger I added black beans, sautéed leeks, and mushrooms.

You can also do:

  • sautéed onions
  • kale/spinach
  • mashed sweet potato 
  • choice of legume/bean

Extra Tips for Making Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

  • Don’t have quinoa? Use white or brown rice instead. 
  • You can also use white beans, kidney beans, or chickpeas in place of black beans. 
  • In this recipe I used leeks and mushrooms – you can also swap leeks for a small yellow onion and use your favorite type of mushroom. I recommend white button or oyster mushrooms. 
  • I used oat flour in this recipe to make it healthier and more nutritious. You can also swap for bread crumbs instead. 
  • Cook on grill: Grill on low to medium heat and cook for same time as instructed for stovetop – make sure to brush grill with oil before cooking. 
  • Toppings: Serve with tomato slices, guacamole or avocado slices, red onion, and lime juice. 

Other Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make

A close up of a black bean quinoa burger between a burger bun with a tomato slice, and guacamole on top.

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A close up of a black bean quinoa burger between a burger bun with a tomato slice, and guacamole on top.

Easy Black Bean Quinoa Burger

Servings 4
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins

Amazing black bean quinoa burgers made with healthy leeks, mushrooms, and oats. This flavorful and satisfying veggie burger is packed with plant-based protein and is perfect for summer grilling! A vegetarian and gluten-free friendly recipe. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: black bean burger, black bean quinoa burger, how to make black bean burgers
Calories: 247 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 medium leek, chopped (or small yellow onion)
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa (see notes for substitution)
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (use GF if needed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon (each) cumin, paprika, chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package. Then in a pan on LOW to MEDIUM heat, saute in 1 Tablespoon oil chopped leeks and mushrooms for 3-5 minutes. Then add minced garlic and pinch of salt - saute for 30 extra seconds then remove from heat. 

  2. In a bowl use a fork to mash black beans. Then mix in egg, cooked quinoa, sautéed vegetables, oat flour, seasonings, and salt. Mixture should be slightly wet and sticky. 

  3. Then use hands to form into 4 veggie patties. Heat up a pan with oil and cook patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side - make sure oil is always coating the pan to avoid the patties from sticking. 

  4. Squeeze lime juice over cooked patties and serve on burger buns or over a salad. See notes for topping suggestions! 

Recipe Notes

Extra Tips

  • Don't have quinoa? Use white or brown rice instead. 
  • You can also use white beans, kidney beans, or chickpeas. 
  • In this recipe I used leeks and mushrooms - you can also swap leeks for a small yellow onion and use your favorite type of mushroom. I recommend white button or oyster mushrooms. 
  • I used oat flour in this recipe to make it healthier and more nutritious. You can also swap for bread crumbs instead. 
  • Cook on grill: Grill on medium heat and cook for same time as instructed for stovetop - make sure to brush grill with oil before cooking. 
  • Toppings: Serve with tomato slice, guacamole or avocado slices, red onion, and lime juice. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Black Bean Quinoa Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.7g 15%
Cholesterol 46.1mg 15%
Sodium 706.9mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 31.2g 10%
Sugars 2.6g
Protein 10.1g 20%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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