Project Description

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Like a chipotle burger but better and filled with sweet potato, caramelized onions, cilantro, and jalapeno!


I’ve always been a fan of veggie burgers. I confidently could say that I’m a fan of almost all burgers, but veggie burgers always have such a unique flavor. I’ve thought about making my own version for so long but never did until now. I had some leftover quinoa made from dinner the night before and finally had an opportunity to try.

I hope you try my creation! I highly recommend eating these with avocado or some kind of spicy sauce, maybe some sliced tomatoes, maybe even wrapped in a lettuce wrap or on a nice piece of gluten-free bread. It’ll be good either way!

I made these on day 6 of not going to a grocery store so my topping options were a little limited.

I had some cilantro and avocado and put the burger on a little baby kale. Then I drowned it all in hot sauce. Then drowned all of that in some spicy yogurt that I list below. Would recommend.

Keeping a social distance and staying home basically made me cook…all the time. More specifically, its making me get a little more creative and figure out how to get the most of each ingredient I have.

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Full Recipe

  • 1 cup sweet potato, mashed

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 cup black beans, drained & rinsed

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno, diced

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • salt and pepper

  • A few days prior or the day of, roast sweet potato in over to easily mash: preheat over to 400.

  • Prick 1 large sweet potato all over with a fork and place on baking sheet lined with tin foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until potato is soft and has a slightly caramelized outside. Allow to cool.

  • Peel off skin and store potato in container in fridge up to 4 days.

  • With potato ready, now cook quinoa according to package if you don’t have any made. Allow to cool.

  • To make burgers, preheat oven to 375 to start.

  • Next, add the diced onion to a large skillet heated over medium-low heat with some coconut oil.

  • Let onions caramelize by cooking and stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.

  • Add drained and rinsed black beans to skillet and mash using a potato masher. I like to mash almost all of it leaving a few whole beans, up to you.

  • Now, add in cilantro and jalapeno, as shown in picture, followed by sweet potato.

  • If you have room in your skillet, stir in the flour and spices as well, if not, transfer to a bowl and mix.

  • Using your hands, form the mix into 6-8 patties, depending on your preference.

  • Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for at least 30 minuets.

  • Let cool for a few minuets to prevent them from falling apart then eat with your desired toppings like some that I mentioned above.

  • Enjoy!


Optional Yogurt Sauce:

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of cayenne pepper

fresh black pepper

  • Mix all ingredients in small bowl and serve over burgers.