Quinoa Burger

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This vegan quinoa burger recipe is easy, healthy and packed with protein. There's no food processor required and it comes together quickly in one bowl!

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Quinoa Burger

The idea of a vegan quinoa burger for meat eaters may seem strange. Why bother making something vegan if you can have the real deal?  Because it tastes soooo good, you guys!

Ok, maybe that’s not enough of a reason for you haha. But for me, I don’t like to eat red meat too often. And I like surprising my body with new textures, new tastes and hey, new protein sources. Because you know this quinoa burger is loaded with non-meat protein power. Each patty has 10 grams of protein.  And it’s only 200 calories per patty!

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This vegan quinoa burger recipe is easy, healthy and packed with protein. There's no food processor required and it comes together quickly in one bowl!

So why not switch it up with some non-meat stuff for your protein bite? It’s literally quinoa, black beans, tomato paste and breadcrumbs. And I also season it so it doesn’t just taste like quinoa, black beans, tomato paste and breadcrumbs mashed together. It’s a powerhouse patty not only packed with protein, but also fiber and flavorrrrr. To me, it beats any of the frozen packaged quinoa burgers you find in the freezer isle.

I start by mashing rinsed/drained black beans. I mix that with the quinoa, tomato paste, seasoning and breadcrumbs.

Grid showing the steps to make the patties for the vegan quinoa burgers

It makes 4 good size patties.

4 quinoa burger patties on a white plate, ready to be cooked

Then I grill the patties for a few minutes per side to get the quinoa burgers lightly crispy and cook through the inside of the patty so it’s not mushy. You can also bake them if you’d like!

Black grill pan with four quinoa burger patties getting cooked

Here’s Why You’ll Love this Quinoa Burger

  • You don’t need a food processor. It’s all done in one bowl and a handy spoon/fork!
  • It’s loaded with protein and fiber, so no excuse for snacking between meals or after dinner!
  • It doesn’t fall apart when you’re cooking it
  • It’s vegan!
  • It’s freezer-friendly

This vegan quinoa burger recipe is easy, healthy and packed with protein. There's no food processor required and it comes together quickly in one bowl!

I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Quinoa Burger recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.

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This vegan quinoa burger recipe is easy, healthy and packed with protein. There's no food processor required and it comes together quickly in one bowl!
Quinoa Burger
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
This vegan quinoa burger recipe is easy, healthy and packed with protein. There's no food processor required and it comes together quickly in one bowl!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quinoa Burger, Vegan Burger
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 231 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Burger buns and toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, cook the quinoa with water and add salt to taste. Bring a boil, cover and simmer for 14 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork.
  2. In a large bowl, add the rinsed black beans and mash the bean fully with a fork or potato masher. Add the cooked quinoa to the black beans, then add the tomato paste, all the seasoning and the breadcrumbs. Form four patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in a grill pan, place the quinoa burgers in the pan and fry over medium heat for about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Build a burger with your favorite buns and toppings.

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Recipe Notes
  • Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
  • Nutrition information does not include the bun or the toppings. It’s only for the patty.
  • For baking instructions, place the patties on a greased baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400°F. Then flip and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Substitutes:
    • If you prefer not to use quinoa, you can try cooked brown rice instead
    • You can substitute other types of beans for the black beans
    • Instead of bread crumbs, you can use panko breadcrumbs or all-purpose flour or almond flour. It helps to bind the burger.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Burger
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 963mg 40%
Potassium 653mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 11.4%
Vitamin C 9.4%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 21.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply
    Lisa
    November 28, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I found this recipe on instagram and it looks great. I had to get the recipe up on my computer so I could print it out to try. 🙂

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      November 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Awesome! I hope you love it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jess
    October 5, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Hello,

    We tried it yesterday and it was very good, not dry at all ! Thank you for this great recipe.
    Even my 4-year-old son loved it 🙂

    Jess from Paris – France

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      October 5, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear that even your 4-year old son loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Renee F
    September 23, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Do you cook first and then freeze?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      September 23, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Either way! I prefer to freeze it first and then cook it when I’m ready. But you can also freeze any leftovers that have been cooked.

  • Reply
    Andrea
    September 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Interesting

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    Alya
    August 6, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Hi, what could I substitute bread crumbs with?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      August 10, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Hi there, sorry for the delay, but you can use flour as a substitute for the bread crumbs or panko breadcrumbs. It just helps to bind it.

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    Aayushi
    August 6, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Which tomato paste should I use ? Can the paste be made at home?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      August 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

      I used canned tomato paste, but you can certainly make it at home!

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