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Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

by Emma on March 15, 2012

in Dinner,Vegan

I know that the first official day of spring isn’t until next week. But. I go by an entirely different standard.

I turned my air conditioner on in my car this week. To me, that’s it. That’s the sign that it’s time to start crafting short shorts (yep, started a project involving cut-off shorts last night, I know, I’m cool), it’s time to plant those herb seeds I bought last week, it’s time to build that fire pit in my back yard (because I have marshmallow knowledge and I gotta make s’mores soon!). It is so on.

I have this weird tick about using my car air conditioner. Until mid-July I pretty much have to be sweating before I will turn it on. I don’t know why. It’s totally unreasonable. I guess I just think I’m saving money, or that it’s really not that hot, or that it’s just too excessive to turn on your air even if you’re face looks like a cherry tomato.

I dunno. It’s a thing with me.

But this week… I did it. It’s still only March and I totally turned my air on. And I made vegetarian sliders. The sun’s out, my lawn needs mowing, my excessive use of sunscreen is starting to feel justified… it’s time for food that feels like summer.

Also, these sliders have a secret ingredient. It won’t be secret after you read the ingredient list below…. but that’s in the future right now. This is the present.

Did your mind just blow a little? Yeah. Me too.

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers, makes around 12 slider size patties (less if you make regular size).

Needed: 1 1/2 cans black beans (you could use 2 full cans, I just happened to have a half can on hand), 2 cups cooked quinoa, 1/2 yellow onion, 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon curry powder, salt + pepper and one package of french fried onions (!!!!!!!!!!).

If you want to use bread crumbs instead of french fried onions you totally can. If you want to add an egg to this at the blending stage feel free.

In a small pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the chopped onion with the spices until they begin to soften and appear translucent. Cook your quinoa. Drain and rinse your beans. In a food processor combine the cooked onions and beans, blend until a rustic paste forms. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the quinoa and crushed french fried onions. Form into patties and either cook in oil until they begin to crisp or cover in plastic wrap and freeze for another night.

xo. Emma


Ellen March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Looks like a way to finally give quinoa another try. Oh yeah. (I didn’t like it the first time.)

Kayla March 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

These both sound delicious, and I love quinoa I’ve never thought of quinoa burgers- genius!

Mere March 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Keep the quinoa posts coming. I love them!!

heidi March 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love both quinoa burgers and black bean burgers. But french fried onions! Holy cow, I can’t wait to try these. I’m sure they’re going to be a summer staple.

Tiffany March 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

These burgers sound amazing. I’m totally sold on the French fried onion idea!

Mike @TheIronYou March 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Awesome veggie burger! Plus quinoa is a source of complete aminoacids and that makes it a perfect post-workout food.

Crystalyn March 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

We just bought a house with a fireplace, and have become obsessed with roasting marshmallows! It was a nice way to forget about how cold it was outside.

Mama Smith March 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Quinoa and black beans are two great tastes that must taste great together- thanks!

Veronique March 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Great job emma! I enjoyed reading you and great picture!


Natalie March 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’ve actually never had quinoa before, but i absolutely love veggie burgers so maybe I’ll give these a try…much healthier then a regular burger too!

Ryan March 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Emma, you are the BEST! Black beans, quinoa and french fried onions, who woulda thunk it? Can’t wait to try this recipe out and muchas gracias for sharing your amazing culinary talents!

Katrina March 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

HAVE to make these for my mom and dad.

xoxo –

grace March 16, 2012 at 4:28 am

i need to try quinoa! but I do love black bean burgers!


carrie @plums in the icebox March 16, 2012 at 4:39 am

totally feel you on the AC thing. these quinoa burgers look great…i’ve made quinoa cakes before, but these are definitely worth a try!

Andrea March 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

I really dig your blog and your writing style. Keep on rockin’ and writing about those awesome crafts and recipes!

Laura March 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

Wow these looks too good to be true. Am utterly in quinoa at the momment and just cant wait to test these out! So healthy (a darn sight healthier than a set of Irish Milkshakes I made of Paddy’s day!)


jodi March 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Those look so delicious!

kale @ tastes good to me! March 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I had the most amazing black bean burger at my favorite veggie restaurant in Montreal. I would love to recreate something similar at home, and this looks like the perfect recipe to try!

Alisia E March 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Thank you for this recipe. I eat vegetarian at home and have been wanting to try these! Now I am inspired =)

xx, alisia e

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista March 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

This looks amazing! I have been wanting to try quinoa for awhile and this sounds delicious!

Melissa Klotz March 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I have to show this to my roommate. She pretty much only eats black beans and quinoa, haha!

Kayleen March 28, 2012 at 3:33 am

Made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious. My husband really loved them too! I made a bigger batch and was able to freeze what we didn’t use. Yay! Thanks for the great recipe!

andrea nicole April 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

very cool. wow. and the picture looks delicious! i rarely eat meat and i’m always looking for other ways to mix it up. so trying these this week for dinner. :D

Erin April 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

These are very good. I do however wish I had taken your comment about adding egg. I think it would have made them more firm, which I prefer. But they taste great and they’re super easy! Thanks again for another great recipe :)