Cajun Spiced Black Bean Quinoa Burger

Cajun Spiced Black Bean Quinoa Burger


These Cajun Spiced Black Bean Quinoa Burgers are a healthy vegan burger loaded with plant-based protein! 7 ingredients! So easy to make and can be enjoyed with all of your fave toppings! No added oil + nut-free option + Glutenfree option Jump to Recipe

side view of a vegan black bean quinoa burger topped with pickled jalapenos and ranch sauce

Fire up the grill- it’s bbq and burger season and I have something for you that might save summer. Smoky, spicy black beans, and quinoa burger patties that are everything a veggie burger should be. We are talking moist and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside and no, that will not fall apart!

a halved vegan black bean quinoa burger topped with tomato slices and drizzled with ranch sauce

The secret to getting these black bean veggie burgers to stick together and stay solid is a combination of almond flour and all-purpose flour. You might have seen burger recipes using flax eggs ( like in these chickpea burgers), aquafaba or other binding agents. The binder depends on the beans used and other ingredients. Chickpeas for eg are dryer beans and benefit from the flax egg.

Cajun Spiced Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

These Cajun Spiced Black Bean Quinoa Burgers are a healthy vegan burger loaded with plant-based protein! Just 7 ingredients, so easy to make and can be enjoyed with all of your fave toppings! No added oil + nut-free option. Gf option.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time22 mins

Chilling15 mins

Total Time47 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: quinoa black bean burgers, vegan black bean burgers, vegan burger with quinoa

Servings: 4

Calories: 247kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 15 oz (425.24 g) black beans
  • 3/4 cup (138.75 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup (37.33 g) almond flour Or coarsely crushed walnuts, or use coarsely ground sunflower seeds for nuttree
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • zest of a lime
  • 1/4 cup (31.25 g) of flour of choice (all purpose, or a mix of 2 of oat/rice/chickpea for Glutenfree)

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mash half of the black beans really well. Add the rest of the ingredients except flour and mix in. Add 3 tbsp flour and mix in. Chill for 15 minutes.

  • If the mixture is still wet add another tablespoon of flour and mix in. Shape into patties and pan fry for 4-6 mins per side over medium heat. Bake: place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 425 deg c(220 c) for 20 mins.
  • Serve in a bowl or on lettuce leaves or make a burger with greens, tomato slices, onion and barbecue sauce or Vegan ranch sauce and pickled jalapeño.

Notes

  • Homemade burger patties are not the same as store-bought ones, which contain a lot of additives to make them that sturdy.These quinoa burger patties are softer and get sturdy on cooking
  • Note that canned beans can be inconsistent in texture. Some are super dry and starchy, so if that’s the case you might not need to add any additional flour.
  • You may freeze the patties in a freezer-proof container for 1 month.
  • Instead of Cajun seasoning, you can simply blend each 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder,  black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, and 1/4 tsp each of cayenne and thyme.
  • If you’re cutting back on carbs, wrap up that burger patty in a large piece of crisp butter lettuce, top it with smashed avocado, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Cajun Spiced Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Amount Per Serving

Calories 247 Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 340mg15%

Potassium 487mg14%

Carbohydrates 37g12%

Fiber 12g50%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 862IU17%

Calcium 58mg6%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients for making black bean quinoa burger patties:

  •  black beans –  a super healthy option to use in a vegan burger patty. They’re loaded with a ton of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and protein.
  •  cooked quinoa – you can use leftover quinoa. It does not have to be fresh. If anything, they hold together better when the quinoa is day old.
  •  almond flour, or coarsely crushed walnuts, or use coarsely ground sunflower seeds for a nut-free burger patty.
  •  Cajun seasoning + barbecue sauce lend these a bold bbq flavor that will make your tastebuds go “badaboom”.
  • I like to add the zest of one lime for some zing. It’s a must!
  •  flour is the major binding ingredient in these easy burger patties. Use all-purpose or gluten-free. It’s important to give the patty batter a good 15 minutes to chill so that the flour gets hydrated and binds all ingredients together.

overhead shot of ingredients used for making black bean quinoa burger patties

Tips and Substitutions:

  • If you’re cutting back on carbs, wrap up that burger patty in a large piece of crisp butter lettuce, top it with smashed avocado, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce.
  • Homemade burger patties are not the same as store-bought ones, which contain a lot of additives to make them sturdy. These quinoa burger patties are softer and get sturdy on cooking.
  • Note that canned beans can be inconsistent in texture. Some are super drier, so if that’s the case you might not need to add any additional flour. If you cook your beans from dried at home, they might also be a bit more starchy than canned. Especially if you cooked them in advance.
  • You may freeze the burger patties in a freezer-proof container for 1 month.
  • Instead of store-bought Cajun seasoning, you can simply blend 1/2 tsp each of smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder,  black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, and 1/4 tsp each of cayenne and thyme.

How to make quinoa black bean burgers:

mashed black beans in a glass bowl

In a bowl, mash half of the black beans really well.

ingredients for making black bean quinoa patties gathered in a glass bowl

Add the rest of the ingredients except for the flour and mix in. Add 3 tbsp flour and mix in. Chill the batter for 15 minutes.

batter for making quinoa patties in a glass bowl

If the mixture is still wet after chilling add another tablespoon of flour and mix in.

pan-fried black bean quinoa burger patties on a plate lined with paper towels

Shape into burger patties and pan-fry them for 4-6 mins per side or, for oil-free, bake at 425 F  for 20 mins.

Ways to serve these quinoa burger patties:

Serve these in a lettuce wraps or as a burger bowl topping for a healthy summer dinner or make a classic burger with greens, tomato slices, onion, and barbecue sauce. Also delicious – ranch sauce and pickled jalapeños. These would also taste amazing in homemade pita bread.

More delicious vegan burger topping ideas:

  • Hummus
  • Baba Ganoush
  • vegan tzatziki
  • fresh dill, parsley, and cilantro
  • tahini dill sauce
  • chimichurri
  • pickled red onions, beets or radishes
  • fresh baby spinach
  • homemade guacamole,
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • fresh mangos or peaches
  • veganaise
  •  sliced cucumber
  • bean, lentil, broccoli or alfalfa sprouts
  • grilled pineapple
  • sautéed mushrooms

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