Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

25 Sep

Football season means unhealthy snacks, beer, burgers, shouting, and TV. And I embrace all of that 🙂 Minus the unhealthy part. I refuse to let 3 hours of a sport ruin my healthy mindset! Enter: black bean quinoa burgers.

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

These healthy disks are low in fat and chemicals, but high in protein, fiber and flavor! They have a kick that can win points on the field, or in your kitchen. And are perfect atop a nicely toasted bun, with sliced avocado, tomatoes, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, ketchup, mustard…really, whatever you like to garnish your burgers with.

You and the family won’t be disappointed! My friend and I made a homemade roasted tomato soup to accompany these burgers – a perfect fall afternoon meal that sat well with beer and the Packers game (even though they lost).

So get cooking!

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, adapted from Good Dinner Mom

Makes 5 patties

  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and draied
  • 1 scant C cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 C bread crumbs (could use ground GF oats for a glutenfree variety)
  • 1/2 C diced bell pepper
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp minced onion (I used fresh, but dried would suffice)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (Sriracha, etc)
  • 1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mash black beans with a fork. It’s ok to leave some beans in tact.

Mix in everything else. Combine well with a spoon.

Divide mixture into 5 even portions, and form patties with them, using your (clean!) hands. Place onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and serve on a bun, or just plain. Top however you like, and enjoy! This tasted great with our homemade tomato soup, but I bet some oven-roasted sweet potato fries, or parmesan green beans would be a great side as well!

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

I left off the bun, and topped mine with diced avocado and plain nonfat Greek yogurt.

What football-watching snacks do you enjoy? Do you “healthify” anything?


One Response to “Black Bean Quinoa Burgers”


  1. Roasted Tomato Soup | Eat, Drink, Be Healthy! - September 26, 2013

    […] in bowls or mugs alongside your favorite sandwiches. We enjoyed our soup with these black bean quinoa burgers during the football game this past […]

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