Black Bean Burgers with Quinoa {gluten-free}

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Being gluten-free has its challenges. But it’s much easier than you may think.

For one, when you’re on a gluten-free diet because you are either allergic (have Celiac disease) or a sensitivity, you have to carefully monitor every single ingredient that’s going into your body. Especially when it comes to packaged foods.

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Foods that you wouldn’t ever imagine would be made with wheat (or rye or barley) products, actually are. Dressings, sauces, ice creams, etc. All these types of foods aren’t maybe thought of as something that uses flour (or another gluten containing ingredient), but in reality many of them are.

Gluten lurks where you least except it.

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Vegetarian black bean burgers are one of those food items that sadly (for me at least) are made using breadcrumbs. There’s this awesome black bean burger that I always used to buy and keep in the freezer to have for lunch or a quick dinner. Just pop them in a pan, heat them and you’ve got a healthy, protein packed meal.

But they contain gluten. So no can do for me.

I decided easy black bean burgers were just one of those meals I couldn’t keep missing out on. I had to create my own gluten-free version of a black bean burger. I’ve had success using quinoa as a binding agent in burgers and meatballs before, so I figured this would be a pretty simple recipe to recreate. And guess what? It totally was.

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These quinoa black bean burgers are loaded with flavor and pack a powerful nutritional punch too. They’re perfect lunch or dinner (and actually would be quite good for breakfast as well with a fried/poached egg on top) either served on a bun, in a lettuce wrap or on a salad. Plus these gluten-free black bean burgers freeze beautifully, so you can keep them in your freezer for those days when you really don’t feel like cooking.

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers {gluten-free}

Yield: 6 patties

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 10

Total Time: 20

A simple veggie burger that is loaded with latin flavors, these black bean quinoa burgers are a cinch to whip up and are naturally gluten-free!

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2 cans black beans, rinsed and strained
1 shallot, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 - 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt & pepper to taste
Zest & juice of lime
2 teaspoons hot sauce of choice
1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1 egg white


Reserve 1/2 cup black beans and set aside.
Add the remaining beans, shallot, garlic, spices, lime zest, juice and hot sauce into the bowl of a food process fit with a steel blade. Process until the mixture is the texture of a very chunky puree. Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl.
Add the remaining beans, cooked quinoa and egg white and stir together to form your 'dough'.
Shape the mixture into 6 patties and chill in the fridge for at least 1/2 an hour, more if you have time.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the patties to the pan. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan. Cook them until browned, about 3 - 5 minutes per side.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetite Magainze

Alyssa Rimmer

About the Author:

Alyssa is the quinoa-obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients and hopes to show the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. Want to learn more about cooking and baking with the superfood quinoa? Check out Alyssa's eBooks.

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  • 1
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - May 29, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    Mmm this dinner looks awesome!


  • 2
    Tieghan - May 29, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Perfect!! This look so good! YUM!


  • 3
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes - May 29, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Love this! Such a PRETTY burger, and since I’m such a fan of black bean burgers, it’s always nice to find a new twist like this one of adding quinoa. Lovely!


  • 4
    Rayna - May 29, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    These look great for a summer meal! Even as someone who’s never had trouble with gluten, I understand how hard it is.


  • 5
    Shelly Miller - May 29, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    This sounds great – I can’t wait to try it! I’m always looking for a new way to use quinoa. Thank you for the recipe!


  • 6
    Stephanie - May 29, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    These look delish! Any advice on freezing the burgers? I’m a 2 person household but would love to be able to make 6 and freeze some! Thanks :)


  • 7
    Beth Stark - May 30, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Love this recipe and definitely plan to try it myself! Thanks for sharing! :)


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    Katrena - May 30, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    Do you think I could substitute an egg or yolk for the egg white? My son is allergic to egg whites, but I’d love to try these with him.


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    Stephanie - May 30, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    What size cans are used? I’m in Canada & the cans are 19oz. 2 cans seems like a lot!


  • 10
    Simone - June 05, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    We just made these last night! My husband added cilantro to the mix and grinded it all in our magic bullet. These were tasty! Definitely keeping the receipe in our recipe box.


  • 11
    Marie - June 09, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    Hi! I tried yesterday but unfortunately the patties do not stay in a thickened burger-like shape, even after a couple of hours in the fridge… Am I missing something? How to thicken the texture obtained without using flour?


  • 12
    Sara - June 22, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    FYI celiac disease is NOT an allergy. Celiac disease, allergy, and intolerance are 3 separate things. CD is an autoimmune disorder and thus affects people significantly different than an allergy. Gotta be careful how you word things.


  • 13
    Sarah - July 28, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I just made these today and they are amazing! Where I live trying to find gluten free vegetarian anything is like trying to find bigfoot. I did use one can of chickpeas, instead of 2 of black and after frying them baked them for around 7 minutes and they stayed together very well.


  • 14
    Amy - August 28, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    I love these burgers so much I’ve made the recipe three times!


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    Louise - March 28, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    I live in Australia and would love to know what size cans you are referring to?


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    Kelly - April 17, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

    Was nervous about all these hot spices and sauce but I actually don’t even taste it. Burger looks nothing like the picture mine needed up being burger crumbles cause it just would not cook cooked for 10 minutes or so and is still hardly brown. I am paranoid about that egg in it and am terrified of eating raw egg so I hope it’s cooked properly. I mashed it on to my bread and its holding together well. Over all I love this burger just wish it would look more like yours and cook up right. But the flavors is great, thanks for the recipe.

    P.s… husband who does not like veggie burgers just came over and ate a bit and said it was pretty good.


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