Gluten-Free Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

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!

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 have a sensitivity, you have to carefully monitor every single ingredient that’s going into your body.

Especially when it comes to packaged foods.

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 maybe aren’t 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.

Black Bean Quinoa Burger on lettuce leaf

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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.

This black bean quinoa burger recipe is definitely going to be on the rotation!

These homemade black bean burgers are loaded with flavor and pack a powerful nutritional punch too.

They’re a 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.

Black Bean Quinoa Burger on lettuce leaf with vegetarian toppings

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Quinoa Black Bean Burger Ingredients

These homemade black bean burgers require just a handful of ingredients to make, many of which I bet are already in your pantry!

  • Black beans
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Spices (chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime
  • Hot sauce
  • Quinoa
  • Egg white

How to Make Black Bean Burgers

This 20-minute vegetarian burger recipe is a breeze to whip up.

You first need to gather the ingredients.

Reserve 1/2 cup of black beans and set aside.

Then add everything but the egg white, cooked quinoa, and reserved beans to the bowl of a food processor.

Blend the mixture until it forms a thick, chunky puree.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then add in the reserved black beans as well as the quinoa and egg white.

Mix everything together with a spatula.

Shape the mixture into six patties, and let them chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Once chilled, cook the burgers in a skillet until browned on both sides.

Black Bean Quinoa Burger patty on lettuce with sliced tomato and greens on top

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How to Freeze Black Bean Burgers with Quinoa

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.

Make a big batch ahead of time to keep on hand in your freezer!

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Line a large baking sheet (or two or three, depending on how many burgers you plan to make) with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare the burgers according to the recipe instructions up to the part where you chill them in the fridge.
  4. Instead, place the shaped patties on the lined pans.
  5. Transfer the pan to the freezer and freeze the black bean quinoa burgers until solid.
  6. Then, transfer them to a freezer quality ziploc bag.
  7. Remove the air from the bag.
  8. Label the bag with date and contents.
  9. Place in the freezer!

More Black Bean Recipes:

These Slow Cooker Baked Beans are made with three types of beans and lots of pepper. If you’re vegetarian, omit the bacon.

Black Bean Hummus is a great party appetizer and can be doubled to feed a crowd.

Unsure what to make for dinner? Try this Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili — you’ll love it!

Chicken, Black Bean, and Spinach Enchiladas are surprisingly easy to make.

These Southwest Protein Bowls are a hearty breakfast or brunch option.

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Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Yield: 6 patties
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce of choice
  • 1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  1. Reserve 1/2 cup black beans and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining beans, shallot, garlic, spices, lime zest, juice and hot sauce into the bowl of a food processor fit with a steel blade.
  3. Process until the bean mixture is the texture of a very chunky puree.
  4. Transfer the processed bean mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl.
  5. Add the remaining beans, cooked quinoa and egg white and stir together to form your 'dough'.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
  7. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions.
  8. Then, shape the 6 bean portions into individual patties and chill in the fridge for at least 1/2 an hour, more if you have time.
  9. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and grease with your preferred oil.
  10. Pat the burger patties dry on both sides using a paper towel.
  11. Once the skillet is hot, add the patties to the pan.
  12. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.
  13. Cook them until browned, about 3 - 5 minutes per side.

Notes

Freezing Instructions

Uncooked burgers can be frozen for later use.

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. Place the patties on the lined tray and transfer to the freezer.
  3. Freeze for 45 minutes, or until frozen solid.
  4. Then, transfer frozen patties to a freezer safe container or resealable freezer storage bag.
  5. If stacking the burgers, place a small sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between each patty.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 140 Total Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 82mg Carbohydrates 26g Fiber 7g Sugar 2g Protein 8g
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by Alyssa Rimmer

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.