Course Entrees
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Beans
Specialty Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Recipe Contributed By Pure Ella

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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

  • 3/4 cup quinoa, dry (roughly 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa)
  • 1 16 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 dates, medjool; pitted
  • 1 tsp paprika, sweet
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper

Smokey Tomato Sauce

  • 1 large can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 tbsps sugar, organic, raw cane brown; or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tbsps ginger, fresh grated (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika, sweet
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Quinoa Black Bean Burgers:

  • Cook the quinoa according to instructions on the package and let cool slightly. Fluff with a fork and make sure it’s quite dry or strain on a sieve until all water drains through. (It’s great to use leftover quinoa for this recipe!)
  • In a food processor, process 1/2 of the beans with 1/2 the quinoa.
  • Add in the chopped onion, dates, paprika, cayenne popper, soy sauce and process until combined.
  • Turn off the food processor and stir in the remaining beans and quinoa.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat oven and prepare a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and form patties and place on the parchment paper.
  • Continue with all the mixture.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, turning over halfway.

Smokey Tomato Sauce:

  • Add the tomatoes with juice into a medium saucepan and heat on medium low heat.
  • Stir in all the ingredients: vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, olive oil, ginger, paprika and cover and cool over low heat until thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let stand for another 15 minutes. (the sauce will continue to thicken).
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.