Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Don’t be afraid of this healthy “veggie burger”. It is delicious and packed with fiber and protein. Beans are one of the healthiest carbohydrates you can choose, and this recipe is a great way to work them into a meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 burger

  • Calories 170
  • Carbohydrate 26 g
  • Protein 8 g
  • Fat 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.8 g
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Dietary Fiber 8 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Sodium 215 mg
  • Potassium 445 mg

This Recipe Serves 9


½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
2-15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large egg
¼ cup salsa
¼ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

9 iceberg lettuce leaves (to use as wraps)
9 tablespoons salsa
1 large avocado, sliced into 9 slices


  1. Cook dried quinoa in water according to package directions.
  2. Puree 1 can black beans, ¼ cup salsa and egg in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Pour cooked quinoa in a medium bowl; add pureed beans, remaining 1 can black beans, cornmeal, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix together until well blended.
  4. Form bean mixture into nine, ½-inch thick patties.
  5. Coat a large skillet or grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add black bean patties and grill about 2-3 minutes per side, until slightly brown.
  6. Serve each black bean burger in lettuce wrap topped with 1 tablespoon salsa and an avocado slice.

MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Confirm all ingredients are gluten-free and this recipe can be made gluten-free.

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