Quinoa-Black Bean Burgers

BandMan isn't a vegetarian, much less a vegan. I thought this would be difficult to work around, but I was pleasantly surprised to find, he is not only adventurous in life, but he is also adventurous with food.

Over the course of our relationship, he seems to have adopted a "high vegan" lifestyle. A "high vegan" is someone who eats vegan 75%+ of the time, and since BandMan typically eats whatever I cook, he's inadvertently adopted a "high vegan" diet.

Wednesday night BandMan said he was craving a burger and fries (this was my cue), and thus this beautifully Americana dish was conceived. It was painfully easy.

Totally unrelated, but still kinda related - VegKid wrote this poem while she was waiting for dinner to be ready:

the world is a canvas
the world is a stage
the world is a beauty
i love the world.

Back to the food.

Quinoa-Black Bean Burger

1/2 c quinoa
1 1/2 c veggie broth
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp minced oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 ½ cups cooked black beans
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 c panko
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried steak seasoning
your favorite fixins' 
8 buns or lettuce for wrapping

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Bring the quinoa and veg broth to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. 
  3. Saute the onion and sun-dried tomatoes for 4 minutes, or until onion has softened. 
  4. Stir in 3/4 cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning, liquid smoke, and 11/2 cups water. Simmer until most of liquid has evaporated. Take all that jazz to your food processor, add 3/4 cup quinoa and blend it up. 
  5. Uproot from the processor to a mixing bowl and add in the remaining quinoa, panko, and remaining black beans. 
  6. Season with salt and pepper and let cool until you can form patties (5-8 depending on how big you like it [that's what she said])
  7. Bake 20 minutes, flip, and bake 10 minutes more. Serve in a lettuce wrap, or on buns, with your favorite fixins'.
Build-Your-Own-Burger Fixins'
I ate mine wrapped in butter lettuce and had some oven baked fries on the side....delish.


  1. I love this recipe, I am going to try this. Never made it with the quinoa....bet it is great. Thanks!

    1. Don't forget to get back to me on your thoughts. I love to hear what y'all think of my dishes.

  2. I love this recipe! It's my go to for a meat free burger. It's full of flavor!

    1. yay! that makes me so happy. thanks for making my monday awesome!


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