Black Bean Zucchini Quinoa Burgers

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I know the name of this is unnecessarily long, but everything in it is so important- so many power foods packed into one little patty! These made about 10 patties so I refrigerated 4 of them for lunch that week and froze the rest. BF hates black beans but I didn't tell him there were black beans in this and he loved them too.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 medium sized patties


  • 1 can black beans (drained) $1.00
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (got this at Costco forever ago, no clue how much it cost)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (so measure out about 3/4 cup dried quinoa and cook that) $2.00
  • Half a large onion, diced $.50
  • 1 zucchini, diced finely $.75
  • 1 bell pepper, finely diced $.80
  • 1 egg $.20
  • A tiny bit of flour (I couldn't get the patties to stay together so I just added a litttttle tiny bit of dirty flour. You can use any kind of clean flour like garbanzo flour or coconut flour but I didn't have any on hand)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin 

Puree the black beans and balsamic vinegar in the blender or food processor. Combine the black bean puree mix with all the veggies and the egg and mix them together. Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour. Once it's been in the fridge for awhile make the patties (this is where I had to add a little flour because the mix was too soft/sticky to form patties). Make the patties and cook them in sprayed frying pan, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Be REALLY careful when you're flipping these! They fall apart but they're so worth it!

I like eating these topped with Greek Yogurt, tomato slices and arugula. Yummm


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! Have you had a chance to try them yet? Hope they turn out good for you!

  2. Tried this today and it was fantastic! I was really lazy about dicing, but even with more chunky vegetables it tasted great. I topped it with kale instead of arugula and really enjoyed it. Awesome recipe, will use again!

    1. Ooh! I make these at least once a month- will definitely try with kale next time!

  3. I just made these tonight and omg, Delish!!

  4. This may seem like a stupid question but are you supposed to add the quinoa in with the patties or meant as a side thing? I don't see them mentioned anywhere other than the title (suggesting that they belong in the patties) and the ingredients list/

  5. First off, I just went shopping with your Week 1 Clean Eating list and I'm super excited to get super healthy! I just made these and they are pretty good! Maybe it's my salt-tainted taste buds but they seemed a little bland to me, so naturally I threw some Siracha on there and all was well in the world. I know Siracha isn't technically clean but it goes on almost everything we eat, any suggestions on how to up the flavor a bit?!

  6. I made these this week but had to add SO much flour to get a thick enough consistency

  7. Is there another way to cook these? I tried to cook them in the pan but they were so soupy I could not flip them!

  8. Not a fan of quinoa. Would bulger wheat be a good substitute?

  9. Oops...totally made these tonight and did not put in the quinoa. They still look okay though! I'll remember next time.

  10. Delicious! I tossed in some cooked ground turkey that I needed to use. This made the patties even more difficult to keep together, but who cares, they were delicious. I used the suggested toppings too. Thanks for this yummy recipe!


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