Sunday, February 10, 2013

Black Bean Quinoa Patties Meatless #22

For a while now we have been trying to completely eliminate red meat from our meals.  *For several reasons*  It's not that we don't like the taste but it is high in fat and can be expensive.  More importantly, commercially-raise beef takes quite a bit of resources (chemicals, water, feed) to produce a single "cut."  Not to mention the inhumane treatment of commercially-raised meat.

I keep referring to "commercially-raised.'  Those who raise their own to feed their families or like South Pork  Ranch are in a completely different category.

Black beans and quinoa are both low in fat and high in protein.  Together they create a complete protein and add plenty of fiber for a healthy, well-rounded meal.  My husband's response, "It taste like a real burger!"  He asked for seconds!

Black Bean Quinoa Patties
adapted from

1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced yellow bell peppers 
*I omited*
2 tablespoons minced onions
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
*or 1 clove minced*
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt *I omited*
1 teaspoon hot sauce
*I used 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper instead*
1 egg
3 tablespoons olive oil


Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.  

Roughly mash the black beans with a fork leaving some whole black beans in a paste-like mixture. 

Mix the quinoa, bread crumbs, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper sauce, and egg into the black beans using your hands.
Form the black bean mixture into 5 patties.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.

Cook the patties in the hot oil until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. 

Serve as patties or on a bun like a "burger."

These were so easy to make that I've decided to make a triple batch and freeze for future meals.  They were a HUGE hit!


  1. Great recipe! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  2. Happy Monday.
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  3. I know I am going to run out of burger before the fall-- so these might be a great alternative for those of us who will eat them. I have been trying to find some recipes for quinoa - I have wanted to buy some at Costco but the bag is so large that I know I need to have a few recipes on hand before I take the plunge!

    Thanks for linking up to our Healthy Tuesday's blog hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  4. They sound like they would taste good, and definitely healthier than red meat. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing with us at In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party.
    Dawn co host and blogger

  6. Mary, I have to admit I've never cooked with quinoa. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday.

  7. My vegetarian teen is going to love this recipe - minus the hot sauce. I am your newest follower. I am visiting from Paula's weekend bloghop.


  8. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you again tomorrow! Here's the link:

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Hi, so ok I am gonna try this! I have tried to make all types of veggie burgers, but not the black bean. I use Quinoa all the time. Thanks for sharing, found you at the blog hop, come by and visit me at all types of tips and awareness post!

  10. I have just decided to make the switch to veggie and see how it goes so I'm stockpiling all meat free recipes for future use. These look perfect and will definitely be used at some point in my house in the future !

  11. This looks like a great recipe! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!


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