Black Bean & Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger

Quinoa burgers with black beans, sweet potatoes, green chiles and roasted red peppers topped with white cheddar cheese and a spicy avocado salsa to brighten things up.

The green chiles along with chili powder and cumin give it a slight pop of heat and the roasted red pepper, onion and garlic give it great flavor.

Baking gives them a slightly crispy outer crust that gives way to creamy middles with some whole black beans and orange speckles of sweet potato and quinoa. I always set aside some of the black beans to mix in after combining everything together to give it a little texture. You can also set aside some of the onion and red pepper too.

I’ve been looking for the secret method or ingredient that prevents fragile bean burgers from falling apart so easily.

I’m getting closer to nailing it.

These didn’t break or fall apart at all. I don’t know whether it was because I used a food processor to combine them when, in the past I always used a potato masher, or if it’s the potato binding them together.

Clearly, I need to do a lot more testing. That’s not a problem because veggie burgers are one of my favorite foods. I can eat them every day without complaint for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So. . . I will. Until I nail down the secret.

That’s just how I roll.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 burgers

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa burgers with black beans, sweet potatoes, green chiles and roasted red peppers topped with white cheddar cheese and a spicy avocado salsa to brighten things up.


1 cup uncooked quinoa (about 2 + 1/2 cups cooked)
1 medium organic sweet potato (abut 8 ounces)
2 cans (15.5 ounce each) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
1 large onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
1/2 jarred roasted red pepper, rough chopped
1 can green chiles, with juices
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar
1 cup corn
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon diced pickled jalapeno or 1 fresh jalapeno, diced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
2 - 3 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
buns, for serving
mayonnaise, for serving


  1. Rinse the quinoa well in a wire strainer and cook according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and let cool.
  2. Wash the sweet potato and poke it a few times with a fork. Microwave about 4 minutes or until fork tender. Let cool then rough chop - you don't have to peel it.
  3. Set aside 3/4 cup of the black beans and add the rest to a food processor with the sweet potato, panko crumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, salt and black pepper. Pulse together until just combined, scraping down the sides if needed.
  4. Scoop it out into a medium mixing bowl and add the cooked quinoa and the beans you set aside. Mix with a spoon until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1/2 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop up slightly rounded 1/2 cups of the bean mixture and use your hands to form into patties. Pack them together good.
  6. Place an inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile make the avocado salsa. Combine everything together in a small bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
  8. After 25 minutes pile the cheese on top of the burgers and place them back in the oven until it melts.
  9. Serve on toasted buns topped with salsa and mayonnaise. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4 days or freeze.


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  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    I love that you are our tester for the perfect veggie/bean burger. These flavors are great, though. Spicy, sweet, savory is always great and that salsa sounds wonderful – yum!

  2. Mary Frances says

    I seriously looked at your pictures and was like, “that is a mean looking burger!” Never would’ve guessed that moist and meaty burger was so healthy! I can’t believe all the healthy things you crammed in there. This is drool worthy, Reeni! You need to open up a restaurant; I would eat there every day. And be broke, but it would be worth it:)

  3. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says

    I always have major crumble problems with veggie burgers too, but these look crumble free, delicious, and kind of really pretty. My burgers are never this pretty, so I’m going to make these and stare at your pictures while I eat them.

  4. Joanne says

    I think adding an egg to the burger mix really helps to bind them!! Oh man do these look good. I love the sweet potato/black bean combo!

  5. Wendy says

    It sure looks like you nailed it with these, Reeni! Looks like perfectly shaped and holding together patties to me. We love veggie burgers too and by making your own you can control and vary the flavors. Your spices and salsa sound delicious! Pinned to give it a try soon!
    Have you ever tried using brown rice in a veggie burger? I am looking for a recipe. :)

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