Let’s Get Cookin’: Spicy Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers

by alexandra

Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers - these healthy, flavor-packed veggie burgers are a perfect meat-less option for summer barbecues. | brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like I should preface today’s post by saying this: I’m not a typical veggie-burger-eater. I love veggies of all sorts, but when I crave a cheeseburger, I crave one made with meat, thankyouverymuch. That said, these black bean burgers aren’t about being a meat-substitute; they’re just about being 100% DELISH.

Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers - these healthy, flavor-packed veggie burgers are a perfect meat-less option for summer barbecues. | brighteyedbaker.com

I’ve had a few store-bought veggie burgers before and the way I feel about them is this —> they’re not very good. Healthy or not, I’m not about to advocate eating a blah burger. Because I love black beans and corn and spicy foods of all sorts, I was determined to make a black bean burger that actually tastes as good as it sounds, but – sheesh – it took a while. I made a few that fell apart and looked more like a veggie version of Hamburger Helper than an actual burger. Then I made others that stayed together but were just a bit mehhh. FINALLY I got it right, and these? They’re chile-powder spicy, cumin smoky, lime zingy, and so so good.

Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers - these healthy, flavor-packed veggie burgers are a perfect meat-less option for summer barbecues. | brighteyedbaker.com

Most every black bean burger recipe I’ve seen uses panko bread crumbs to help everything hold together, but I literally never buy those, and sometimes I’m stubborn and I don’t want to go to the store for that one random ingredient. Plus really, why should I when there’s a better solution? Oats and oat flour are super good at binding everything together in these bean burgers without taking away from all the tasty things going on here.  The flavors in these burgers are R O B U S T and instead of leaving you wishing you had a “real” burger, they leave you wowing at how yummy veggies and beans and healthy grains can be. Paired with my favorite sweet corn salsa (this is where I would insert those smileys with the hearts for eyes) and you have a filling meal that’s a little spicy, a little smoky, a little sweet, and a lot scrumptious.

And guys? In case you’ve been looking for a good meatless burger option for the 4th, I’d say you should look no further. :)


Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers - these healthy, flavor-packed veggie burgers are a perfect meat-less option for summer barbecues. | brighteyedbaker.com

Spicy Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers

  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6-7 burgers


Serve up something new for summer meals with these Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers. The combination of spicy,smoky, and robust flavors will make you forget that they’re completely healthy and vegetarian!


  • 8 ounces (1 cup) water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • 3 1/8 ounces (1/2 cup) dry quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces (2/3 cup) minced white onion (about 1/4 of a large onion)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • two 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided *
  • 6 ounces (1 cup) corn (I used canned corn)
  • 1/4 ounce (1/4 cup) minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons chile powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) oat flour


  1. Place the water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and quinoa in a small saucepan. Stir together and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the quinoa is puffed up and translucent, with no liquid remaining. Stir briefly and remove from heat. Set aside.
  2. Warm a small skillet with olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and another 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and sauté for about 5-6 minutes, until the onion is translucent Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add 13 3/4 ounces (2 1/4 cups) black beans to the bowl and use a potato ricer to mash everything together until the mixture is pasty. Add the remaining black beans (this should be about 4 5/8 ounces or 3/4 cup), corn, parsley, lime juice, tomato paste, cumin, chile powder, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, sprinkling the salt and spices evenly overtop when you add them. Stir together until everything is evenly combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Stir in egg until totally incorporated, and then stir in quinoa, oats, and oat flour until all ingredients are well-combined.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the patty mixture into 6-7 equal portions and shape into round patties, compacting tightly with your hands while shaping. Place spread out on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours, or overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake burgers in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes on each side, until turning golden-brown. Serve hot with toppings of choice, including sweet corn salsa .


*If using cooked black beans that are not canned, you’ll need 1 lb 2 1/8 ounces (or 3 cups) cooked beans.

Recipe loosely adapted from Prevention RD and The Foodie Physician

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Consuelo - Honey & Figs June 30, 2014

Ohh yes there’s nothing worse than those bland & mushy storebought veggie burgers…. they taste like mud or something (not that I ever ate mud but you get me haha).
Your black bean patties sound and look 19999 times more delish! I’m all in for decent veggie burgers, and I’d happily eat one or two of these in my next bbq :)
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alexandra June 30, 2014

Thank you Consuelo!!! :)

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking June 30, 2014

Yum! I am 100% with you that when the rare occasion happens that I crave a cheese burger, I want it to be meaty and smothered in cheese! But there are times for veggie burgers and yours look amazing!!! LOVE! pinned!
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Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies July 1, 2014

My husband and I try to eat meatless at least once a week, so I’m always looking for new vegetarian recipes to try. I haven’t yet tried making my own veggie burgers, but these look wonderful! The combo of beans, oats, quinoa, and corn sounds both healthy and satisfying.
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alexandra July 2, 2014

You should definitely give them a try! They totally exceeded my expectations and were so good!

Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} July 3, 2014

YUM! Was going to try a black bean burger sometime soon, yours looks great and it’s awesome to know it tastes great as well!

alexandra July 6, 2014

Try it out Irene! SO good! :)

DMI August 20, 2014

Really excited to try this!!

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