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Black Bean Burgers with Spinach and Quinoa

veggies for burgers

Making veggie burgers is a great way to recycle leftovers into something new. If you’ve never used beans to make burgers, you might be surprised at how easy it is. Super healthy, too, with all those veggies and quinoa flakes!

You may have heard quinoa referred to as an ancient grain. It’s not really a grain, but a seed. And the tiny seeds are total nutritional rock stars. Learn more about the health benefits of quinoa at Well-Being Secrets.

Baked in an oven or cooked in a skillet, veggie burgers are great for a quick bite when you’re prepping a bigger feast. I prefer the ones cooked in a skillet, but some kids like the oven baked veggie burgers better. Either way, they’re good. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Waiting to get baked

Black Bean Burgers with Spinach and Quinoa

8 small veggie burgers

What to do with that extra bit of pumpkin sitting in the fridge? Add it to veggie burgers.


  • 1- 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cooked and drained spinach
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flakes
  • Few pinches sea salt
  • Pepper to taste


In a medium bowl, combine: beans, spinach, onion, celery, carrots, pumpkin, quinoa flakes, salt, and pepper. Add more spice or seasoning as needed.

The easiest way to blend and mash up veggies is with a potato masher. Or use a food processor to gently pulse ingredients until mixed, but still chunky. A number 16 disher is perfect for scooping 8 veggie burger balls.

To cook in skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan. Add burger balls and flatten slightly to form patties. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until nicely crisp.

To bake veggie burgers, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place burger balls on a parchment lined or greased baking pan and flatten into patties. Bake for about 25 minutes, flipping burgers midway.


Baked vs. pan cooked veggie burgers

The four nicely browned burgers on the left were cooked in a skillet.  The ones on the right were baked in the oven.  Sorry for no beautifully styled shot here, but 1) I probably couldn’t do that if I tried and 2) all the veggie burgers and sweet potato tots were gobbled up quickly after getting the photo above.

Excuses, am I right?


  1. Do you think subbing cooked brown rice for the quinoa flakes would work??


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