Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger

Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger | almost getting it together

I was never much of a veggie burger person, even whenever I was a vegetarian (once in high school, once in college). Actually, in high school I did it totally wrong and just ate like cheese and crackers and that was about it. Anyway, for some reason I was just craving veggie burgers a few weeks ago.

Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger | almost getting it together

Please ignore the fact I haven’t invested in high quality mustard yet. It’s a real commitment issue with me.

I could say there is a great really veggie-focused, organic place by my apartment… but that is basically a blanket description for anywhere in San Francisco. The one in question though is called The Plant Cafe Organic, which Gina introduced me to during a vaguely hungover brunch following Halloween. She told me they were known for their veggie burgers.

As we all know, I didn’t have kitchen things for about a week after I moved to SF. So I was eating basically every meal out. Plant Cafe had wifi, amazing salads, whatever… all of those things. Long story short, I started eating there every day, maybe twice a day, because I am a creature of habit and when I’m exhausted I can’t make decisions (I can’t make decisions even fully rested, let’s be real). You know what I never had though? One of their veggie burgers. So I need to get on that.

Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger | almost getting it together

Naked veggie burger if your body composition isn’t 20% mustard like mine.

I’m not really into cooking meat for myself, at least if it isn’t grilled. And I don’t have a grill. Because I live in a studio apartment in the city. (I did buy a grill pan from West Elm, but it isn’t the same). So now I am experimenting in other forms of protein, mostly eggs, tofu and… homemade veggie burgers.

I ate my Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers over salad (of course I did) with ketchup and mustard. They are a little spicy, so you might want some avocado if you are susceptible to that kind of thing. I’m also linking up with Tina for Meatless Monday because it seems like 9 times out of 10 I’m posting a meatless recipe on Mondays.

Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger | almost getting it together

Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger

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Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: gluten free, vegetarian
Serves: 5 patties
Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can black beans (I used Cuban style from Trader Joe’s)
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp roasted garlic
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Place in pot with water and cook according to package directions. Once cooked, let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add cooled quinoa.
  4. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil or Slipat.
  5. Form patties with mixture. Place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping carefully halfway through, or until tops begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pattie Calories: 250 Fat: 9.7g Saturated fat: 1.0g Carbohydrates: 32.3g Sugar: 2.6g Sodium: 461mg Fiber: 8.3g Protein: 11.4g

Chat with me:
Do you eat at the same places all the time? Would you rather buy something pre made or make it yourself? Are you a veggie burger type person (I feel like you have to love them or hate them).

47 comments on “Cuban Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger

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Jessie on November 17, 2014 7:33 am

I enjoy a good veggie burger from time to time. Question though: Does this veggie burger fall apart easily? I can’ tell you how many of them I’ve come across in my 25 years of living.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:27 am

So I didn’t eat it as a burger so I don’t know if I can speak to that… but once they cooled fully, I stored them and they weren’t all crumbles. I had to break them with my fork when I ate them with a salad… so I’m going to say not easily haha. I think the pumpkin helps bind a little more. You could always add an extra egg to bind them, too! Just be careful flipping, I almost lost one that way!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on November 17, 2014 7:45 am

I lvoe cuban black beans. It is the only type of black beans that I like. Sadly, beans do not care for me. But I wish I could try this!
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on November 17, 2014 8:34 am

My husband would love this! He’s a vegetarian that loves spicy food! Thanks for sharing!
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:24 am

Let me know what he thinks!

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Whitney Carney on November 17, 2014 8:48 am

Don’t worry. I’m a creature of habit too. If I eat at a place once and love it, I’ll probably want to eat there next week. I had my dad take me the same place he took me yesterday that he did last Sunday because they had an amazing breakfast tostada.. the place is a gem (Bluegrass Kitchen) and you know how finding a good restaurant in WV is few and far between. Anyway, this veggie burger sounds awesome. I love veggie burgers. Need to make this for lunch!! Have a good one! :)

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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:23 am

I’ve heard of Bluegrass kitchen! um and you had me at breakfast tostada!!

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Janelle @ Run With No Regrets on November 17, 2014 9:14 am

I love veggie burgers with quinoa and black beans!! This looks like a great recipe!
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:22 am

Hope you try it!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on November 17, 2014 9:16 am

I miss my homemade veggie burgers! I have been craving them…but I don’t have them here in college or the means to make them :'(
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:23 am

Make them when you go home for Christmas, freeze then thaw out at school :)

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on November 17, 2014 9:23 am

I always thought veggie burgers were hard to make and would require patience, glue and magic but you’ve made it sound pretty darn easy and delicious.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:22 am

Definitely easy… I have no patience and no magic haha.

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Jenn @ Running on Lentils on November 17, 2014 9:58 am

Sounds delicious! I made veggie burgers all the time so will add this to my list.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:22 am

Hope you enjoy!

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Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner on November 17, 2014 9:59 am

Love the addition of the pumpkin creative! Thanks for linking up with us hope you will check out all the other great recipes in the link up too
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:10 am

I kind of forgot I threw that in there haha… added veggies, yay!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on November 17, 2014 10:23 am

I am on team veggie burger. I’m intrigued about that grill pan!

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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:09 am

http://www.westelm.com/products/mrk-lodge-cast-iron-grill-pan-d870/

Can’t decide if I like it or if I just don’t know how to use it properly.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on November 17, 2014 10:49 am

I’m more of a veggie burger person than I am a regular burger person. In fact, I can probably count on one hand the amount of times in my life I’ve had a burger — just not my jam. And I’m with you on not enjoying cooking meat for yourself. It’s not something Ill go out of my way to do either.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:10 am

I’ve eaten more tofu and eggs in the past few weeks than most vegetarians haha. It’s just easier to cook!

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Diana @sosmallsostrong on November 17, 2014 11:58 am

I’ve never been a huge Veggie Burger person but once in awhile it’s awesome to switch things up. I don’t typically make them myself but this seems easy and tasty!
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:07 am

I had never made them myself before but it was so easy!

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on November 17, 2014 12:14 pm

My first comment went through way too fast! Was going to say: I am quite picky about veggie burgers, and I try to avoid soy burgers whenever possible. I do, however, love veggie burgers made with beans, veggies, and legumes, so I would devour this! Haven’t had a veggie burger in ages so it might be time ;)
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:07 am

I def try to avoid soy burgers, too… not many great ones out there!

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on November 17, 2014 1:25 pm

I’m the occasional veggie burger kind of girl. But I love mustard, does that make up for it?

I should give them more of a chance though, because I always can use more vegetables in my life.
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:03 am

Speaking of needing more veggies, I had the world’s greenest smoothie this morning to try and detox my life from last week.

Also I really want a real burger.

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Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen on November 17, 2014 1:39 pm

I have been on the hunt for a good veggie burger recipe! I honestly can’t say I love them because I have yet to try an off the wall amazing veggie burger. Most of the ones at restaurants taste fake or too mushy! I love the nutritional profile on this and how easy it is! Pinning for sure :)
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:03 am

These don’t taste fake or mushy… def give them a chance!

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on November 17, 2014 2:02 pm

I LOVE VEGGIE BURGERS and yay for being indecisive. It’s a serious problem for me too. FaceTime this week pleeeeeease.

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Cassie on November 18, 2014 12:02 am

YESSS.

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Emily @ Sweets and Beets on November 17, 2014 2:07 pm

Sounds good, and so easy to make! I love (good) veggie burgers — but I’m very particular about them. Once at a cute outdoor bistro in NYC, I ordered one.. and I swear to you they brought me a Morningstar burger on a bun for $12. Scarred for life. Thanks for the recipe — have a great week! : )

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on November 17, 2014 3:26 pm

I love a good black bean burger! These sound delicious!!!
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Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde on November 17, 2014 7:08 pm

Yummm I do love a good veggie burger. Like a lot. And if you’re looking for a good mustard brand… Sir Kensingtons allll the way!! I am super obsessed. PS The Plant Cafe Organic rocks. Nor Cal wooooo!!
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Cassie on November 17, 2014 11:51 pm

I always see that brand at WF… going to have to get it next time I go!!

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Matt on November 17, 2014 8:20 pm

Looks good! It’s tough to find a good veggie burger.

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on November 17, 2014 9:38 pm

I love veggie burgers but I am far too lazy to make them myself! Apparently I’m willing to squish meat together (TWSS) to make regular burgers but mashing beans is too much effort. I may have to get past that for the sake of these burgers though.
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Cassie on November 17, 2014 11:50 pm

I think it’s more the adding all the things together and then mashing them that makes it seem like too much effort lol

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Tina Muir on November 18, 2014 6:35 am

You weren’t kidding lady! This does sounds AAAMMMAAZINNGG! YUM! Love the idea of cuban seasoning! Thanks for joining us, PLEASE come again next monday :) Have a wonderful day my friend!
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Cassie on November 27, 2014 6:24 pm

Yayyy thank you :)

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on November 18, 2014 9:35 am

I was vegetarian for a semester in high school. I ate dark chocolate and drank coke for most of it. Good times
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Cassie on November 27, 2014 6:24 pm

I got so fat being a vegetarian lol.

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Michael on November 18, 2014 2:25 pm

This has to be more of the more unique veggie burgers I’ve seen. I’ll have to admit I’ve only eaten these things at restaurants out of curiosity. Usually they aren’t as good as this one sounds.
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Cassie on November 27, 2014 6:23 pm

I just bought Sunshine brand today… hopefully they are good!

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Ariana on November 19, 2014 2:27 am

These sound so good!! I have a go-to black bean burger recipe I often make & freeze, but these look a little less time-consuming AND delicious. They may have to make an appearance! ;)
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Cassie on November 27, 2014 6:23 pm

Let me know if you try them :)

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