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Quinoa and Black Bean Burger


Stan Adler, Chairman and Creative Director


  • 1 cup quinoa prepared as per box instructions
  • 15-oz. can of black beans
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup diced pepper (any color)
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn (canned — 4 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cups flavored breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano


  • Non-stick pan, bowl


  • 20 burgers


  1. Saute onions, pepper, corn, arugula and basil until soft.
  2. Mash beans and quinoa in a bowl.
  3. Add breadcrumbs, eggs, spices and sautéed onions, pepper, corn, arugula and basil.
  4. Form into patties and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Place in a pan on medium/low heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil or bake at 400° on cookie sheet with parchment paper until browned (about 15 minutes). Flip and bake the other side for 10 more minutes.


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

My wife challenged me to try and develop a recipe with ingredients that are actually good for you. I bravely picked up the gauntlet and this recipe, after four failed attempts, is the result. Even my son, who is a committed carnivore, loves it. It makes about 20 burgers and they taste good reheated as leftovers.

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