I know, I know. When you think of comfort to do usually think of soups, meets, and hearty foods that really stick to your ribs.

During the recent snowstorm I did spend some time in the kitchen whipping up some of those. But then I got tired of stuffing mine and my families faces with fattening foods so I decided to come up with something filling and satisfying it’s still healthy and yummy.

Try these homemade black bean and quinoa burgers. I made about a dozen and they devoured them in 10 minutes.


  • Coconut or olive oil for cooking
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped (optional, for those who like the “heat”)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup packed spinach, chopped
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans, drained, or 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (ground-up rolled oats)or almond flour


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • To cook quinoa, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Rinse quinoa in a small mesh strainer.
  • Once oil is hot, add quinoa to the saucepan and stir.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted.
  • Add 1 cup water; turn the heat to high.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 13-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add chopped onion; let it cook for a few minutes, stirring often.
  • Add bell pepper, jalapeño (if using,)and garlic; cook until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and stir immediately, letting it wilt slightly. Turn the heat off.
  • In a large bowl, add black beans; mash with a fork, leaving some texture.
  • Add cooked quinoa, sautéed vegetables, salt, paprika, cumin, pepper, and mix until combined, then add oat or almond flour
  • Form 10-12 patties depending on desired size. Place on baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes, flip, then bake for 25-30 more minutes, until browned and crispy.
  • Serve on a whole-wheat hamburger bun with guacamole, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, salsa and/or other desired toppings, or on top of a salad.
  • Store in an airtight container or bag for up to 1 week. You can also freeze and reheat these.

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