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Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

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Welllll, I WAS going to post about something else but on a whim tonight I decided to whip up these awesome burgers after a friend had mentioned making Andie’s Loaded Quinoa burgers. I’ve made lentil burgers mixed with walnuts, and plain black bean burgers but I’ve never made them with quinoa so I was intrigued and had to test these babies out. I ended up not sticking with her exact recipe since I have a hard time following directions, I simply used the black bean and quinoa idea and went to town playing with other spices.

As it turns out, they were awesome! So clearly I HAVE to share them, it would be a crime not to haha.

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

by Maria W

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


For the burgers

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can low sodium black beans
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

For the avocado cream sauce

  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • 2 tbs plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 tbs mayo
  • pinch of salt and pepper


For the burgers

Saute onions, garlic, and bell peppers with a tbs of oil in a heated fry pan until softened. Add in rinsed beans and then add spices. Transfer mix to a food processor once cooled. Add in cooked quinoa and then pulse together until mixed evenly. Form into patties and place on an oiled and baking sheet. Cook for around 15 minutes on one side and then flip over to finish baking the other. If you have the pan oiled enough, it should be crispy on the outside, but soft in the middle.

For the avocado cream sauce

Mix the cilantro, lime juice, avocado, mayo, greek yogurt and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until everything is evenly mixed together and creamy.

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

We topped our burgers with sharp white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and used my all time favorite Kings Hawaiian sweet sandwich buns. We also had sweet potato fries on the side and used the left over avocado sauce to dip them in. To be honest, the fries were merely just a vessel to scoop more sauce into my mouth.

Boy, does that sound wrong 😉

Anyway, remember my post where I confessed my love for my jogging stroller? And then I asked about what kind of double inline stroller we should get in preparation for kiddo numero dos? Well we bit the bullet and went ahead with the Phil and Teds Navigator. We got it in a few nights ago and oh my word, LOVE at first sight! This baby is sleek, easy to put together and maneuver, light, and just plain pretty. And I really happen to like pretty things.

We took it out for a test run today and also loved how smooth it ran. As for our Joovy, I still plan on keeping it because I’m too attached to it and since it’s specifically made for longer distance all terrain running, I’ll keep it around in case I want to take one kid out and train for something crazy. I just can’t let go of that stroller quite yet.

Here’s a size comparison between the two:

stroller comparison










I definitely think KNOW we made the right decision. Man, I just love when that happens.

Happy hump day y’all! We’re THIS CLOSE to the weekend…not that it matters for us because surprise surprise, both the hubs and I work all weekend! BOO. But since I can’t end this blog post on a sorry note….BACON!