serves 4 // less than 30 minutes

This veggie burger is quick to prepare and is packed with quinoa, black beans, nutritional yeast, and spices- it’s a winning meal for both taste and nutrition. Top with ketchup or mustard, sliced avocado and tomato, and serve on a whole grain bun or on top of mixed greens. Roasted sweet potato fries make a great side.


1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (dry goods health section at Schnucks, Dierbergs or Whole Foods)

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. 1/4 cup dry makes 1/2 cup cooked. Feel free to make at least 1 cup dry to add to salads and lunches later in the week.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients using hands or a fork to mash beans and thoroughly mix. (This should form a paste-like mixture that is easy to shape into patties.)Divide mixture into four equal balls, and form each into a patty between 1/4- and 1/2-inch thick.
  3. In a medium oven-safe saucepan over high heat, cook patties in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for 1 minute on each side, or until lightly browned.Transfer the saucepan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Serve patties on whole-grain buns or over fresh greens with desired toppings.