These Vegan and Gluten Free Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Strawberry BBQ Sauce will transform the way you see veggie burgers…they are loaded with flavour, texture and are so filling!

If you’re someone who doesn’t love veggie burgers, I’m about to change that for good. We are talking I-would-rather-eat-this-at-any-barbecue veggie burgers. Let’s go.

Last year on one of our excursions in Portland, Jamaica, the Mr. and I went to a burger joint . Not just any burger joint but one that was supposed to have THE best burgers in the entire Caribbean. Huh? We’ve got to check this out clearly. I’m not sure who was paid to write these claims but I was most disappointed. My sad, soft and soggy version of a veggie burger made of soggy spinach and melted cheese on top was disastrous. His previously-frozen beef burger and our out of the bag fries didn’t help much either.These were NOT the best burgers of ANYWHERE in the world. Then I started to think, is this what people think of veggie burgers? This is BAD! Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers-2

Since then, I’ve kind of been on a mission. I have had some amazing vegetarian food in this country but not burgers. I find that’s kind of sad since items like sweet potatoes and black beans are popular staples in Jamaica. I’m sure they are out there, somewhere, waiting for me to discover them. Until then, it was time for us to make some of our own at home.

Then black bean and quinoa burgers came along, WHY did I have a fear of black beans? Why didn’t I know they were so delicious? So glad that view is gone, because these babies were SO DELICIOUS. They are also completely vegan and honestly didn’t need any cheese because flavour of the burger plus  the Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce, was amazing. Avid meat lover Mr. Jessiker Bakes chowed these down alongside me ½ second after I turned my camera to OFF, and we kind of just sat in silence.

I couldn’t speak while eating a piece of heaven! Finally we both came up for air and did a fist bump of “great job” to each other although, I have to credit him 100% for making these.

Wednesday tip? Get on to making these! I’m not here to make you feel like this will replace your meat burgers, because these aren’t imitation burgers, they have their own beauty. Here’s to seeing myself at endless barbecues chowing down on these!

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P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:


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Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Strawberry BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Strawberry BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

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Serves: 4
Category: Dinner
Tags: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, quinoa, strawberries, Vegan, Vegetarian Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, quinoa, strawberries, Vegan, Vegetarian
by Jessica

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  1. I’m the kind of person who’d choose veggie burgers over meat anytime. Although I can honestly say that most restaurant versions make me cringe uuuhhh do they even know what the words “veggie burger” stand for? (hint: not mush or sand).
    But your version looks like something I’d really enjoy, my friend! That strawberry bbq sauce is calling my name!
    Have a nice day! xx

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Consuelo! Haha yes some of these versions are bad, homemade is always better!

  2. These burgers sound divine, Jessica! Loving the sound of that strawberry bbq sauce- amazing and so unique! I’ve definitely got to try these, love homemade veggie burgers! 🙂 x

  3. Oh my, look at that strawberry sauce! I probably would just take a spoon and dig right into that. The whole thing looks pretty incredible. Love the seasoning on those rolls!

  4. I will admit that I’ve never tried a veggie burger, but now I’m intrigued! Love this recipe, especially with that strawberry sauce. Pinned!

  5. Holy moly that looks stunning!!

  6. Oh my goodness, these burgers look amazing, Jessica! I have never had a veggie burger in my life, but I’m thinking that that must change and soon! I can’t stand how amazing these look. I love how you topped them with your strawberry BBQ sauce. Omg the flavors must have been mind-blowing! Gorgeous photos. I love love the lighting! Pinned.

  7. marcie says:

    That’s one mean looking veggie burger, especially with that sauce oozing down the front — yum! I really need to get on making homemade veggie burgers. Pinning! 🙂

  8. They’re so pretty Jessica! Love those rosemary buns too.
    Have an awesome day!

  9. These amazing sounding burgers just made me stop and stare and say yes please.

  10. Oh Jessica! You are killing me! That strawberry BBQ sauce! I’m so in love with it and what a clever, clever idea. 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a fab recipe! Pinned!

  11. Strawberry BBQ Sauce?? Yum!! What a fun combo! Your so creative! This is perfect for summer!

  12. Jessica this is one beautifully mouth watering vegetarian meal! LOVE it!! Pinning!

  13. Nicole says:

    That is such a good idea for vegan and vegetarians. I like this.

  14. Kelly says:

    I love this jazzed up veggie burger. My husband always makes fun of me whenever I order one since he thinks they have no taste – this would totally change his mind. I mean how could he not – that strawberry bbq sauce sounds all kinds of amazing! Love this creative spin 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! Yes, I think it would, Mr. Jessiker Bakes loved it and he’s a meat man!

  15. Zainab says:

    This sounds delicious. Strawberry bbq sauce?? Yummm!! I want that!!!!

  16. Mary Frances says:

    That BBQ sauce – whoa! The strawberry combo is amazing!

  17. ela@GrayApron says:

    I’m all over these burgers, Jessica! Very creative and delicious.

    ela h.

  18. Joanne says:

    I love that you are on a mission to elevate the veggie burger to new levels of this deliciousness. Solidarity, sister! Your roasted strawberry bbq sauce sounds perfect for these!

  19. Pinned and want! They look delicious!

  20. I have never had a veggie burger. How crazy is that? I almost bought some pre-made patties at the store the other day, but I’m thinking your homemade version looks and (I am sure) tastes much better :). Beautiful pictures too, Jessica. Pinned and definitely making these soon!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kati and thanks for pinning! You’ve got to try a good veggie burger!

  21. Ashley says:

    Good veggie burgers can be hard to find sometimes! These sound so so good – especially with that strawberry bbq sauce. I usually pick vegetarian meals over meat so these are absolutely my style!

  22. Girl strawberry barbecue sauce??!!! That sounds so tempting!

  23. Johlene says:

    Oh wow I love this idea and to top it off you added the strawberry bbq sauce!! Yum!!
    ps. amazing photos!! xoxo

  24. This is a perfect Meatless Monday meal. I’ve been on the hunt for a new recipe and this is it exactly.

    Cross your fingers for me please/

  25. Stan says:

    What am I to do with the magic dust? Recipe describes how to make it but not what to do with it.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Stan,

      You’re to use a tablespoon of the magic dust in the barbecue sauce.

      • Stan says:

        Thanks so much and please forgive the oversight. Two of us missed this; I think we were too excited to get on with what is a most intriguing recipe! Thanks again.

  26. Mary says:

    Sounds delicious! Do the onions get sautéed with the red pepper?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Mary, yes you do. Thank you for asking, I’ve fixed that in the instructions!

  27. Stephany says:

    These burgers sounded amazing! We just tried to make them tonight but as we were cooking them they started falling apart! 🙁 What can we do to prevent this????

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Stephany! Sorry to hear that – it’s hard to tell since I wasn’t there with you, but they were pretty sturdy for us. You refrigerated them? And ensured the oil was hot first?

  28. Candy says:

    Oh my God, these are amazing! Even turned my meat-loving boyfriend, and made him admit that yes, veggie burgers ARE real burgers. He’s stopped complaining about our two meatless days a week now 😉

    • Jessica says:

      Oh Candy I’m so happy to hear!! Even more happy that a meat lover said this haha! Thanks so much for letting you know!

  29. Dharma says:

    these look so delicious. I was just wondering if you think putting the veggies in the food processor is necessary? I do not have one at home, but I’ve been thinking of purchasing one because they’re used in many vegetarian recipes.

    • Hi Dharma,

      You don’t have to use a food processor, I suppose you could just crush them together with a potato masher. It would be a little harder but would get the job done. Be careful not to overdo it! Also, I recommend a multi purpose food processor/chopper such as the Ninja or Nutribullet so you could also make smoothies or juices or anything else in there too!

  30. Tara says:

    Hi Jessica,

    My burgers are in the fridge cooling and then i am going to fry them. Question is- as i don’t want to eat all of them in one sitting- should i cook all of them now then freeze the unused ones, or freeze them as they are now and cook when ready.
    hope that makes sense.
    looking forward to eating it !

  31. Kendra says:

    Hey Jessica!

    I’ve made a few of your recipes and I have loved them all! I tried these last night and completely bombed. I couldn’t get the burgers firm enough when I fried them. I had to improvise with the mixing and I used my blender. Do you think they wer mixed too much?? Trying to get guidance so I can try again!

  32. Venus says:

    I tried to make the quinoa burgers ,I couldn’t get the burgers to stay together in the frying pan .i didn’t want the burger mixture to go to waist , I already had some bell peppers out with the tops cut off so I stuffed them with the burger mixture! ? rather a burger or stuffed pepper your recipe was very delicious! And I am new to your website and already addicted !! Thanks so much sincerely *Venus*

    • Michael says:

      Allow the mixture to cool in the fridge for about a hour. That should help the form process

  33. rsp says:

    BIG caution on this: if you are NOT using unsalted beans the recipe needs no salt at all. I made it, without thinking about the salt in the can, adding the salt called for in the recipe, and the batch was inedible. Canned beans are usually heavily salted; if you look you may find some that are not. In any event, this is a great recipe. Just be sure to check the salt.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi rsp thanks for this comment there was a typo in the ingredients section. We’ve updated it to reflect this! It should be 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt! I hope this helps!

  34. Cindy says:

    I can’t eat the flour. Can I substitute with anything else?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Cindy! We haven’t tested it yet, but you should be able to use chickpea flour as a substitute.

  35. Jennifer Stackpole says:

    Where is the roasted strawberry bbsauce recipe?

  36. Lexi says:

    Love these burgers. I make them for my husband and he says he prefers them to real burgers sometimes. I like to add some corn too when im sauteing the veggies. If you add the corn they taste more like the black beans burgers they sell at trader joes too

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Lexi! Thanks for the kind words! We didn’t think about that addition. We’ll definitely try adding corn to see how that tastes! Thanks again!

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