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

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

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!

Two quinoa burgers on parchment.

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! Side shot of two black bean and quinoa burgers on parchment paper.

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!

Two black bean burgers on parchment.

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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If  you loved these burgers, you’ll always love these Sun-dried Tomato and Mozzarella Quinoa Burgers!

Stack of sundried tomato and mozzarella quinoa burgers.

Black bean burger with onion and lettuce.

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

These Vegan and Gluten Free Quinoa & Black Bean Burgers with Strawberry BBQ Sauce will transform the way you see veggie burgers. This plant-based meal is loaded with sweet and smoky flavor, and it's so filling!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion 1/2 cup, diced
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained 498 g
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Roasted Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour


  • Heat the first tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium high heat until hot, and sauté the onions, red bell peppers, garlic until cooked down, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper slightly to taste. Allow the vegetables to cool a bit.
  • In a food processor, add the black beans, cooked quinoa, sautéed vegetables, red pepper flakes, gluten free flour, ground black pepper and sea salt. Pulse until combined - you want it all completely incorporated, until it's one cohesive mixture and the black beans are nice and mashed in.
  • On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, form the mixture into burgers (ensure to spray your hands with oil first - they are sticky!). I like to use my ½ cup measurement to pack them in, then form them in my hands into shape. They can make 4 large burgers this way. Optional: refrigerate for about 10 minutes before cooking.
  • In a pan over medium high heat, heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the burgers to it, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Once the burgers sizzle, lower to a medium heat and cook about 6 minutes on each side, until crispy and cooked through.
  • Serve as you desire, in a burger form or in a lettuce wrap. We added burger buns, onions, tomato and lettuce and barbecue sauce. Enjoy!
This recipe is vegan and vegetarian.
The burgers can be made for a meal prep. They can be stored in single layer freezer bags in a freezer-safe container lined parchment paper. They can be frozen up to a month.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
by Jessica

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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Jennifer Stackpole says:

    Where is the roasted strawberry bbsauce recipe?

  6. 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!

  7. Emma says:

    5 stars
    These burgers are so easy, delicious, and flavorful! Possibly my new favorite at-home veggie burger recipe:) Thank you!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome we’re so happy that you enjoyed them that much. Thank you so much for this really kind review Emma!

  8. Jenny Darmody says:

    5 stars
    These burgers were amazing! Full disclosure, I prepped everything but left out the sautéed veg by complete accident, but the burgers held together so well, which I’ve always struggled with in other veggie burger recipes and the poor, forgotten sautéed veg just went in as a topping instead, so still perfect. The roasted strawberry sauce was incredible too – I’ve never tasted anything like it before and I’m only sorry that I didn’t make a bigger batch!

  9. Katie says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love the burgers!! I’m so excited to find a recipe that’s so simple, and is such a great alternative to buying the expensive veggie burgers in the store!

  10. Cynde says:

    5 stars
    My husband and I enjoyed these burgers. Instead of strawberry bbq sauce I topped then with the mango salsa. Yummy!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome we’re so happy you both enjoyed it Cynde! Thanks so much for reading!


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