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Best Quinoa Recipe Ever – Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders

3 Comments | Written on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Last week we took a bit of a detour with the weekly recipe contest and threw our readers a curveball – quinoa.  This “ancient grain” has suddenly become a trendy ingredient.   We received a wide variety of recipe submissions with creative ways to use quinoa, but one unique preparation stood out to our judges, sliders!

These meatless mini-burgers are made with black beans and, of course, quinoa.  They come with a kick because of a spicy mayo spread as well as a jalapeño and corn salsa.  Believe me, you will want to make these “Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders” this weekend!

Keep reading for the winning recipe…

Congratulations to our winner, “girllovescake.”  Lucky for us, she is also likes quinoa, because her recipe topped the charts this week!

These vegetarian sliders are hearty enough to satisfy everyone at the dinner table.  Plus, with quinoa and black beans, the patties are still packed with protein.

Personally, my favorite part of these sliders is the spicy mayo!  Anytime there is Sriracha involved, I’m happy.  The kick from this condiment balances perfectly with the subtle sweetness in the Hawaiian buns.  I bet you can’t eat just one!

Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders  (click here to print recipe)

For The Burgers:

1- 15 oz can Low Sodium Black Beans, rinsed

1 Lime, juiced

2 Tbsp Shallots or Onion, diced

1 Medium Jalapeño, seeds removed and diced

1 Medium Clove of Garlic, chopped

1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

1 1/2 cups Cooked, chilled quinoa

For Tomato Corn Salsa:

1/4 cup Sweet Corn Kernels

1/4 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered

1/2 Jalapeño, seed removed and diced

1/2 Lime

2 tsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped



Spicy Mayo:

2 Tbsp Mayo

2 Tbsp Ketchup

2 tsp Sriracha

8 Mini Buns, hawaiian sweet buns



1. In a food processor puree black beans, lime juice, chopped onion/shallot, jalapeño, garlic, and salt until smooth.

2. Transfer to a medium bowl and add quinoa. Mix until well combined. Set aside.


1. Combine all ingredients for the salsa in a medium bowl. Adjust lime juice and salt to desired taste. Set aside.

Spicy Mayo:

1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients for spicy mayo and set aside.

Cooking Burgers:

1. Form burgers using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, or divide into 8 even portions. Shape into round patties.

2. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, begin cooking the burgers. Cook on each side for 5 to 6 minutes.

Building Burgers:

1. While the burgers are cooking, cut buns in half, If desired, heat buns on a skillet until both sides have browned.

2. Top each side of the buns with spicy mayo.

3. Once the burgers are cooked, place one burger on half of each bun. Divide corn salsa between the 8 burgers and top with the other bun.

4. Serve with French fries or salad.

3 Responses to “Best Quinoa Recipe Ever – Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders”

  • 1
    Erin says:

    Thanks for the great photo, Kristina!

  • 2
    Lisa says:

    Great recipe!! So good and easy to make

  • 3
    Deb says:

    I liked the taste although I increased the amount of shallots and garlic.
    These are the first “veggie burgers” I have tried so the texture was new and softer than I would like but with the spicy mayo (and it was a really good “spicy”) and the corn salsa, I enjoyed the sliders very much.
    I may have added a little too much lime juice and hence the soft texture.
    I served with a salad and no bun and would consider making them again.

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