Getting dinner on the table is easy when these spicy black bean, quinoa, and sweet potato burgers are on the menu!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Alexia Foods. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own!
spicy black bean, quinoa, and sweet potato burgersI never had a burger craving until becoming a vegetarian.

That didn’t come out right.

I never met a burger worth craving until becoming a vegetarian.



You have to understand that when I was a kid, burgers were an almost-every-night-occurrence in my house. There was no room to miss them because we were eating them ALL. THE. TIME. Rain, sleet, shine, or the Blizzard of ’96, my dad could be found on our deck, flipping patties on the barbecue.

Now that I’m a (sort of) adult who likes to eat a home-cooked meal every night, I totally understand the method to their madness. Burgers are EASY. They require under 5 minutes of prep time, 6-10 minutes over a heat source, and then voila. Dinner is served.


It’s been about 6 years since I’ve had a meat burger and, honestly, I don’t miss them. Maybe it was the over-consumption as a child, but I was never really that into them.

Veggie burgers, on the other hand, are a different story.

I am passionate about veggie burgers. Not the artificial color/flavor/ingredients kind from the freezer section…those are gross. I’m talking about the kind that require you to get your hands dirty – to dig deep into a bowl full of beans, grains, veggies, and seasoning. They require a bit more hands-on time than their meat counterparts, but if you prepare the filling ahead of time, it can sit in the fridge for days until you’re ready to cook them off.


It’s no fun having a burger without a side of fries, though, so I always make sure I have Alexia Foods Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt on hand for spur of the moment burger nights. I love them because they are all-natural, made from distinctive, real ingredients, and full of farm fresh flavor. Also, sweet potato fries = MY HAPPY PLACE.

Here, I’ve roasted them up with some honey-glazed Brussels sprouts and combined, they make for the perfect side to these spiced up black bean, sweet potato, and quinoa burgers. Aside from the heat in the burgers themselves, they get some added intensity from a slather of chipotle mayo, a few spicy pickle chips, and some thick slices of pepperjack. It’s sweet and spicy flavor madness. All with under 20 minutes of hands on time.


Alexia Foods is more than just a one trick sweet potato fry pony. I am positively obsessed with their onion rings, enamored with their crinkle cuts, and have been known to bat my eyelashes at their parmesan peas. Check out their website for their full list of offerings and make sure you sign up for the Alexia Club 350 Newsletter, which will allow you to be the first to hear about new Alexia products, promotions, recipes, and tips!

Spicy Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Burgers
Getting dinner on the table is easy when these spicy black bean, quinoa, and sweet potato burgers are on the menu! Prepare the filling in the morning or the day before, and then cook off when you get home.
Yield: 8 veggie burgers
For the burgers
  • 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 3½ cups cooked black beans
  • ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can green chiles, with juices
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 8 oz pepperjack cheese
  • 8 tbsp chipotle mayo
  • spicy pickles, for garnish
  • 8 brioche burger buns
For the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) bag Alexia Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt
  1. For the burgers, in a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Let rest with the heat off for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, prick the sweet potato all over with a fork. Cover in a damp paper towel and microwave for 2-4 minutes, or until soft. Let cool for a few minutes and then peel.
  3. Set aside ¾ cup of the black beans. In the bowl of a food processor combine the remaining black beans, sweet potato, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Pulse until pureed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Scoop the filling into a large mixing bowl and stir together with the reserved black beans and the quinoa. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. Heat oven to 400F.
  6. Scoop the filling onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to form 8-10 patties. Bake for 25 minutes. Top with cheese slices and put back in the oven for another minute, or until cheese is melted. Serve atop brioche buns, topped with a smear of chipotle mayo and a few pickle slices.
  7. To cook the Brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries, toss the Brussels sprouts with the olive oil and honey. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. On a second parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange the fries in a single layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.
Veggie burgers adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 veggie burger


More veggie burger recipes:

eggplant burgers with honey beer-glazed caramelized shallotsEggplant Burgers with Honey-Beer Glazed Caramelized Shallots

jalapeno white bean burgers

Jalapeno White Bean Burgers 

eggplant parmesan burgers

Eggplant Parmesan Burgers

From Around the Web:

Tempeh, Brown Rice, and Millet Veggie Burger from The First Mess

Black Bean Edamame Burgers from Hip Foodie Mom

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy from Edible Perspective

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers from Bev Cooks

Chunky Portabella Veggie Burgers from The Kitchen Whisperer


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39 Responses to Spicy Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Burgers

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    The burger looks gorgeous, but you had me at the honey-glazed sweet potato and brussels sprouts!

  2. debbie says:

    I love a fresh veggie burger too. I don’t care for the ones that are store bought straight from the freezer kind also. I will have to check out those sweet potato fries. Keeping this recipe too!

  3. I literally saw the title of this post and started salivating. OMG, these veggie burgers are perfection!!!

  4. Joanne, this black bean quinoa burger looks soooooooo good!!! and um yes, I’ll take that entire bag of Alexia sweet potato fries to go with it!!! Thank you for the link love!!

  5. Heather says:

    Mmm. I love a good veggie burger! I consider it a victory when I can manage to get my picky kiddos and husband to eat them too. 😉 We’re also big Alexia fans, and I love that you combined the fries with honey-glazed brussels sprouts! Fantastic idea!

  6. Julia says:

    Even though I’m a meat eater, I get hankerings for veggie burgers pretty regularly..they’re on a totally different playing field, fo sho! Nothing sounds more satisfying to me right now than a big melty cheese veggie burger with sweet potato fries! I’ll have it for breakfast, puh-lease! 😀

  7. I freaking love their fries. Great way to serve them up with this burger!

  8. Haha…I had a lot of burgers back in the day as well and I can tell you they were never veggie! These look great! Along with your awesome side!! YUM!

  9. Lori R. says:

    Ha! Burgers were a staple for us growing up, too. The ol’ standby meal. Love this combination! It’s definitely hitting our table soon!

  10. Beth says:

    I’m passionate about veggie burgers, too, and always homemade. (Even though I eat meat, I think veggie burgers are better than the ones made of ground beef.) They are SO worth the extra work!

  11. Your veggie burgers bring the boys to the yard… they always look so good!

  12. I love making and eating veggie burgers! These look perfect with all my favorite flavors!

  13. I do love using black beans as the base for veggie burgers – yours looks fab – Joanne!

  14. THis looks amazing. I had no idea you became a vegetarian. I love quinoa burgers… sweet potatoes are a nice touch.


  15. These vegetarian burgers look mouthwatering.

  16. Danguole says:

    I love your dedication to all things spicy. Chipotle mayo! Pepperjack! Bam!

    And you’re right, processed vegetarian “meat” is gross.

  17. I adore veggie burgers in a big way! Joanne these sound super – love the sweet potato, black beans, and cumin and chili combo!

  18. I love their sweet potato fries!

  19. Kate says:

    We had black bean burgers for dinner last night! I love the idea of combining fries and brussels sprouts, since I love sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.

  20. CakePants says:

    I’m having a serious craving for this burger right now – black beans and sweet potatoes are practically a match made in food heaven! And I completely agree about the freezer section veggie burgers…some of those are downright freaky!

  21. Susan says:

    Wow, it really looks delicious, Joanne! I’ve only made garbanzo burgers so time to branch out a little!

  22. With all those gorgeous ingredients in, that has GOT to be one tasty burger, Joanne! And it looks just like a regular burger, actually. Not that that matters, of course … 😉
    Loving the sound of those brussels to go with it, too!

  23. Sarah says:

    Yummmy!! This burger looks delish, also those sweet potato fries look very good too. Sweet potato are my favorite, even better than regular french fries!

  24. Eileen says:

    Oh yes, burgers! Veggie or meat (I am all about a lamb burger), they are so good. This burger combination sounds so spicy and savory, I have to try it. And I want some of those gigantic pickle slices! And also fries. There always have to be fries. 🙂

  25. Marci says:

    These look fantastic and I, too, am passionate about veggie burgers. One of my biggest pet peeves is restaurants that cook up frozen patties. If I wanted that, I would do it at home. Drives me nuts. Thanks for another great recipe!

  26. mira says:

    I love anything “quinoa” ! And alexia’s fries are the best!

  27. Betty says:

    I grew up with lots of beef at our table too, as my dad was a cattle farmer. So while I do enjoy a good beef burger, I also wholeheartedly embrace veggie burgers which I was deprived of as a youngster. This one looks yummy! 🙂

  28. Izzy says:

    I’m craving this burger so much right now!!! I’m obsessed with veggie burgers and these look amazing!! Black beans and sweet potatoes are the best burger combo ever 🙂

  29. Kelly says:

    I haven’t had a meat burger in years either but who needs them when veggie burgers like this totally rock! Love the black beans, sweet potatoes and quinoa and yes to the side of the sweet potato fries!

  30. I love a good meaty and cheesy burger. It was actually the food that broke my ten year hiatus from meat. But, I also appreciate and looooove a good veggie burger. I am digging everything about this combo. Of course you need fries on the side and those pickle slices!!!!

  31. grace says:

    those sweet potato fries are a staple for me! i can easily see a burger like that becoming a staple too. 🙂

  32. Johanna GGG says:

    Me too – we had a lot of meat burgers when I was young and they were pretty ordinary – I don’t miss them but I love all the interesting vegie burgers around (and I do mean some mashed potato with a few peas in them – those ones annoy me). I don’t serve them on buns often enough though – your burgers in a bun always look superb!

  33. Now you have me craving this black bean quinoa and sweet potato burger. It really looks delicious.

  34. Chris says:

    You know I’m a hard core carnivore but even still I love a good veggie burger. I like to sneak a little tahini paste in mine. Great burger, Joanne.

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  36. Lauren says:

    Hi! I just made these tonight, and even after baking for the full 25 minutes, these burgers were pretty mushy. What I am doing wrong?

  37. Carey says:

    Wow these were a lot of effort and they turned out very mushy. Would love to know what I can do to fix that.

    • joanne says:

      Hi Carey! Hmmm it’s been a while since I’ve made these but I don’t remember them being mushy (or, well, any more mushy than any other veggie burger out there). I wonder if your quinoa was too wet after cooking? A new-to-me method to get the quinoa a bit drier is to lay it out on a parchment-lined baking sheet after it’s cooked so that it can cool down quickly and so that any extra liquid can evaporate.

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