Basic Two Ingredient Vegan Quinoa Burger

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A Simple Two Ingredient Vegan Burger

Sometimes you just want to have a burger.  Something easy to make on a warm night.  This is recipe for a basic vegan quinoa burger.  It’s only has two ingredients which makes it easy to make when you don’t really feel like making anything. It’s a perfect meal for one and a great way to use up leftovers.

What You Need

It’s easy.  All you need is  cooked quinoa and cooked kidney beans.  The kidney beans can be from a can or box, just as long as they are already cooked.  This is a nice way to use up leftovers and it’s great if you are cooking for one.


This is really simple.  I mean it. Mixture makes two small patties or one large patty.  If you need more, just add to the ingredients (add 1 tsp kidney beans to 1 TB of quinoa).

One note:  I used my silverware teaspoon and tablespoon for these measurements.

1. Take 3 teaspoons of kidney beans.  Mash them with a fork until very soft.

Mash up the 3 teaspoons of kidney beans

2.  Mash up the kidney beans.

3.  Take 4 tablespoons of cooked quinoa and mix it into mashed kidney beans.

Combine the quinoa and kidney beans to form burgers

4. Form into one large patty or two smaller patties.

5. Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Flip and cook for another 1 minute 30 seconds.

Burgers are cooked in the microwave

Burgers are cooked in the microwave

And, you’re done!

Optional Additions

The basic recipe is great for people with digestive issues.  It’s dairy free and gluten free.  But, you’re welcome to add to the basic mixture whatever you like.  Some suggestions:

  • Carrots, broccoli, or other vegetable mashed
  • Garlic, onion, or celery chopped into small pieces
  • Pepper or other seasonings

I bet you can come up with all kinds of ideas.

The End Product…a Tasty Vegan Burger

Quinoa and kidney beans solve a problem I was having with earlier combinations.  It holds together really well and doesn’t crumble when flipped.

There is a little hint of toasted quinoa.  Although there are no lentils, it reminds me of a lentil burger.

Topped my burger with plain vegan soy yogurt, added some veggie chips and vegetables...I've got a meal!
Topped my burger with plain vegan soy yogurt, added some veggie chips and vegetables…I’ve got a meal!

Why Only Two Ingredients?

As someone who suffers from IBS, I tend to have problems when recipes get too complicate.  A lot of vegan burgers have onion, celery, and spices that my stomach doesn’t like.  I need something simple.  After a little trial and error, I came up with the right combination of grain and beans that stay together and taste good.

The beauty of it is that each person, no matter their dietary needs or limitations, can season and doctor it the way they like.  Add some onion or sprinkle a little pepper into the mix.  You’ve got the basic burger.  Now make it anyway you like.

Give it a try.  If you add to the recipe, let us know in the comments what you added and how it came out.

Needs some more inspiration? Here are some vegan burger cookbooks to get you started.


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