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Quinoa Burger Final 1

Quinoa & Adjuki Bean Burger with Sweet Potato

Author: Traffic Light Cook
These quinoa and adjuki bean burgers offer a hint of Mexican flavors, plenty of fiber, and benefits of vitamin A-loaded sweet potatoes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Global
Servings 4
Calories 240 kcal


  • 1/2 cup quinoa (dry) (white variety, can sub with equal amount millet)
  • 1/2 cup adjuki beans (dry) (can sub with equal about dry red kidney beans or 1 cup canned)
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 5 tsp avocado oil (divided 1tsp+4 tsp)
  • 1 medium onion (~ 1 cup, roughly chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (roughly minced)
  • 8 oz sweet potato (~1 medium, baked and peeled)
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded and roughly chopped, or to taste)
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder (or to taste, can sub with red chili powder)
  • 1 tsp homemade roasted ground cumin (or sub with store-bought cumin powder)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or sub with white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal* ( can sub with equal amount ground chia seeds)
  • 1-1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (~1/2 lime)
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest (~1/2 lime, use the same lime before juicing, optional)


Cook the Quinoa**

  • Rinse quinoa under running water (or pre-soak for at least 1 hour) and add with 1 cup of water to a heavy-bottom pan with 1/8 tsp salt. Cook over medium heat. (About 15 minutes). 

Cook the Adjuki Beans

  • Soak adjuki beans overnight and rinse before adding to a pan with water and 1/8 tsp salt. Cook till soft, but still hold their shape (about 35 minutes.)

Make the burgers

  • Cook the chopped onions and garlic over medium heat till the onion is translucent and cooked through (do this step while quinoa and beans are cooking). This step is optional. You can skip this step and add raw onion and garlic to the burger mix when processing. 
  • Add cooked quinoa, adjuki beans, cooked onions with  rest of the ingredients to a food processor and process till well mixed. 
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and press into burger shape. 
  • To cook, heat (not smoke)1/2 tsp of oil on an iron skillet and add the burger patty. Cook about 2-3 minutes each side over medium heat. Serve with your favorite burger bun or over a bed of salad. ENJOY!


*ground flax seeds, preferably freshly ground. 
**you can get the quinoa recipe HERE
Make it heart-healthy
  • Reduce salt to 1 tsp. It still tastes pretty good. 
  • I have not tried it yet, but try baking burger patties at 350°F for about 25 minutes to bake instead of cooking with oil. 


Serving: 2pattiesCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSodium: 194mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 8300IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2.7mg
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