pinto quinoa burgerLeisurely run, lazy delicious breakfast, taking time over coffee, reading, movies, cooking, walking, a sneaky massage, eating and just general relaxation………yep, my perfect weekend. The simple things are the best, like peace, quiet and down time. This includes taking time over lunch with a pinto quinoa burger, cos let’s face it this isn’t gonna happen for a mid-week day time meal and right now there’s no chance of grabbing one of these bad boys in my local fast food joint. Not yet. pinto quinoa burger

Weekend lunches are always infinitely better, much longer, more social and just generally extra yummy. Come on, who has the time to make a burger like this for a weekday lunch? There’s an idea – let’s make triple next time, freeze them and hey presto- a delicious dirty mid week lunch. Yes thank you.pinto quinoa burger

This is one big dirty, eye-crossing pinto quinoa burger and believe it or not, it’s OK to pick up and eat, really. The addition of cashew cream and chipotle sauce takes this stack of deliciousness to a whole new level. Delicious and finger lickin’ messy. I told you it’s dirty. But I like dirty. pinto quinoa burger

D’ya know what else is great? Plant based burgers like this pinto quinoa gem are never bad for you, always packed full of goodness and dripping with health. There’s no way you can make a plant powered burger unhealthy, it  really is very hard to do. This pinto and quinoa burger is high in protein and fibre rich, it contains zero saturated fats, no sugar whatsoever, is low in sodium, great for blood sugar regulation and immensely satisfying. Feel good food is what this is. pinto quinoa burger

I’ve long been a veggie burger obsessive and am always looking for new ways to jazz them up but sometimes you just wanna plain, straight up, no frills ‘go to’ burger and this one ticks my boxes. A crunchy outside texture, creamy and mushy inside and an unbeatable mexican smokey flavour. Definitely one of my favourites so far. Luckily, there’s no such thing as too many burgers so I’ll keep going with the veggie burger trials cos a decent burger is hard to beat.pinto quinoa burger

I reckon these are at their best with some lovely salad, a sauce or dressing that makes you smile and a delicious gluten free bun like these quinoa rolls from Waitrose.

pinto quinoa burger

Oh, don’t eat this in front of somebody you are trying to impress….just take my word for it. You’re welcome.

What’s your ideal weekend?pinto quinoa burger

Pinto Quinoa Burger

(serves 2)

1 can pinto beans, drained (1 can=240 grams)
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax + 3 of water)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
small handful coriander, chopped finely
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons oat flour (sub with any flour)
salt + pepper to taste

2 burger buns + tomatoes, lettuce, onion, cashew cream, chipotle sauce or whatever your heart desires


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC. Add beans to a bowl + mash with a fork so that some beans are still visible. You can use a food processor too, but I find crushing with a fork allows greater control over texture.
  2. Once mashed down, add the remaining burger ingredients + combine fully to form a large burger dough.
  3. Divide the mixture into 4 + form into burger patties. Place on a greased baking tray + bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Slice buns, add burgers + dress to the nines with salad, pickles + cheese.


14 Comments on Pinto Quinoa Burger (GF + Vegan)

  1. Dearna @tohercore
    November 19, 2013 at 4:47 am (3 years ago)

    Ooh, these look good! Im always after new veggie burger recipes too 🙂 Do they hold up okay after being baked?

  2. admin
    November 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! They hold up really well when baked, which make them my fav! 😉

  3. Dearna @tohercore
    November 20, 2013 at 5:50 am (3 years ago)

    Great news 🙂 These are on my “to cook” list now, thanks 🙂

  4. Dearna @tohercore
    December 3, 2013 at 9:23 am (3 years ago)

    Just letting you know that I made these the other day and they turned out so well. I adapted them a little, but used yours as a guide and they were delicious! And they held up really well when baked or grilled – perfect! 🙂

    • admin
      December 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm (3 years ago)

      So glad you liked them. Thanks so much for letting me know, too sweet 😉

  5. deb
    December 8, 2013 at 11:02 am (3 years ago)


  6. Stufz
    January 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It seems like a very delicious vegan burger recipe. Nice post.

  7. olivia
    May 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Can i use kidney beans instead

    • admin
      May 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Olivia! Kidney beans will work just fine. Enjoy! 🙂

  8. Candied Nuts
    June 9, 2014 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    This burger is delectable and looks healthy. nice post

    • Russell
      June 9, 2014 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much! Have a look about on the blog at our other burgers… 🙂

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    • Russell
      October 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks keukenwerkblad for the comment, please feel free to have a look around the blog and let us know what you think?! 😉

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