White Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Avocado

These burgers get protein from quinoa and beans without falling short on flavor. In fact, they’ll be your new weeknight staple and perfect for Meatless Mondays. Consider making a double batch so there’s extra to freeze. On a busy night, just remove them from the freezer and thaw them.

Nutrition Facts

White Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Avocado


343 Per Serving


12g Per Serving


12g Per Serving
Calories 343
Total Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
Cholesterol 37 mg
Sodium 427 mg
Total Carbohydrate 52 g
Dietary Fiber 12 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 12 g

Dietary Exchanges
3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 2 fat


Servings  5   Serving Size   1 burger

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 can no-salt-added cannellini beans (rinsed, drained)
  • 1 medium avocado, halved and pitted, and 1/2 medium avocado, cut into 5 slices, divided use
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika OR
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha sauce or other hot chile sauce
  • 5 whole-wheat hamburger buns (lowest sodium available)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (sliced)
  • 10 lettuce leaves
  • 10 slices red onion (optional)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Put the beans in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, mash them well. Add one half of the whole avocado. Mash well. Add the egg, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and pepper, stirring well to combine.
  3. Dice the remaining half of the whole avocado. Gently fold it and the quinoa into the bean mixture.
  4. Using your hands, form the bean mixture into 5 patties. Place the patties on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.
  6. Toast the buns.
  7. Place the burger patties on the bottom buns. Spread the patties with the sriracha mayo. Top with, in order, the tomato slices, lettuce, onion slices, and the remaining avocado slices. Put the top buns on the burgers.

Cooking Tip: One cup of uncooked quinoa will make 4 cups of cooked quinoa. Use the remaining 3 cups of cooked quinoa for a side dish or freeze it in 1-cup portions to use when you make this recipe again.

Keep it Healthy: Try to have a meatless meal at least once a week. It’s not only easier on the wallet, it’s also healthier.

Tip: In a hurry? You can cook these quinoa burgers on the stovetop. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons canola or corn oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until browned. (The burgers tend to be more fragile when cooked on the stovetop, so baking them is preferred.)