Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Whipped Feta

by Kelli on June 19, 2013

Packed with fresh veggies & black beans, these Quinoa Veggie Burgers shape up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.

These veggie burgers have been sitting in the back of my mind for months!  Months!  I started making a mental list of all the ingredients that would produce the perfect veggie burger.  Then, I’d get distracted and forget all about them….only to have them pop back into my mind at totally inconvenient times, like during my Monday morning meeting at work.

Packed with fresh veggies & black beans, these Quinoa Veggie Burgers shape up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.

The fine folks at Udi’s Gluten Free are responsible for finally making these burgers happen (thank you!).  They reached out to me a couple weeks ago to see if I’d be interested in sampling their perfect-for-bbq-season hamburger buns and hot dog rolls.  My very first thought was – yes!  these buns will be perfect for my veggie burgers!

Imagine my excitement when a massive box found its way to my doorstep filled, not just with buns, but a sampling of Udi’s full product line up!  We’re talking rolls, buns, bread (I’m totally into the millet chia!), cookies, brownie bites (to.die.for.), muffins, tortillas, flatbread.

Here’s the deal, I don’t follow a gluten free diet but I know a lot of people that do, and I’m sure there are a lot of readers that are gluten-free.  I love developing recipes for my gluten free friends and when I have the chance I love sampling the gluten free products they’re into.

Packed with fresh veggies & black beans, these Quinoa Veggie Burgers shape up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.

There are 3 crucial components to great veggie burger

(1) It must be full of fresh vegetables (bonus points for lots of color!)  A great veggie burger is packed with fresh vegetables, whole grains and more fresh vegetables!  No one wants to eat a veggie burger that’s all filler and no veggie…it totally misses the point.

(2) It must be full of flavor!  Please don’t confuse no meat with no flavor.  Go crazy with fresh herbs and spices!

(3) It must stay together until the very last bite!  There’s nothing more disappointing than a burger crumbles to pieces after the first bite, or worse, while it’s still cooking.

Packed with fresh veggies & black beans, these Quinoa Veggie Burgers shape up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.

I love adding quinoa to anything and everything, so it’s no surprise that the base of this burger combines cooked quinoa (I love using tri-color quinoa) and mashed black beans.  Freshness and flavor come from a colorful mix of lightly sauteed shallot, red pepper, sweet summer corn, carrot and chopped cilantro.  This veggie burger shapes up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.

Packed with fresh veggies & black beans, these Quinoa Veggie Burgers shape up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.

And, like any good burger, you can’t forget the toppings and toasted buns!  My absolute favorite topping for this burger (aside from my standard leafy green, sliced tomato and avocado) is whipped feta.  Holy cow!  Have you tried it yet?  It’s even more sensational than it sounds, and sends this burger over the top.

I had a hard time deciding whether to have my burger on an Udi’s Classic Hamburger Bun or a hearty Whole Grain Bun.  Simple solution….I had one of each!  If I bit into these buns without knowing they’re gluten free, I would have never been the wiser.  These buns are thick, soft, super bread-y and hearty enough to stand up to the meatiest of burgers.

Packed with fresh veggies & black beans, these Quinoa Veggie Burgers shape up to be a meaty, nutritious protein-packed patty, that stays together until the last bite.


Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Whipped Feta

Yield: Makes 4-6 burgers


    For Burgers
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 medium ear corn, shucked
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fine cornmeal
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Whipped Feta
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled and at room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Optional Toppings
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Sliced Avocado


For the Burgers

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic, sweat until fragrant and soft, without obtaining any color, about 3-5 minutes. Mix in pepper, corn and carrot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and cook for another 3 minutes.

Reserve 1/2 cup of the black beans. Add the remaining black beans to a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add the sauteed vegetables, quinoa, reserved black beans and cilantro. Mix to fully combine. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper, as necessary.

Stir in the eggs and cornmeal.

Form the mixture into patties. Place on a plate or baking sheet and refrigerate for t least 30 minutes (this helps the patties stay together during cooking).

Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties to the pan, without crowding & working in batches if necessary, and cook 7-10 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip and cook another 7-10 minutes on the other side.

For the Whipped Feta

Add crumbled feta to a food processor and pulse until small crumbs remain. Add in cream cheese and puree for 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides when necessary, until feta is super creamy.

To Assemble

Place burgers on your favorite buns. Spread a healthy portion of whipped feta on top of the burger and add your favorite toppings!


Whipped Feta from How Sweet It Is



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Disclaimer: I was given an assortment of Udi’s Gluten Free products for review.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  All opinions are of my own. 


{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan June 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Whoa! These sound incredible and I LOVE the whipped feta! YUM!


Kelli June 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Slightly addicted to whipped feta….soooo good!


Julia June 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

These quinoa veggie burgers look delicious! I haven’t added quinoa to my burgers but it is a great idea! I love the whipped feta!


Kelli June 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Thanks so much, Julia! There isn’t much I haven’t added quinoa to :)


Julia June 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I love your veggie burger rules. Your quinoa burgers look phenomenal and I can’t wait to try udi’s gf buns!


Kelli June 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Thanks so much, Julia! I’m a huge fan of these buns & really digging the millet chia bread!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain June 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Seriously, you have no idea how excited I am to make these bad boys!! #jazzhands


kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies June 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

That whipped feta sounds like an incredible idea! And you’re totally right about packing in veggies into a veggie burger, no one wants a rice burger, right?


Diana August 30, 2013 at 1:35 AM

This is exactly what I was looking for! Going to sub some of the veggies with what I have on hand in the fridge right now but should come out pretty awesome. Now I have a question, would be possible to freeze any leftover patties? Since I’m usually the only one in my household who devours these like no one’s business! Lol.


Kelli August 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

These burgers freeze great, Diana! I froze mine in a Gladware freezer container & separated the patties with wax paper.


Veronika September 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Great recipe! Made these today ( without the feta though) I loved them My husband who hates beans enjoyed them. Both my boys ate it without picking at it. Very happy with these!


Kelli October 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Hooray! So glad these burgers were such a hit with your family, Veronika! I especially love that your kids were so into them.


Kim October 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

You don’t mention weather or not to rinse the beans?


Kelli October 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Great question, Kim! I rinse the beans. Updating the recipe now!


Dawn March 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I love the sounds of this and it looks incredible!!….I would have loved if you had nutrition facts to put with it. I am definatly going to make these!!


Kelli March 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Thanks so much, Dawn! Enjoy!


Marsha March 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Could all these ingredients except eggs be put in a food processor? Then stir in egg & make into patties to cook?


Kelli March 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

I haven’t used that method, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Enjoy, Marsha!


Justin March 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Ok, first guy to post a comment here…I must win some kind of prize, right? :) Can’t wait to try these out! Sound fantastic! One question – any ideas on how to keep the patties together with something other than the eggs, something vegan friendly?


Kelli March 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Glad all the ladies didn’t scare you away, Justin :) I haven’t tried this, so I can’t say for sure that it works, but I know chia can often work as a substitute for eggs. I’d love to hear how it works for you if your try it. Enjoy!


patti March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Can these be baked instead of pan fried?


Kelli March 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Great question, Patti. I usually prefer to sear the burgers because they hold together a little better, but you can certainly try baking them. I’d recommend cooking at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!


Linda March 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Can you grill these burgers?


Kelli March 4, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Great question, Linda. Unfortunately, I don’t think these burgers would grill very well.


Andrea July 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM

We actually grilled these and they were amazing!!


Kelli July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Hooray! So glad to hear that. Thanks, Andrea!


Tracy March 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I get so excited seeing all of the pretty pictures of recipes on websites. However, I get so frustrated with everyones comments like, “these look amazing, can’t wait to try them, i’m drooling”. I want result and taste based comments. Well here is one for all of you out there – these burgers ARE amazing! They have so much flavor, held up great (remember to put in the fridge) and the whipped feta – oh, la la. Can’t wait to make them AGAIN!


Kelli March 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I know exactly what you mean, Tracy! I totally feel the same way when I read comments on other blogs, it’s so helpful to hear from people who’ve made the recipe. Soooo, thank you!! And so glad you enjoyed the burgers!


Jane March 10, 2014 at 8:27 AM

These look amazing! Wondering if the cornmeal could be eliminated? I shared this recipe with my mom and she is taking corn out of her diet…


Kelli March 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Thank you, Jane! You can substitute the cornmeal for an equal amount of breadcrumbs.


Gurvy green March 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Yum! Pinned, will definitely make these! Thanks for sharing.


Kelli March 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Thanks so much…enjoy!!


meg March 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

SO GOOD! we made these last nite and they were a HIT w the whole family. even a 4 year old and 3 yr old! super yummy, filling while not being overly heavy. great chewable texture and flavor… and the cheese! why have we not thought of this before!?! so so good. only suggestion is that w sharing with wee ones, top w avocado, tomato, or thin the whipped feta w sour cream or something to help them go down. they are not dry by any stretch but a little hearty for the tots. thumbs up from the entire family! great job!


Kelli March 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Thanks for sharing, Meg, and glad you enjoyed these! I LOVE that your kids were into these burgers!


stephanie March 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I just made these and they came out absolutely amazing. My question is…I have three left that I have not cooked yet. By chance can I freeze them and if so, should I cook them first? If freezing them is out of the question, how long can I safely refrigerate?


Kelli March 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Yay, so glad you liked them, Stephanie!! You can definitely freeze these burgers (I have a bunch in my freezer right now!). I recommend cooking them first, and once they’re completely cool store in a freezer safe container, and separate the burgers with wax/parchment paper.


Lisa March 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

These are D-lish! I did , however find them a little dry…what could I add to make a bit more juicy next time? I also added two or three mushrooms, which may have soaked up what “juice” is in there from the veggies.


Kelli March 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Thanks, Lisa! I could be the mushrooms. You can try omitting them, or if you include them next time maybe use a little less cornmeal.


Dave March 30, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Thank you so much Kelli for the Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Whipped Feta recipe.
They turned out great,
God Bless


Kelli March 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

So glad you liked them, Dave!


Jaci May 8, 2015 at 2:56 PM

I’ve made these twice now, they are fun to make and even more fun to eat!! They re-heat in microwave well, next I’m going to try freezing them. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!


Kelli May 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Thank you, Jaci!


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