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Spicy Quinoa Veggie Burger Recipe

You'll Never Buy Another Frozen Veggie Burger After Trying This Recipe

If you're trying to save on calories, fat, and cholesterol, then veggie burgers are the way to go. Since most of the ones you find in the freezer section tend to be pretty flavorless, whip up this recipe that will knock your veggie-burger-lovin' socks off.

Completely vegan and easier to make than you think, they're flavored with baked sweet potato, cumin, and fresh parsley. Just whip up the mixture, heat up the patties, and they're ready to serve to impress your vegetarian and meat-eating friends alike.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger


  1. 1 small sweet potato, baked
  2. 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  3. 1/4 cup dry barley
  4. 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  5. 2 tablespoons parsley
  6. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  10. 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  11. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  12. 1 1/2 fresh red peppers


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake the sweet potato for 45-60 minutes or until soft.
  2. While the sweet potato is baking, cook the quinoa and barley in separate pots until soft, about 30-60 minutes (barley takes a little longer).
  3. Remove the stem and seeds from the red peppers. Cut the whole pepper in quarters and the half a pepper in half, and roast all six pieces in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once the sweet potato is baked and cooled, combine garbanzo beans, sweet potato, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, flour, and one tablespoon oil in a food processor.
  5. Allow the grains to cool, and then in a separate bowl, mix the bean mixture with the quinoa and barley.
  6. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Place heaping spoonfuls of the mixture onto the hot pan, and use the back of the spoon to pat them flat and form four-inch diameter patties. Brown both sides of each burger. Serve on a bun with one piece of the roasted pepper, sliced into thirds.

Nutritional information is for one patty served with a slice of roasted pepper.

Source: Calorie Count


Calories per serving

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elleselauner elleselauner 2 years

This looks incredible! I will have to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing such a yummy tip!

xo, ellese

Kathryn186 Kathryn186 3 years

Does anyone know how these freeze and reheat?

Jazmine14886959 Jazmine14886959 3 years
I am completely surprised at how GOOD this was. I only made it because I had all the ingredients already and just figured I would try it. Man I devoured it. I added garlic, scallions, and jalapenos instead of red pepper. I didn't have barley so i used more quinoa. I will make this again real soon.
tarall10 tarall10 7 years
And and yes, we grilled them - and it worked fine. One more comment about anon's tirade about my not knowing what heat is - I admittedly have never eaten "New Mexican" food, but I do love thai and indian, which is very spicy, and also very delicious. I can't believe how someone can draw so many conclusions from a post warning people that it's a lot of cayenne....
tarall10 tarall10 7 years
Heh, I should probably clarify - My friends who said it was too hot were Indians, not wimpy Americans. I was told after by my boyfriend that there weren't actually that bad - he thought that they were very close to being delicious. I have a tendency to use more cayenne than the recipe recommends, so I probably did a heaping teaspoon full, but I'll still cut back a bit. AND I'm not wimpy when it comes to heat - I just like to taste everything else that comes along with it. I also have not eaten at a McDonald's for years, so that is actually hugely insulting to me.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I used a small sweet potato and they still turned out really, really soft. I'll try cooking the quinoa and barely in less water next time :) Thanks for the tip. I really wish mine had turned out as good as the one in the picture above. I was expecting a more "meaty" burger.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Oh yeah, and I baked them on an oiled cookie sheet, maybe that had something to do with it. They tasted great baked, I thought.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
That comment #11 is insane! Wow! Anyway... my four year old doesn't like spices or pepper at all, so when I made them just last week I cook the barley and quinoa in one part water and one part all natural veggie broth. They turned out flavorful but not spicy at all! Mine were a little moist on the inside too, dana. I think I used too large of a sweet potato and it kept it too soft, but maybe if you cook the barley and quinoa in a little less water, then it will absorb some of the moisture from the burger. That's what I plan on doing next time I make them.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I had spicy seitan buffalo "wings" yesterday. They were a bit too spicy for my taste, but they were gooooooood. My bf and I joked that our friend from France would think we were crazy for eating them :P *nods*
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Exactly. And you can order things to be more spicy. I love spicy foods... for example, when ordering a bloody mary I always say "I'd like a bloody mary, spicy." There is no need to be rude (and not even own up to it).
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Agree! I hate when people have the "my way is the right way" attitude. I also don't understand how burning your tongue to a point where you can't even taste something is fun. Or eating spicy food to a point where you have diarrhea is enjoyable. Some people are more sensitive than others. You want super spicy food? Cook it yourself or search for a location that carries it, don't pick on those who are creating the demand for a product and spending their money.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
I agree danakscully, I would love for Anonymous posts to be banned. I love spicy foods, but I know plenty of people who don't and there was no need for that response whatsoever.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Have you noticed that the attack posts are always done Anonymously? I'm all for banning Anon posts, people misuse it. I love spicy food, but 1 tsp of cayenne (at least the kind I buy) would have my stomach growling for a week.
erinlacey erinlacey 7 years
This is an amazing recipe! I took the suggestion of cutting down on the cayenne, but I don't think I'll do that next time I make it. I served them with provolone cheese, red onions, tsatsiki sauce that I bought from whole foods and ezekiel buns. I also made sweet potato fries. YUM!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
My patties were really wet, is that normal? They tasted pretty good. :)
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Thanks for the tip, tarall! I will probably scale it down to 1/4 tsp. Every time a recipe calls for a lot of cayenne, I cut back, I can't handle heat. I once had a soup that called for 1/2 tsp for 6 servings... my stomach hurt for 4 days straight, wouldn't stop making noises. I wonder if this was a typo or if the person who came up with the recipe used a more mild cayenne pepper. Can these be barbecued?
tarall10 tarall10 7 years
I'm not sure if this will be helpful to anyone or not, but I made these this weekend, and I strongly advise against putting in a full teaspoon on cayenne pepper, unless you want your mouth to go numb. I couldn't eat them, and my friends (who are heat loving fools) nicely choked them down, but were honest in their assessment that they were way too spicy, and that they recommend using no more than 1/4, or if you are a glutton for heat punishment, a 1/3 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. It was really too bad, because they may have been good, if I could have actually tasted anything but burn.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
This looks so yummy, thank you!
pandacn pandacn 7 years
Wow, that looks amaazing!!! But do you think it would taste the same without the barley? I'm allergic to barley :) I'm totally in the mood for a veggie burger now, even though it's morning where I am!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Whoa, that looks awesome. If I have time to make it before I move, I will :) I will make it at some point. I had a really bad experience with homemade veggie burgers and I've been afraid ever since, this recipe sounds promising.
Advah Advah 7 years
I LOVE YOU FIT. It's so difficult finding veggie burgers, thank you so much!!
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