¾ cups             Cooked Black Beans, cooled and drained

or 1 -15 ounce can, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon   ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons  water

¼ cup               quinoa

½ cup               water

½ cup               bread crumbs (Panko Bread Crumbs)

¼ cup               minced yellow bell pepper

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 large clove   garlic, minced

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

½ teaspoon      salt

1 teaspoon      hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot®)

3 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil, or oil of your choice if you choose to fry.


  1. If you cooked your beans please make sure they are not warmer then room temperature. Chilled is fine as well.
  2. In a cup or small bowl mix the ground flaxseed and two tablespoons of water. Let this rest while working on other steps. This mixture will help bind the final mixture as an egg substitute.
  3. In a saucepan bring the ½ cup of water and quinoa to a boil. Stir, then reduce to simmer and cover tightly with a lid for 15 – 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed.
  4. In a bowl mash black beans roughly with a fork.
  5. Mince the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. I put these in the food processor together.
  6. Mix mashed beans, cooked quinoa, and minced bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a bowl.
  7. Stir in cumin, salt and ground flaxseed.
  8. At this point I add the hot sauce. One teaspoon of hot sauce will provide a bit of flavor. More hot sauce can be added for a bit more spiciness. I tend to add some hot sauce and stir then taste the mix. I will repeat this until it is seasoned to taste.
  9. Add in the bread crumbs. Most bread is made with eggs so if you would like this vegan I suggest Panko or some other vegan bread crumbs.
    1. If you stir your mix and it seems too wet to form a patty then add a bit more bread crumbs. If you add too many and it is too dry it also won’t stick together well. In this case sprinkle a bit of water to moisten. Be careful with the bread crumbs because adding to many will dull the flavor.
    2. Please note that Panko Bread Crumbs tend to be vegan but this can vary based on the brand so please read over the ingredients.
  10. Form patties with your hands.
  11. These patties can be cooked in several ways.
    1. Grill: Place patties on foil and cook about 8 minutes on each side.
    2. Pan fry: Fry in a skillet of about 3 tablespoons of hot oil until heated through. About 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
    3. Baked: Place patties on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake in oven heated to 375 degrees for about 10 minutes on each side.