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Black Bean Quinoa Burger with Activated Charcoal Bun

Packed with minerals, fiber and protein, this easy black bean and sweet potato burger makes a satiating meal, while the activated charcoal bun ensures your digestion will go smooth and your body will absorb all the valuable nutrients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 patties
Author: The Awesome Green


  • For the patties
  • 1 can cooked black beans about 1 cup, drained
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 sweet potato peeled and grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • For the black bun
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1/2 cup warm almond milk
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Nigella seeds to decorate
  • To assemble the burger: roasted sweet potato fries Dijon mustard, cucumber ribbons, fresh greens, sliced radishes
  • *the nutritional values are for the patties only


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/392F.
  • In a medium bowl mix the flour with charcoal, salt and baking soda.
  • Gradually add the warm almond milk, mixing to obtain a thick batter.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly scoop the batter to obtain two round buns.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle the Nigella seeds on top and bake for 20 mins.
  • Remove from the oven and keep in a warm place, covered with a clean towel.
  • While the buns are in the oven, prepare the patties.
  • Add the black beans into a large bowl and crush them with a fork to obtain a chunky mixture.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine (I used my hands to mix everything well).
  • Shape the mixture into little patties and line them on the baking sheet.
  • Lower the oven heat to 175C/346F.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then flip over and cook 10 minutes more.
  • Remove from the oven, assemble the burger and serve warm.