Gluten-Free Recipe: Healthy Bean Burgers

Written by mindbodygreen

I’m all about brain-healthy and waist-friendly living, but I love to eat delicious food too! These Healthy Brain Bean Burgers meet all my requirements. They taste great and are packed with ingredients that your brain loves: garlic, cayenne pepper, egg and whole, real food!


I suggest using organic ingredients when possible.

  • 1½ cups white quinoa, cooked
  • 1½ cups kidney beans, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (more if you like it hot!)
  • Sea salt or Himalayan pink salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook quinoa per package directions.

Dice onions and red pepper.

Beat egg in a small bowl. In a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, beans, bell pepper, onion, garlic, egg, flour and spices. Mix thoroughly. Add a little additional flour or a bit of water if needed. You want a consistency so that your burgers will stay formed.

Make 4 to 6 equal sized patties (depending on how big you want your burgers) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until fully cooked and golden brown. Enjoy!


Select beans with no added salt in a BPA-free can, or cook your own

Top your burger with fresh avocado, tomato and fresh vegetables of your choice

Try using bibb lettuce leaves instead of a bun

For more flavor, use low-sodium vegetable broth instead of water to cook quinoa

Add some additional spices that you like. Your brain loves spices such as turmeric, paprika and oregano because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

To make this recipe vegan, replace egg with a chia egg. You can make a chia egg by adding 1 tablespoon chia seeds to 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Set aside until it forms a gel-like consistency.

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