Recipe: Black Bean and Quinoa Meatless Balls

Snack and Appetizer Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Going meatless doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. My family loves black bean burgers so I whipped up the base for my black bean burger recipe and created these Black Bean and Quinoa meatless balls. These little babies don’t last long, they are so delicious! I pan fry the balls in extra virgin olive oil and they get a nice brown crust on them like a meatball. These easy -to-make meatless balls have a nice kick from the jalapeño pepper but feel free to leave it out if you don’t like spicy foods. I serve these balls with an easy Greek Yogurt & mint dipping sauce, but you could use fresh salsa, sour cream, or any sauce of your choice.

Black Bean Quinoa Balls getting nice and crispy.

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 serving(s)


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (any variety follow the directions on the package)
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 jalapeño with seeds (leave out if you don't like spice)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or 1 tablespoon cilantro paste
  • For Yogurt Dipping Sauce
  • 1 small container plain Greek yogurt
  • 5 fresh mint leaves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Rince and cook 1/2 cup dry quinoa according to the directions on the package. It will yield 1 cup cooked quinoa.
  2. In food processor add green pepper, red onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, and salt/pepper. Blend until all ingredients are chopped.
  3. Add in black beans, parmesan cheese, and pulse a few times to mix.
  4. Add in cracked egg, bread crumbs, and quinoa. Mix with a spoon or spatula.
  5. Add olive oil to pan and heat on medium. you can either spoon in balls, or make them with your hands. I think using the spoon is best.
  6. Fry approximately 8 minutes per side. You will need to turn the balls a few times so they brown all around.
  7. Add Yogurt dipping sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl and serve on the side for dipping, or serve with fresh salsa or dipping sauce of your choice.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

serving size 3 balls, 322 calories, 14 grams protein, 12 grams of fat, 49 carbs, 8 grams fiber Greek Yogurt dipping sauce has 133 calories, 21 grams protein, 10 grams of carbs total. yields 4 servings, so 33 calories, 5 grams protein, 8 carbs per serving.

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What do you do with the yogurt?

    on Reply

    Hi Sandy! The yogurt, mint, and seasonings make a simple dipping sauce you can serve on the side or you can use fresh salsa too!

on Reply

Our apologies Kris! Yes, breadcrumbs were listed under ingredients, but omitted in the directions. So sorry we have corrected this error and fixed the recipe. Hope you will give them another shot, they are yummy.

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Fail, they fall apart. Should breadcrumbs heen added?

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