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Yesterday was all about my past 4th Of July favorites, but this week is all about some new ones.

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Well, at least today is.

To be honest, choosing my 4th of July menu is going to be so hard. There are too many recipes that I want to try out. Nothing old, always something new!

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

I am still in shock that tomorrow is the first of July. I am both excited and sad at the same time. Excited because I have fun stuff going on this month. Things like the barn hopefully starting to look more like my new home, a trip to Seattle and um…. eating as much mouth-watering, delicious, summery foods that I possibly can. Because that is what I do in the summer. I am addicted to all the fresh produce. I just cannot get enough! Sad because I don’t want summer to end!

I will also be taking over this month as full-time care giver to the now adolescent chicks (yeah my mom actually used that word when describing the chicks newest stage). Actually, I will have to assume my new duties not only for the entire month of July, but for half of August as well! My dad is normally my best bud… and dishwasher, but he’s out of here for a while, so the chicks are up to me … and my not so nearly as helpful brother.

I’m also going to be trying my hardest to design the barn to everything I could ever want it to be. It’s gonna be a busy month, but you know what I realized during my little Florida vacation last week?

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

I hate not having anything to do. I thought it would be amazing, but I was just plain antsy. The truth is I really like what I do and I like running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Sure little breaks are a HUGE must, and I need to try to do them more, but for the most part I really just like being busy and seeing things get done.

My dad has always said the more you have to do, the more you get done and it is so true.

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

Anyway, now that we know how my July is going to go, let’s talk about these burgers.

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

These are for all the vegetarians who still want to have fun and throw a delicious summer BBQ. Now – they are sort of healthy, but then I just had to add the cheese sauce. Oh the cheese sauce. This cheese sauce is worth the splurge. It’s kind of my new favorite burger topping. As are these crispy, baked to perfection, homemade curly fries. Holy crap. You guys. So flippin good. The curly fries alone are reason enough to buy yourself a vegetable spiralizer.

These fries were deemed “best ever” by some seriously tough critics, so you have to trust me on this one.

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

For some reason I really liked the idea of these burgers being heavy on the black beans… and blue cheese. Oops. No, no, no – the healthy stuff totally cancels out any of the bad stuff. It does. Really!

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

Plus, my dad and I have decided we prefer bean burgers to beef. I am not saying we can’t love a really good beef burger, but for the most part, we’ve realized we really like the bean burgers. They are so good every time. My mom the bean hater never knew there were beans in these burgers… until I told her… after she had exclaimed how awesome they were.

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

Again, the buffalo cheese sauce? Yeah, that is really what these burgers are all about. Even if cheese sauce is usually not your thing – try this one! I bet you will think differently. These burger are just a whole new kind of ball game. BBQ them up for the Fourth and you and your guests will see what I am talking about.

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 6 BURGERS
Calories Per Serving: 1140 kcal

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Fries (Or 1 bag frozen Curly Cut or Shoe String Fries)


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans mashed
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1/3-1/2 cup buffalo sauce * I used 1/2 cup
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + peper
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese optional
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 of your favorite burger buns toasted
  • sliced avocado crumbled blue cheese, chopped green onions, butter lettuce

Buffalo Cheese Sauce


  • In a bowl combine the quinoa, mashed black beans, egg, buffalo sauce, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Mix well to moisten the ingredients and then mix in the shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well again and form into 5-6 equal burger balls (I made 6). Stuff the blue cheese into the center of each ball and form the mixture around the blue cheese to make round patties. Cover and place in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Using a vegetable spiralizer, spiralize the potatoes into curly cut fries. Then cut the fries into smaller sections. You may also just slice the fires into very thin matchsticks if you do not have a spiralizer. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with oil, seasoned salt and pepper. Toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Spread onto two baking sheets in one layer. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then toss and roast for 15-20 minutes more. This may take longer depending on how thick your potatoes are spiralized or cut. Mine were very thin (which was SO GOOD), so they cooked quick. You want the potatoes to be deeply golden and crispy on the outside!
  • About 15 minutes before the the fries are done, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Grab the burgers and cook until golden and crisp, about five minutes per side. My burgers were not crumbly at all and very easy to flip. Keep warm.
  • To make the buffalo cheese sauce heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. Add milk, stir and turn down heat to low. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Add in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in hot sauce and seasoned salt and pepper. Taste and add more hot sauce if desired.
  • To assemble the burgers place some lettuce on each toasted burger bun bottom and then add the burger. Add a few avocado slices and then a handful of fries. Spoon the cheese sauce over the fries and sprinkle with blue cheese + green onions. Top with the burger bun. Start eating!


*To make your own buffalo sauce melt 1 stick (8 tablespoons) (you may use half olive oil or reduce the butter to 4 tablespoons) of unsalted butter. Add 1/2 cup of Franks red hot sauce, 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix well. *Adapted from my [Crispy Quinoa Burgers |] and my [Black Bean Mojo Burgers |].
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Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers |

Made even better if enjoy al fresco. Or at least I think so, but I love eating eating outside in the summertime!

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  1. Honestly. These are incredible, and the curly fries are out of control. I need a spiralizer yesterday.

  2. Well, I was coming to your page to find the recipe for the epic crispy quinoa burgers to make again, but came across these first, now I have to change my grocery list!! I am not a fan of blue cheese so I will sub another cheese for it, I was thinking goat? any suggestions? Can’t wait to dig into these!!

    1. Haha! Thanks so much! Hope you love these too!

      I think goat would be amazing! I love goat cheese and I think it works awesome with buffalo flavors. Great choice!

      1. Thanks! I am making them tonight, and am pumped! Another question for you, did you make your own hamburger buns? If so is the recipe on your blog? Thanks again!

        1. Hey Steph! Hope you loved these! I did not make these buns, but I have a few burger bun recipes on my site. You can find then here.
          Thanks again!

          1. Thank you so much! I made them last week, and they were SO SO EPIC! My niece literally licked her plate. She requested this as her last home cooked meal before she goes back to college in August. SO GOOD! While making them though I didn’t see where with the buffalo cheese sauce, to add the cream cheese? I just added it with the cheddar and it came out great! Next I’m making your French Fry Bourbon burger w. this black bean burger instead of beef. I just discovered your site a few weeks ago and I am completely obsessed! haha 🙂

  3. OH MY FREAKING GAAAAH!!! These look amazing. I just saw them on Pinterest and was like “I know that has to be Tieghan…” and it was! HA! Love love love.

  4. blown away by your creativity EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!!! this is seriously straight-up amazing 🙂

  5. Black bean burgers are my favorite. I love them more than any other burger. These look so good, I am actually salivating (and making an embarrassment of myself at work because of it!) Pinning to make this weekend!

  6. Question: Can I assemble the burgers and then freeze? It’s just me and the hubby. Can’t eat all at once. It would be handy to have these in the freezer along with my form-a-head beef burgers.

  7. When I first saw this photo I was thinking oh those look amazing but I am sure they are bad for you. How happy I am that they are made from scratch and are healthy! I just got a spiralizer in the mail today. Yay~ 🙂

  8. Sean would die a happy man if I bought a vegetable spiralizer and made curly fries on the regular…amazing! These look so good and I am always down for cheese sauce!

    I cannot wait to see the next barn update!

  9. Ahhhhh these burgers look SO ridiculously delicious!! Those fries alone are enough to make my stomach start to growl, but with all the other goodness crammed into that burger…geez. Can you open a restaurant please??