Black Bean Burgers

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The best black bean burger recipe made with simple ingredients. An easy meatless burger that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

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This black bean burger recipe is an answer to all of your bland veggie burger problems.

If you’ve ever had a less than delicious veggie burger, you know how difficult it can be to find recipes that are not only meatless, but actually taste good.

These black bean burgers are so tasty, and the best part is that they are made with easy pantry ingredients.

You don’t need any fancy ingredients or cooking methods to make these burgers taste delicious!

Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more meatless meals into your life, these burgers are a great place to start!

ingredients to make homemade black bean burgers

Ingredients in a black bean burger

  • black beans
  • onion
  • garlic
  • egg
  • panko style bread crumbs
  • oat flour
  • powdered parmesan
  • spices

How to make black bean burgers 

Step 1: Add the drained black beans, garlic cloves, and chopped onion to a food processor.

Process until the garlic and onion are combined, and the mixture looks like refried beans.

You want to make sure that there are no big chunks of onion or garlic remaining.

Step 2: Use a rubber spatula to remove the bean mixture from the food processor and into a large mixing bowl.

To the mixing bowl, add your remaining ingredients:

1 egg, panko style bread crumbs, oat flour, powdered parmesan, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder.

If you do not have oat flour, simply place regular rolled oats into your food processor or high speed blender and grind them up into flour.

What holds black bean burgers together?

A combination of oat flour (ground up rolled oats) and bread crumbs are perfect for holding the burgers together.

When paired with our binder (the egg), these bean burgers form a great shape and don’t fall apart!

Step 3: Mix the ingredients together until combined.

Use your hands to shape the batter into 6 black bean burgers, then place onto parchment paper or a plate so that they are ready to cook.

For a thicker burger, you can make 5 burgers instead of 6.

black bean burgers on parchment paper

Step 4: Heat a skillet with olive oil, then place your black bean burgers in it.

Cook on each side for 5 – 8 minutes, until browned and crispy on both sides.

Use a spatula to flatten the burgers into the pan for optimal crisp.

These burgers are the perfect texture, and don’t fall apart, which is a big problem with a lot of veggie burgers.

cooked black bean burgers

These are seriously the best black bean burgers I have ever had!

I have also eaten them on a salad for protein, with or without a bun they are delicious.

cooked black bean burgers

Toppings for a black bean burger

  • cheese
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • mayo
  • ketchup
  • lettuce
  • onion

Or add whatever you want!

I used regular mayo on mine, but chipotle mayo would be delicious as well.

black bean burger on a bun with pickles, tomato, lettuce, and red onion

What to serve with your black bean burgers

Here are a few ideas of sides that would pair well with these burgers:

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4.62 from 52 votes

Best Black Bean Burger

By: Joy Shull
The best black bean burger recipe made with simple ingredients. An easy meatless dinner recipe!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko style bread crumbs
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup powdered parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions 

  • Drain and rinse the black beans, shaking off any extra water
  • Add the black beans, diced onion, and garlic cloves to a food processor
  • Process until the onions and garlic are combined into the beans and no chunks remain. The mixture should resemble refried beans
  • Transfer the black bean mixture to a large bowl. Add the egg, bread crumbs, oat flour, parmesan, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder.
  • Mix well to combine
  • Form the black bean batter into 6 burgers. If you want a thicker burger, you can make 5 instead of 6.
  • Coat a skillet with olive oil, and heat to medium heat
  • Cook the burgers for 5 – 8 minutes per side, until browned on both sides
  • Serve with toppings of choice

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Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 414mg, Potassium: 370mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 282IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 3mg
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    1. I just pulse some old fashioned oats into flour. You can do it in the food processor before you puree the black beans.

  1. I don’t want to buy oat flower, simply for this recipe. Can I use oatmeal and process it in my food processor until it is like flour?

    1. Yes! Just use rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats) and blend them into flour, that is all oat flour is.

  2. Can I freeze the black bean burgers and then cook them later? Or cook them, then freeze and then reheat in the skillet?

      1. Make, fry, freeze, bake. I’m single, so I make these ahead of time, pop them in the freezer, remove and store in a ziploc bag, and take them out as needed. Bake at 300°-350° flipping over midway. I add cheese to mine towards the end.

    1. @Rachel, YES! They freeze wonderfully. Just put on parchment paper to separate or freeze individually, which is what I do and take them out as needed.