Classic Black Bean Veggie Burger

March 29, 2017

Classic Black Bean Veggie Burger

Today I have a little awesome recipe for you that I love very much.
I always had a place in my heart for black beans burgers. I can’t really explain it. I often sneak one off my vegetarian friend during barbecues. If a restaurant claims to have a great black bean burger (such as the New York Burger Co. or Smashburger), I’d order one.
For me the true test of a burger joint is whether they can make a solid black bean burger.
I mean, anyone can make a good beef burger, but a black bean burger? That’s a whole different story.

Classic Black Bean Veggie Burger

A black bean burger should be moist and meaty, it should hold together and form a good crust, packed with bean flavor and seasonings.
And this Classic Black Bean Veggie Burger all is of the above, and possibly beyond too.
Super simple to make, packed with flavor, and sure to be a hit at your next BBQ.
I bet you’re going to love it just as much as I do.

Classic Black Bean Veggie Burger                                                                                                      Print this recipe!

Makes 4 burgers

1 (16 oz / 453 gr) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ green bell pepper, roughly chopped
½ onion, cut into wedges
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder*
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
A couple of drops of Tabasco (adjust to taste)
½ cup breadcrumbs (I used Aleia's Gluten Free Panko Crumbs)

*chili powders vary from country to country, I recommend using one that is fairly mild


Place black beans in a large mixing bowl and mash them with a fork really well until thick and pasty.
Place bell pepper, onion, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add to the mashed black beans and stir to combine.
In a small bowl combine egg with chili powder, cumin, paprika, and Tabasco.
Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans, add breadcrumbs and mix until the mixture is sticky and holds together. If not, add more breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture comes together.
Divide mixture into four equal portions and shape into patties. Refrigerate until ready to use.
If grilling, preheat outdoor grill, lightly grease a sheet of aluminium foil, place patties on foil, and grill for about 8 minutes on each side.
If baking, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C), lightly grease a baking sheet, place patties on the baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes on each side.

Nutrition facts

One patty yields 155 calories, 2 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of protein.


  1. This sounds really, really good, and a great alternative to the meaty burgers my boyfriend always prefers.

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  2. I'm going to try this. I also think that it's the condiments that make the burger, not necessarily the beef. I've had tasty bean and even mushroom patty (Chef John's meatless meatballs can also be made into patties) and think it's the fixin's around it that make it tasty. I may not need beef...but I do need dill pickles and mustard! :-)

  3. I've been looking for a healthier burger replacement but everything came up short compared to beef until I tried these! Thanks so much for this recipe, they were absolutely delicious and full of flavor!