Easy Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burgers are a healthy and meat-free alternative for your grill this summer! These easy black bean burgers are SO easy to make, and they have a lot of great flavor into one little patty. You’ll have people begging for the recipe!

easy black bean burgers

How to Make Black Bean Burgers

Meat is expensive, right? But, I’m not a vegetarian, so we make due and try and buy meat when it’s on sale. However, I recently saw some recipes for a black bean burger, and I decided to try and make one up myself. I didn’t have high hopes — the last recipe I made that substituted black beans for meat was probably the nastiest thing I’ve ever eaten (yes, being a little over dramatic here).

That was not the case with this! I couldn’t even tell that it was made from black beans — the flavors and the texture were perfect, and I felt like I was eating an actual hamburger! Not only that, but it felt SO much healthier! It didn’t make me feel overly-full, and dare I say it, this has become one of my favorite recipes to make.
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Substituting beans in a recipe for meat, if done right, can be a great way to save on money. Obviously, you’ve got to use the right ingredients to help it reach the same deliciousness that meat brings to dishes (unless you don’t like meat…then you might prefer black beans!) I topped these burgers with some fresh guacamole, some sweet chili sauce, and lettuce, and they were perfect!
I’ve also made this for many different people, and they’ve all really liked them. If you are wondering how to make a black burger, this recipe is the perfect starting point for you. As someone who enjoys meat, I can give this two thumbs up and five stars. It is perfect of your upcoming BBQ!
Other recipes for your next BBQ:

Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Easy Black Bean Burgers
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  • Easy Black Bean Burgers
  • makes 6 burgers
  • 3 cups black beans
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red or green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (may need a little more)
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  1. In a food processor, add red onion, pepper, and garlic, and pulse several times.
  2. In a bowl, mash the black beans, and then add in the vegetable mixture, and mix with hands until well-combined.
  3. Add cumin, chili powder, eggs, and bread crumbs, and mix until mixture can be formed into patties.
  4. Lay out a piece of aluminum foil and lightly grease with olive oil.
  5. Form patties and place on aluminum foil.
  6. If cooking on grill, grill about 8-10 minutes on each side.
  7. If cooking in the oven, bake for about 10 minutes on a cookie sheet.

originally published on April 18th, 2013. Updated May 2018. 


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  • You never specified if the ingredients were cooked before hand or not. I soaked my beans over night, and during the day, but when the time came to mash them, they were still too firm. I think it would be good to edit this post to specify whether or not your ingredients are raw or cooked, or come from fresh or a can.
  • I have been meaning to comment again and tell you how much I love these burgers. I'm definitely a meat and potatoes kind of girl, so I was skeptical. But, I love them and so does the whole family. Making them for dinner tonight.
    • I'm so glad you love these, Brenna! I'm definitely the same way -- usually, the more meat, the better (haha.) But I really enjoy them. I think you might like the new version I have, with sweet potatoes. Glad your whole family enjoys these though (Jack is not a big fan)
    • this is a wonderful bean burger recipe!! My husband likes it too. He wasn't going to try them at first because he ate the store bought ones and didn't like them. We ate them with feta cheese and mayo on a sandwich. The dog even had a bite and thought they were delicious!!
  • I have been trying to get up the nerve to try these for a while. I struggle with the same thing, love of meat and a grocery budget. :) can't wait to try this recipe.
  • Aww! Black bean veggie burgers were the first vegetarian recipe I attempted, so they have a special place in my heart. Plus, the hubby loves them! Glad you enjoyed them too!

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