Black Bean Burgers


Makes 5-6 Patties • Photography by Casey Woods

Super easy

Black Bean Burgers


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 16 ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained and blotted dry with a paper towel
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle powder (can substitute chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, dried or fresh, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2/3 cup(s) plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup(s) grated cheddar or jack cheese (dairy or vegan), optional
  • 1/4 cup(s) corn kernels, optional
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for frying
  • burger buns (optional)
  • burger toppings (optional)

Black Bean Burgers Directions

  1. Mash the black beans with the back of a fork or a masher. (They can be slightly chunky.)
  2. Add the minced vegetables to the beans, then mix in the seasonings to combine.
  3. After seasoning to taste, add the beaten egg and combine. Stir in the bread crumbs and, if you’re using them, the cheese and corn. (At this step it may be easier to knead with clean hands.)
  4. Form into 5 to 6 patties, depending on the amount of add-ins you’ve included.
  5. If baking, place the patties on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes each side in a 375° oven. Flip once.
  6. Alternatively, the patties can be cooked in a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat — approximately 5 minutes each side. Flip once.
  7. Serve on buns with the usual burger toppings.

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