Spicy Black Bean Burgers


Courtesy of the Natural Epicurean

Makes 6–8 patties

Black beans are a healthy, low-calorie, low-fat source of protein. Oats offer high amounts of fiber for better digestion and can help reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar.


Spicy Black Bean Burgers


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 zucchinis, rough-chopped
  • 2 carrots, rough-chopped
  • 30 ounces black beans, drained, rinsed, 1/3 cup beans reserved
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoons coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoons cayenne
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cups all-purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 cups corn

Spicy Black Bean Burgers Directions

  1. Over medium-high heat, sauté the onion in a cast-iron skillet in 1 tablespoon of the oil until soft and golden—about 7 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Place the zucchini in a food processor, pulse to a fine dice and remove to a bowl.
  3. Add the carrots to the food processor and pulse, then add the black beans (reserving 1/3 cup for later), jalapeños, garlic and all seasonings. Pulse until the mixture comes together.
  4. Add the oats, flour and corn and pulse until fully combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and combine with the zucchini and onions.
  6. Mash the remaining beans with a potato masher or fork, then combine the beans with the other ingredients by hand.
  7. Shape and form into 6 to 8 patties.
  8. Heat another tablespoon of oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  9. Fry the patties for 5 to 7 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until both sides have a nice crust.

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