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Epic Black Bean Burger

These black bean burgers are the best we've ever tasted! Perfectly seasoned and not mushy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword black bean burgers, healthy burgers, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 653kcal
Cost $8


  • Food processor or blender


  • 2 14-ounce cans black beans 28-ounces total, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs see Notes
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 cups cotija cheese or feta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce


  • Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit
  • Spread beans out evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly dried. Remove beans from oven.
  • If cooking burgers in the oven (instead of the grill or stovetop), raise temperature to 375°F and let preheat.
  • Blend walnuts in food processor until semi-fine texture.
  • In large skillet over medium heat, sauté oil, onion, jalapeños, and garlic approximately 5 minutes or until onions and jalapeños are soft. Transfer sautéed ingredients to bowl and use paper towels to blot out excess oil.
  • Add all recipe ingredients (except black beans) to food processor bowl with walnuts. Blend until just combined. Add beans and blend again. Leave some chunks of beans for texture.
  • Form ⅓ cups of bean mixture into patties and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 10 minutes. Alternately, cook burgers in an oil-greased skillet for 10 minutes on each side.
  • Serve on brioche bun with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, spicy mayo, or whatever condiments you like.


  • Soaking raw beans: Rinse beans in colander over sink. Add to large bowl or pot and add water. Fill 2 inches above beans. Let sit 10-12 hours.
  • Make it Gluten-free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Recipe yields approximately 4 black bean burger patties. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 burger patty. Values do not include information for burger bun or any toppings. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands or types of ingredients used. 


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 2394mg | Potassium: 901mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 516mg | Iron: 6mg | Net Carbs: 39g