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Black Bean Burger Recipe

Go Meat-Free With Black Bean Burgers

A couple of weeks ago I catered a dinner for a group of hungry hikers. The crew spent a Saturday trekking the 14-mile round-trip up and down Mount Diablo and the meal was the shining light at the end of the walk. My sister, the leader, requested that I prepare a hearty yet meat-free vegetarian meal that included black beans. Always up to the challenge, I decided to make black bean burgers. After scouring the web for an exciting recipe, I chose this Mexican-inspired one from Gourmet.

Although I tweaked it a little, the final burger is meaty, satisfying, and incredibly scrumptious. I took the time to make fresh salsa and guacamole, but feel free to use store-bought substitutes. Whatever you do, don't leave out the condiments, they add to the burger's overall flavor. This makes a stellar vegetarian-friendly backyard dinner, so get the recipe, and


Black-Bean Burgers

Black-Bean Burgers

Black-Bean Burgers


  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 onion, diced
  3. 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  6. 1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  7. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  8. 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  10. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  11. 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  12. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  13. 4 soft hamburger buns
  14. sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook taking care not to brown, until soft, fragrant, and translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes.
  3. Pour the beans, bread crumbs, spices, and cilantro into a larger bowl. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño mixture. Using your hands, mash and crush the beans until paste-like. Form mixture into 4 patties.
  4. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers.
  5. Cook burgers until outsides are crisp and lightly browned, turning once, about 5 minutes total. Serve on buns with toppings.

Makes 4 burgers.




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GC00979 GC00979 4 years
Is it OK to substitute the bread crumbs for oats?
partysugar partysugar 7 years
Hey guys! Thanks for catching the recipe's mistake. I've updated it. The sauteed onion, jalapeño, and garlic mixture does get stirred in with the beans.
mrsrazon mrsrazon 7 years
Yum... that thing is a monster! I'm making it!
jabberyjess jabberyjess 7 years
@cheifdishwash... bacon makes everything better :)
brownsugamama brownsugamama 7 years
Can't wait to try this!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Would it really be wrong to top it with .....bacon?
nancita nancita 7 years
This sounds delicious. I love a good homemade veggie burger.
fashionista119 fashionista119 7 years
These sound great, but I'm wondering the same thing as Whiplash about the Onions and Garlic. I assume they go in the burger, but suppose they could be intended as a topping too... I have a great recipe using Pinto Beans, Cheese, Red Bell Pepper, Tortilla Chips and various Spanish/Latin spices. So yummy! Even my non-vegetarian Husband loves them!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I'm confused - where do the onions and garlic go after you've sauteed them? Into the bowl with the beans and spices?
hinkey hinkey 7 years
This sounds great! I'm gonna make this for my husband.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
same, Yum! my sis is a veg and I'm gonna whip these up for sure!!!
Food Food 7 years
Yum! I am so totally making these for my vegetarian friends.
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