best black bean burger recipe

Black Bean Veggie Burger Recipe

Black Bean Veggie Burger Recipe

This is by far the BEST Black Bean Veggie Burger Recipe that I have ever tried.  They are crazy simple to make and incredibly delicious!  This burger is just as satisfying to me as a traditional beef burger, but it is packed with nutrition and totes only a fraction of the fat!

What you will need:

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained well (Bush’s Low Sodium are my fav!)
  • 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (I used seasoned panko breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmeesan (or cheddar) cheese (totally optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 – 4 T oil for your pan (I use Avacado oil that I buy by the gallon!)

How to make them:

First, rinse your black beans and put in a fine mesh strainer to drain.

rinse and drain the black beans

Then move them to a bowl line with a paper towel to remove any moisture that you can.

black beansdry off the black beansdrained black beans

While your beans are drying, cut your pepper and onion and place in a food processor. . .

pepper and onion and pulse until they look like this. . .

chopped pepper and onion

then put the diced onion and pepper in the strainer and press with the back of a spoon or spatula to remove as much liquid as you can, like this:  drain pepper and onion

While the pepper and onion rest and continue to drain, mash your black beans with a potato masher, like so:

mash the beans

I like to leave them pretty chunky because it keeps the texture of the beans and keeps the vegetarian black bean burger from getting too mushy.

vegetarian black bean burger recipe When your beans are mashed as you like, put the mashed beans, pepper, onion, egg, chili powder and breadcrumbs into a medium bowl.  Season with a little salt and pepper, if you like.  If not, you can add it later, when you put them on your bun.

Also, at this point, you should start preheating your pan.  I use my favorite Lodge Cast Iron Skillet.


add chili powder to your veggie burgers parmesean cheese


Now mix it all up and add your cheese, if you are using cheese.

veggie burgers

Divide your mixture into quarters with your hands or spatula.





and form them into patties.  I will be getting a multi-layer burger press for mine in the near future.  It will make life a bit easier, especially because I plan to make a double batch and freeze some!

veggie burger patties

Once your patties are formed and your skillet is preheated to medium, carefully put the patties in the pan. If you really want the perfect golden brown and slightly crispy outside, then cast iron is the only way to go.  I highly recommend the Lodge brand.  I am not the only person that swears by cast iron cooking.  Here is another reference, if you would like more on cast iron cooking.

black bean burger patties

I cooked two and am going to freeze two of them for later!


Cook them over medium heat until nicely browned, about 5 minutes, then flip them and cook another 5 minutes or so, until browned nicely on both sides.

homemade veggie burgersSprinkle with a little coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper. . .




Remove your Veggie burger patties from the pan and place them on your favorite bun!

best black bean burger recipe

Add a side of pickles and ENJOY the Best Black Bean Burger you have EVER made!


I really hope you enjoy these!  They are one of my favorite burgers ever.  I would love to hear your comments about them, so please share your experience below or reach out to me on my contact page.  I also welcome any questions or suggestions that you may have!


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