A Perfect Black Bean Burger Recipe

Black bean burgers are not crumbly and can hold their shape beautifully!


2 (14 ounce) cans black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper (1/2 of a pepper)

1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1/2 of a large onion)

3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 Tablespoon)

1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 cup bread crumbs or oat flour

1/2 cup feta cheese

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 Tablespoons ketchup, mayo, or BBQ sauce

pinch salt & pepper

Partially dry out the black beans. Spread out the canned black beans onto a lined baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. This prevents the black bean burgers from tasting like mush.

While the black beans are in the oven, sauté some garlic, onion, and pepper together. This will be the flavor base of the entire burger. Make sure you blot the garlic, onion, & pepper when they’re done– you don’t want its moisture in the black bean burger.

Make sure you don’t completely mash the black beans. We want a bulky and satisfying texture. Larger chunks of beans are the best part!

A black bean burger would simply be a patty made from beans if we didn’t add some pizazz. The sautéed garlic, onion, pepper combo is a great start, but a little cumin, worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, feta cheese, and chili pepper turn black beans into the BEST black bean burger.

You can use gluten free bread crumbs or any kind of bread crumbs are great. You can use crushed crackers, almond flour, or even oat flour instead.

Ketchup, you only need 2 Tablespoons. Some sort of condiment like this is needed so the burgers hold their shape. Instead of ketchup, try mayo or BBQ sauce.

2 eggs. Best burger binder you’ll find.

Shape the black bean burgers however large or small you want, keeping in mind that the larger they are, the more unevenly they’ll cook.

You can bake or grill the burgers– instructions for both included in the printable recipe below. You can also make the burgers ahead of time and freeze them. Stack them between parchment paper in a freezer container or zipped-top bag. You can even bake/grill the frozen burgers if you forget to thaw them.

Get creative with the toppings: mashed avocado & caramelized onion, pepper jack cheese, spicy mustard & sweet pickles, herbed goat cheese & roasted red peppers, sriracha & sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella & pesto, corn salsa & cheddar cheese.

I piled the black bean burgers high with chipotle bbq sauce, Swiss cheese, and grilled pineapple.