Black Bean Veggie Burgers

These Easy Black Bean Veggie Burgers are the perfect meatless recipe you can prep ahead and eat today!

These meatless, easy-to-make black bean veggie burgers pack a hearty and delicious bite. Even better, this recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen!

You’ve got to love an easy-to-make veggie burger recipe. The name says it all: easy and beans.

If you have beans in your pantry; black, white, kidney, even chickpeas, you can make this recipe. All in a single bowl. Don’t believe me? Check out how they’re made in this video.

As you saw in the video, it’s the pantry staples, beans, plus some added fresh ingredients for flavor and crunch. The recipe does call for some breadcrumbs (although, I’ve often left them out) or oats.

Keeping black beans on hand, in our pantries, can be a lifesaver when you want an easy meal that’s not only affordable but also delicious and meatless.

They come in handy for my 7 Layer Mexican Dip Snack Cups, Lunchbox Burrito Bowls, or the never-ending taco night theme we have going on in my household.

This can also become an eggless veggie burger recipe with the use of a flax-egg, which is found in the directions below, making these burgers vegetarian and allergy-friendly!

Vegetarian or not, these burgers and most of the recipes found in our Vegetarian Meal Plan will have even the most dedicated carnivores asking for seconds! And, if there’s one thing we can all agree on, is that we need more veggies in our lives.

Not only are these delish, but they also require no outdoor grill! I like to cook these on the stove top, so the burger gets that nice, crispy outer texture with a hearty center you can sink your teeth into.

The recipe yields six patties, so if you have any leftover, emphasis on the if, you can freeze the extra veggie burgers and reheat later for an easy dinner or lunch!

I freeze these before cooking on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then transfer them to a zip bag.

Or you can freeze the veggie burgers fully cooked, once they’ve cooled down, and heat them up in the microwave for a heat-and-eat meal solution.

My family loves them served classic burger style, buns, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. I love dressing these burgers with Pepper Jack cheese, avocado, and salsa!

How do you like to eat your burgers?

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

These meatless, easy-to-make black bean veggie burgers pack a hearty and delicious bite. Even better, this recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen!
  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 6 patties 1x
  • Cuisine: Dinner


  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed & drained (2 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, or oats
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup red onion)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 egg, or 1 flax egg, (see the note)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, gently mash the black beans. Add garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cilantro, mix to combine.
  2. To the black beans, add peppers, bread crumbs, onion, carrot, and egg. Mix to combine.
  3. With your hands, form six patties.
  4. In a large greased pan, pan-fry the patties over medium heat. Flip after 5 minutes, and grill or cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side.
  5. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Alternatively, serve over a bed of lettuce as a salad.


Flax egg: 1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons warm water. Mix and set aside for at least 5 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1 patty
  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 8.4g
  • Protein: 8.4g
These meatless, easy-to-make black bean veggie burgers pack a hearty and delicious bite. Even better, this recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen!


These meatless, easy-to-make black bean veggie burgers pack a hearty and delicious bite. Even better, this recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen!

These meatless, easy-to-make black bean veggie burgers pack a hearty and delicious bite. Even better, this recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen!

These meatless, easy-to-make black bean veggie burgers pack a hearty and delicious bite. Even better, this recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen!

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!

68 thoughts on “Black Bean Veggie Burgers”

  1. Rose Martine says:

    Looks beautiful and delicious! I do some prep ahead meals but not that many. I think this is very worthwhile and nice to know you always have a meal on hand!

  2. Angela says:

    Do you have suggestions for how to make them not fall apart? I used the egg, cooked for 5 minutes on each side. I’ve had this problem with other black bean burgers so I’m pretty sure I’m the problem!

    Nonetheless, they were delicious and I want to keep making them!

    1. Hey Angela, maybe you could try giving the beans an extra mash until they are very smooth, this will help all of the ingredients to “bind” and not fall apart when cooking. Let me know how this works for you.

  3. Monica Chavez says:

    I love how you mention that keeping black beans on hand be a lifesaver when you want an easy meal that’s affordable, delicious, and meatless. My husband loves veggie burgers, and his birthday is coming up soon. I’m really not that talented when it comes to cooking, so it would probably be best if we went to a restaurant to get good burgers, rather than me attempting to make them!

    1. You can totally make these at home, Monica. And the video shows you how step by step

  4. Liz says:

    If using oats, does it need to be made into a flour first? Or leave the rolled oats as is?

    1. MOMables says:

      Hi Liz! I’d use quick oats (smaller flakes) or pulse regular oats a few times to break them down so they are not as noticeable texture wise. Enjoy!

  5. Melissa says:

    If cooking on a pan, how long do you recommend cooking on either side?

    1. MOMables says:

      about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.

  6. Melissa says:

    What types of oats do you use? we have rolled oats at home, would those work?

    1. MOMables says:

      Rolled oats will work. Enjoy!

  7. Kristine Martin says:

    Just made these (my first black bean experience) made the vegan gluten friendly version by subbing in the oats and the “flax egg”. They turned out awesome, definitely keeping this recipe handy.

    1. MOMables says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Kristine!

  8. Lori says:

    Is there any issues with grilling and freezing afterwards? I love the burgers, btw. I grilled the first time too. I’m making some meals ahead for my wife because I’ll be out of town for 10 days…and she doesn’t cook, lol.

    1. MOMables says:

      You can definitely freeze for later Lori! We do this often. Enjoy!

  9. Samantha says:

    We are new vegans….boyfriend has been craving meat, so I thought a veggie burger would help with that. These are delicious and in my opinion tasted better than a beef burger. Boyfriend said his tasted like a burrito (probably because he dresses his differently than I do). I did make a few changes, I didn’t use cilantro (neither of us particularly care for the overpowering taste of it), carrots, peppers, or turmeric and instead of paprika, I used black pepper and flax egg sub with sweet onion instead of red. Turned out beautifully, my kids even liked it (which, as of today–day 5–they haven’t liked anything I have cooked being veggie-based…it has all been “ka ka” lol!!)

    5 stars, definitely going to cook this again!

    1. MOMables says:

      That’s so awesome! We love these burgers for Meatless Mondays. Our intern Emilie is actually vegan, and she has SO many delicious recipes on her blog. I would definitely check her out!

      1. Samantha says:

        Definitely going to. Thanks!!

  10. Carol says:

    I read many of the comments but didn’t see any question or response about using egg whites instead of a whole egg. Has anyone tried substituting whites and if so how much did you use to compare to a whole egg?


    1. MOMables says:

      I have not tried using only egg whites. Sory!

  11. Christina says:

    We tried these last night and loveeee them! I have the hardest time feeding my 14 month old and she loved these! Because I was a little paranoid about making sure I cooked them enough because of the egg in them–is there any substitute for the egg? Aside from the flax egg….

    1. MOMables says:

      The egg works as a “binder” to hold it together, so that’s it. I’m glad you all liked them Christina!

    2. Beth C says:

      You can make ‘eggs’ from chia seeds as well, and I’ve also seen a combo of ground chia and garbanzo flour. You may want to do a web search!

      1. MOMables says:

        Those are all great suggestions. Thanks, Beth!

  12. Dorothy Scot says:

    I just made these for lunch and my son and I loved them! Thanks so much for the recipe!! They were delicious!

  13. Rachel says:

    nevermind..didn’t see the word Flax.

  14. Rachel says:

    How is this recipe Vegan when it uses eggs? what is your vegan egg sub???

    1. SUZY says:

      Please tell me what diced cilantro means. I have dried cilantro (coriander here in Australia). You don’t dice herbs so does it mean dry cilantro?

      1. MOMables says:

        Suzy, the recipe has been corrected. it should be chopped (fresh) cilantro.

    2. Leticia says:

      They said use ground flax seeds and water I was thinking chia

  15. Rochelle says:

    I just made the bean burgers. Put them in the oven to bake and they took ages. I am reluctant to put them in a pan with oil. If I do for my next batch how much oil donI need?

    1. MOMables says:

      just enough so they don’t stick to the pan – about 2 tablespoons worth?

  16. Eric says:

    I usually make beet burgers and mung bean/olive burgers which bake at 350° 12 – 15 min per side. I’ve got a lot of leftover black beans and no rice tonight and would like to make your burgers in the oven. How long would you bake on each side and at what temp?

    1. MOMables says:

      Eric, I never make them in the oven. On the stove on a pan yes. However, they should probably have a similar cooking time as your other veggie burgers. enjoy!

  17. Linda S says:

    I made these tonight, they are very good. Some of mine fell apart but we are going to use them as a burrito or taco filling.

  18. Molly says:

    These were awful. Fell right apart, crumbled. I’m super irritated that I spent 30 dollars on the ingredients and it was all a waste.

    1. MOMables says:

      did you make any substitutions? These come out great week after week for us and for many that have made them already.

      1. Fiona says:

        They come out perfect every time for me too. I have been making them every week for the past few months with no problems. Thank you for the recipe!

    2. Ve says:

      Woah, try checking your recipe and how you cooked the burgers and be less of a whiner. This recipe was awesome for myself and many others that I’ve recommended it to!

  19. Sandi says:

    I made a batch of black beans, and made two batches of your burgers. As the filler, we used the oats. As the binder, we used the egg.

    Batch #1 was your seasonings, save for the cilantro, (as we have issues with that one here) so I subbed regular parsley. I fried them up in olive oil. The texture was great. We really liked them.

    Batch #2 I changed the seasonings around in a Greek direction to taste similar to Cincinnati chili. (Aka Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili) That also worked out well.

    Have you played with any other spice profiles on your bean burgers? I am thinking something with lime, and served with guacamole. I figure in a white bean, doing a stuffing seasoned burger with celery, carrot, mushroom and onion would be a good option as well.

    Overall, it’s cheap, and easy. I can see many different directions to take the recipe. It’s great as stated, but quite open to tweaking. After I perfect a few variations, I’ll haul out the Harbor Freight burger press, and my patty papers and whip up a big batch for the freezer.

    1. MOMables says:

      I’m thrilled you liked these! I often make them with creole seasoning, add a little feta and greek olives… as long as you have the burger base down, you can pretty much make anything as you would normally do with meat burgers.

  20. Heather says:

    I’m new to doing veggie burgers… do you cook the oats first, or just put them in as is?

    1. MOMables says:

      dry. the recipe does not say cooked oats.

  21. Summer says:

    I made them for the first time today, and they fell apart. I used chia egg instead of flax egg, could that be why?

    1. MOMables says:

      I am sorry to say that I’ve never made them with chia seeds. This might be the culprit. While I normally make them with a regular egg, I have tried it successfully with flax eggs.

  22. Jennifer says:

    I made these using kidney beans instead, I left out the egg and opted for the oats. They were quite soft, so I found they cooked better in a non-stick pan. They turned out SO delicious!

  23. Darlene says:

    I made these following the recipe exactly and they came out crumbly.

    1. MOMables says:

      I’m sorry they crumbled for you!

  24. Guest says:

    I wanna make these for lunch and im curious as to why the recipe calls for 2 cup black beans and 2 cans of 15oz each, wouldnt that be a lot more than 2 cups?

    1. MOMables says:

      the recipe calls for either 2 cups of cooked beans OR 2 15oz cans of black beans, rinsed. you’ll have a little extra black beans leftover if you get the canned. it doesn’t call for both.

  25. Gill says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful idea. Do you think this would work with pinto beans?

    1. MOMables says:

      Sure! I love mixing up my beans! pinto, white beans….

  26. joana says:

    this looks delicious.. good that I find you site. I tray to do my won, but did not came out good.. I will tray this one , but I don’t have a grill . I will bake it.

    1. MOMables says:

      you can also pan fry them instead of baking, they will be much better. don’t make them too thick Joana.

    2. Allie says:

      I just made these burgers. I tweaked it just a tiny bit. I made my own black beans from scratch. On the stove top I sweated the carrots, onions, bell peppers and added a cup of roasted corn. I also used the flax egg recipe in opposed to the egg and used gluten free oats. Cooked them in my cast iron skillet with a little pam and voila!!! Topped them with a little chipotle mayo and my husband absolutely loves them. Good thing I doubled the recipe as I will put some up in the freezer for later. Absolutely terrific for about 280 calories a serving, 2.1 grams of fat and a little over 17 grams of protein. Incredible. Thanks for sharing!

      1. MOMables says:

        Yes! definitely use your own beans. Glad you liked them and you were able to freeze the extras! Always great to cook once and eat twice ;)

  27. Jessika says:

    HI, love your page and loooove the idea of this burger. but my daughter is not a fan of black beans… can that be changed with something else ?

    Greetings from Germany

    1. MOMables says:

      Hi Jessika! yes, you can use garbanzo beans (chickpeas), white beans or lentils.

      1. Jessika says:

        Thank you sooo much for your answer :D

  28. Shautel Walker says:

    If you wanted to freeze, would you do it before or after cooking!

    1. MOMables says:

      I freeze these before cooking.

      1. Shautel says:

        Thanks..I was feeling like black beans and made some…So I have a ton of leftovers..I’ll be making them tonight..

    2. Def freeze before grilling.
      FYI – leftovers are DELICIOUS for taco salad for lunch! ;)

      1. Shautel says:

        I made them to put in my tacos while the kids ate ground turkey..You are correct..Yummy indeed..

        1. MOMables says:

          great idea Shautel!

  29. So trying this recipe! LOVE veggie burgers! Thank you :)

    1. MOMables says:

      let me know how you like them Kelly!!

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