A black bean veggie burger recipe made with fresh ingredients and tons of flavor for a simple and meatless family meal.
Looking for more meatless meals your family will enjoy? What better way to start than with veggie burgers?
If you have beans in your pantry; black, white, or chickpeas, you can make this recipe all in one bowl. Don’t believe me? Check out how they’re made in this video.
Are Black Bean Burgers Healthy?
Compared to a burger you’d get at the local restaurant, black bean burgers are packed with fiber, low glycemic carbohydrates, and none of the saturated fats and cholesterol.
They are most definitely a burger you can sink your teeth into without the guilt.
If you don’t mind the meat, try our healthy turkey burgers next!
Black Bean Burger Ingredients
Canned beans, plus some added fresh ingredients for flavor and crunch, are all it takes to make these easy meatless burgers. The recipe does call for breadcrumbs, but you can opt for oats or leave them out entirely if you’re gluten-free.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Canned black beans
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Ground paprika
- Fresh Cilantro
- Green bell pepper
- Breadcrumbs or oats
- Flax seeds or eggs
You may be wondering, “what does a black bean burger taste like”?
I’m not going to sit here and tell you they taste just like beef; they don’t. But that doesn’t mean these black bean burgers aren’t a delicious and satisfying meal!
When you bite in, the burger is full of flavor from the seasonings and has a tender texture, but not the least bit dry or mushy. Top it with your favorite dressings, and you won’t miss the beef.
You’ve got to love family-friendly meatless meals that everyone will eat! For more delicious meatless recipes, check out the MOMables Meatless Meal Plan.
Making Black Bean Burger Patties
Not only are these delish, but they’re easy to prep ahead. Combine the ingredients, shape the patties, and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook, ideally no more than 3 days.
Here’s how to make them:
- Mash the black beans
Once you’ve drained and rinsed the black beans from the can, transfer them to a large bowl and gently mash them with a fork or potato masher. Add the seasonings and cilantro, and stir to combine.
To the black beans, add peppers, bread crumbs, onions, carrots, and egg.
Stir to combine and use your hands to form 6 patties.
I like to cook these on the stove-top, so the burger gets that nice, crispy outer texture.
In a large greased pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the black bean patties 2 to 3 at a time and cook for 5 minutes before flipping and cooking an additional 5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown.
Grab a hamburger bun, or your favorite burger toppings, and dress it how you like it!
How to Pack Veggie Burgers for Lunch
These make a hearty school lunch and a nice switch from the usual sandwich. Reheat the leftover patty in the microwave or toaster oven, dress it as desired, and pack it in a lunch container.
If you’re watching the carbs, skip the bun for a bed of lettuce and dress it like a taco salad, so good!
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How to Freeze Veggie Burgers
The recipe yields six patties, so if you have any leftovers, freeze them and reheat them 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 reheat them on the stove-top, toaster oven, or microwave. I prefer the stove-top it recreates that crispy edge and soft center.
Black Bean Veggie Burgers
- 2 15- ounce cans black beans, rinsed & drained (2 ½ cups cooked)
- 1 ¼ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped
- ¼ cup green pepper, finely chopped
- ½ cup breadcrumbs, or oats
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped (¼ cup red onion)
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 egg, or 1 flax egg, (see the note)
- In a large mixing bowl, gently mash the black beans. Add garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cilantro, mix to combine.
- To the black beans, add peppers, bread crumbs, onion, carrot, and egg. Mix to combine.
- With your hands, form six patties.
- 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.
- Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Alternatively, serve over a bed of lettuce as a salad.