Vegan Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Vegan Black Bean Burger
The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
200 Calories
5g Fat
31g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 666mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 545mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Adding healthy legumes to your diet is no longer a hassle. Forget about overnight soaking and cooking the beans for hours. Our recipe for black bean burgers will bring to your table all the health benefits of black beans, plus a wonderful flavor, minus all the hard work.

Vegan and vegetarian alternatives are growing by the day, even in fast-food restaurants, but there's nothing more satisfying than eating a burger that you know has no added preservatives and is made with very few, simple ingredients. Black beans have a wonderful earthy flavor and are simply seasoned with garlic and onions. The patties hold their shape really well thanks to the bread pieces used as a binder. They're pan-fried to golden perfection, so the crunchy outside reveals a flavorful meaty inside that you'll enjoy with or without a bun.

Serve them with your favorite vegan fixings like sliced tomatoes and onions, lettuce, and vegan sauces like sriracha, ketchup, vegan mayo, and mustard. Use regular buns, enjoy a salty addition with pretzel buns, or use a crusty bread like small ciabattas. Alternatively, eat bunless burgers with a green salad for a nutritious meal, but be mindful the patties aren't gluten-free as they contain flour and bread, needed as binders to avoid the patties crumbling.


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  • 1 (14-ounce) can black beans, well-drained

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 slices bread, crumbled

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 dash pepper, or to taste

  • 1 dash kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced, for garnish

  • 2 medium red heirloom tomatoes, sliced, for garnish

  • 6 leaves butter lettuce, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Black bean veggie burger ingredients
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  2. In a large bowl, mash the beans until almost smooth with the help of a potato masher or for. Stir well with a wooden spoon once the desired texture is achieved.

    Mash black beans
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  3. Add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to grease the bottom of a small frying pan. Add the onions and sauté them until they are soft and translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.

    Saute onions in frying pan
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  4. Combine the sautéed onions into the mashed black beans. Add the crumbled bread slices, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

    Add black beans, onions, and other ingredients to bowl
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  5. Once the mixture is well combined, add the flour a few tablespoons at a time. Your veggie burger mixture will be very thick, so use your hands to work the flour in well. You'll obtain a firm dough after 2 to 3 minutes of working the mixture.

    Add flour to veggie burger mixture
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  6. Divide the black bean mixture into six individual patties, approximately 1/2-inch thick. Roll a handful into a ball, then gently flatten it.

    Form black bean mixture into patties
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  7. Use the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan-fry the burgers over medium-low heat. Allow the patties to slightly firm-up and brown on each side, about 3 minutes. If your pan is too hot, the burgers will brown too quickly and not be heated through and cooked in the middle, so adjust the heat as needed.

    Fry black bean mixture on each side
  8. Assemble your veggie burgers with the veggies

    Finished black bean veggie burger
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  9. Enjoy!

Flavorful Additions and Substitutions

Try these takes on our black bean burgers:

  • Using canned beans is pretty convenient and, among other things, means you can go ahead and substitute the black beans for other beans you'll find on the shelves. Use the same amounts. Experiment with different flavors and textures: canned kidney beans, red beans, roman, or black-eyed peas are great substitutions for the black beans.
  • Add other vegetables of your liking to add texture to the burgers. Use 1/2 of grated carrots, celery, green or red peppers, or a combination. Simply sauteé the 1/2 cup of chosen vegetables with the onions and follow the remaining instructions to make the patties. Don't overload the mixture with vegetables because they will crumble.
  • If you want to use cooked-at-home beans, you'd need 1 2/3 cups.
  • The seasoned salt makes a big difference in the flavor but add your favorite seasoning mixture.
  • Herbs make a big difference in the flavor. Add a finely chopped handful of cilantro or parsley leaves, plus a tablespoon of any seasoning that combines two or more herbs. Individual dried herbs like oregano, sage, or marjoram are also a flavorful addition.

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