Low-Calorie Black Bean Burgers

black bean burger with mashed avocado, caramelized onions and tomatoes


Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 18 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
339 Calories
8g Fat
52g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 339
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 645mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 12g 42%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 527mg 11%
*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.)

These black bean burgers make it burger night. If you have never tried a black bean burger and the thought just didn't seem like anything you would ever want to try, you ought to give black bean burgers a try. Will they fool you into thinking that you are eating an actual beef hamburger? Probably not. But they are delicious and do make eating a hamburger a little easier on the waistline.

Surprisingly, all of the toppings that you would find on a normal beef or turkey burger go quite well on these much healthier black bean burgers. Then just serve them up with a few healthy sides like baked beans or baked oven fries or a healthy low-fat coleslaw. 

If you have leftovers, the bean patties can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two after making them. Finish off with all of the normal burger toppings–lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, sliced onion, pickle slices, catsup, mustard–and serve alongside some crispy oven fries.


  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

  • 1 tablespooon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

  • Lettuce leaves, optional

  • Tomato slices, optional

  • Onion slices, optional

  • Pickle slices, optional

  • Ketchup, optional

  • Mustard, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. First you will prepare the black bean patties. Place the black beans in a medium-sized bowl. With the back of a fork, partially mash the beans until they can be shaped into a patty, but they do not have to be completely mashed smooth. To the mashed black beans, add the breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper, and mix well until all of the ingredients are well combined.

  2. To cook the bean patties, heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  3. If using the recipe as is, use 1/4 of the bean mixture for each patty. Shape each portion into disc-shaped patties that are about 3/4-inch thick using your hands. Gently form them until you get four uniform patties. 

  4. Place the patties into the skillet and cook on each side about 4 minutes or until the patties become lightly browned and are firm.

  5. To serve up the black bean burgers, serve each patty on a whole-wheat bun and finish off with the burger toppings you desire such as lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced onion, sliced pickles, ketchup, and mustard.