Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burger

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Ratings (14)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 patties (serves 4)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
506 Calories
4g Fat
89g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 patties (serves 4)
Amount per serving
Calories 506
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 89g 33%
Dietary Fiber 22g 79%
Protein 29g
Calcium 244mg 19%
*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.)

Spice up a basic vegetarian and vegan black bean burger patty with some cayenne pepper and hot sauce. If you prefer a sandwich with the flavor kicked up a notch, start with a veggie patty that brings the heat.

This vegan black bean patty will hold together well enough to grill, since it contains an egg replacer to bind the ingredients together, making them a little bit less crumbly than other veggie burger recipes. I like Ener-G brand egg replacer best, but Bob's Red Mill brand is another good one to try.

If you're cooking indoors, these black bean patties can be pan fried in a bit of oil or on a grill pan. But, if you're still worried about crumbly veggie burgers, you may want to check out this guide to how to make the perfect veggie burger. 

This recipe uses canned black beans, but if you prefer, you can start with dried beans. You'll need to soak them and boil them to get them to the soft, fully-cooked consistency you'll need for this recipe so that they can be easily mashed, and of course, make sure they are well-drained, just like you would need to drain canned beans.


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (drained, or 1 and 2/3 cup, cooked)
  • 1/2 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce (or to taste)
  • Optional: 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 prepared egg-substitute "egg" (use Ener-G egg replacer)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Optional: Oil for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Mash the beans in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing until well combined.

  2. Press firmly to form into patties and lightly fry in oil.

  3. Or, fire up the grill and barbecue your black bean veggie burgers over a medium heat.

Recipe tips:
You can vary the amount of spice in the burger by using more or less hot sauce or cayenne pepper. Since the hot sauce adds a little bit of liquid, be sure to adjust the consistency accordingly. You can also experiment by adding chopped hot chilis to taste.

Serve your spicy black bean burger on a bun with your favorite burger toppings and condiments. Mustard, ketchup, lettuce, pickles or pickle relish, tomatoes, sliced onions (I like red onions best), or barbecue sauce are typical. If you are vegan and like mayo, choose a vegan mayonnaise variety.

Don't think you have to buy commercially-prepared veggie burgers. You can make your own combinations at home, eliminating additives, preservatives and packaging. Here's a few ways to make veggie burgers from using beans, tofu, potatoes, lentil, carrots, textured vegetable protein, and more: