Back in Black Burgers

Black bean burgers so good they'll put Five Guys out of business.

Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword black bean, burger, fiber, protein, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Eleanor Baker, MS, RD, LDN


  • 2 14 oz cans black beans well drained, rinsed and patted dry.
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds can use 2 eggs instead
  • 6 tbsp warm water omit if using eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats vigorously massaged between hands to make for a finer consistency
  • 1 pepper chipotle pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Try Annie's Organic for a vegan option
  • 1 tbsp water only if consistency is too dry
  • 6 bun whole wheat
  • 1 each avocado more if thats your jam
  • 2 each tomato sliced
  • 3 cups lettuce of choice
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 6 spears pickle spears


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Spread beans evenly onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until slightly dried out.

  2. While beans are baking, add 2 Tbsp ground flax to 6 Tbsp warm water. Stir to combine. Set aside for at least 5 minutes to gelatinize. 

  3. Meanwhile, sauté olive oil, chopped pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Gently blot some of the moisture out with a paper towel. 

  4. Place skillet ingredients in a large bowl, food processor, or blender with the remaining ingredients until Worcestershire sauce. Stir or pulse everything together, then add the black beans. Mash with a fork or pulse the mixture, leaving some larger chunks of beans.

  5. Form into patties-- about 1/3 cup of mixture in each. You can use a burger patty maker for this to make things super easy, clean and uniform.

  6. Grill or sauté the burgers on a cast iron skillet for best results. 

    TO GRILL: Place patties on aluminum foil and grill 8 minutes on each side.

    TO SAUTÉ: Preheat cast iron skillet on medium heat, add a small amount of oil to the pan to prevent sticking. Sauté burgers for 4 minutes each side until they start to brown slightly.

Recipe Notes

Make these burgers ahead of time for a super speedy week night dinner. You can grill, sauté, or bake these burgers straight from the freezer. Simply adding on a few minutes until the burger is warmed through.