Homemade Black Bean Burgers

There are two kinds of burgers I like to eat; Turkey and Black Bean.  Not that I won’t eat a juicy beef burger but these two varieties  are always in my freezer. I make my own Turkey Burgers and see also Cobb Turkey Burgers but I have still been eating Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burgers instead of making my own. I have been experimenting with different recipes and finally found one I could work with.

This recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen “The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook”.  After trying a burger on a bed of lettuce I decided they needed more of a kick and added one of my jalapeno peppers from my garden and remixed it. The other change I made was to substitute parsley for the cilantro and add a little Sriracha sauce. I grow my own parsley but not cilantro so I never seem to have any on hand. I like my black bean burgers spicy.

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You can either used regular canned beans, seasoned black beans or dried black beans. The seasoned beans have chili pepper, garlic and onion powder, tomato paste, a little sugar, cumin and a few other ingredients. I will try making the burgers with these beans next and I have a feeling I will prefer these in my black bean burgers!

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Homemade Black Bean Burgers, Adapted

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed, or you could use dried and soak them overnight
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin (love this spice)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • a tsp. or two Sriracha sauce
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 small red pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced (or cilantro)
  • 1-2 shallots, minced

Place 2-1/2 cups of the drained beans in a large bowl and mash until almost smooth. Do not over mix or they could have a mealy texture. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, cumin, salt and cayenne. Add the remaining ingredients, including the whole leftover beans and mix just until combined. Divide into 6 patties, 1-inch thick.

Heat a little oil or use a non-stick spray until hot. Cook, until browned and heated through on both sides over medium heat, about 5 minutes or so per side.

Serve these over a bed of lettuce with your favorite toppings such as avocado and red onion slices.  They are also delicious in a whole wheat bun with condiments such as lettuce or sprouts, red onion slices, fresh tomato slices, slice of cheddar, melted, and a little horseradish mustard. Sriracha mayonnaise would be another good choice.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2015/08/09/homemade-black-bean-burgers/

I am sharing these healthy and delicious black bean burgers with AngieKaila and Sarah and the rest of Fiesta Friday.

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29 thoughts on “Homemade Black Bean Burgers

  1. What a wonderful and healthy spin on the regular burger. Love black beans myself and use them quite a bit. I’ll have to try these, I’m amazed that they stayed together so well when you pan fried them. Great job Judi!

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  2. oh this brings back memories… my husband was vegetarian for about ten years and so during that time i made every possible bean burger recipe for him. i really need to make them again because they’re so good! And fun to make! Yours look wonderful.

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  3. I don’t know if I actually like black beans (never had some before), but your burger is making me feel hugry so that’s definitely a good thing! 😀 It looks great 🙂 Happy Fiesta!

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  4. Aunt Juju, this burger looks delicious. I loved the sound of your modifications too. I love the kick of the jalapeño, and I have a weak spot for cilantro.

    Thank you so much for bringing these to the fiesta this week! Happy FF, and have a fabulous weekend!! 🙂

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