Black bean burgers are full of flavor and easy to put together. Black beans are combined with onion, garlic, and spices. Panko crumbs, eggs, and barbecue sauce help to hold these burgers together. These are delicious meatless burgers that won’t cost you $12 as the restaurant versions do.
Homemade Black Bean Burgers
You’re going to want to save this black bean burger recipe for an easy meatless meal that your family will love! These are so easy to put together and taste delicious piled high with fresh toppings – don’t skimp on that part cuz that’s what makes a great burger, right!?
This recipe is on my list of easy go-to meals whenever I’m trying to save money, or want to offer a meatless meal – which I usually do at least once a week. Everything that be whipped together fast in the food processor, rolled and formed into patties, and baked in the oven in less than 30 minutes!
Black Bean Burger Ingredients
Black Beans – The base of these burgers are the black beans! You’ll need two cans of black beans to make 8 burger patties.
Onion – I used red onion, but you could also use yellow or white onion. I recommend chopping the onion very small so that it’s not chunky when you’re forming the patties. It might take a little longer to chop, but it’s worth it!
Garlic – You’ll need four garlic cloves that will be cooked along with onion in the frying pan.
Spices – There’s a mixture of spices to help flavor these black bean burgers. These include chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Panko Crumbs – These are important to help the burger patties hold together. You can use gluten-free panko crumbs or regular panko. I’m able to find both at my local grocery store, but you can also purchase them online.
Eggs – You’ll need two eggs to help hold these burger patties together. If you’d prefer not to use eggs, you can try using flax eggs as a substitute.
Barbecue Sauce – This sauce will help to flavor the burgers and also help them to stick together. I love this sugar free barbecue sauce.
How To Make Black Bean Burgers
- Drain and rinse the black beans – Rinse them under cold water and shake out as much excess moisture as possible. Pour them into the food processor.
- Fry the onion and garlic – Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to a frying pan with some cooking oil. Let the mixture cook until the onion turns translucent. Add the onion and garlic into the food processor.
- Add all ingredients to the food processor – Add the panko crumbs, eggs, barbecue sauce and all spices to the food processor. Blend until the black beans start to break down but there are a few large pieces left. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes – this will help the panko crumbs to absorb some of the moisture.
- Form the burgers – Scoop out 1/3 cup of the mixture and roll into a ball. Gently pat it flat between your palms. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can wet your hands in between to help prevent extra stickiness and make the rolling easier.
- Bake – Bake the burgers at 375°F for 20 minutes total, flipping them over at 10 minutes.
- Serve – Serve on toasted hamburger buns with your favorite toppings. I used sliced swiss cheese, spinach, mashed avocado, sliced raw red onion, cherry tomato slices, and ketchup. It was sooo good!
How Do You Keep Black Bean Burgers From Falling Apart?
Black bean burgers do not have the same structure as a traditional ground beef burger does. There is less fat to help hold it together. This is why eggs and barbecue sauce are needed – they will help the burgers stay together while you’re forming them. But because of this, you have to be more gentle with the burger patty while cooking it.
I prefer to bake my black bean burgers because it’s easier to keep them together. I’ve tried frying them on the stove and I find it hard to do this without having them break apart during the process.
Plus, when you bake them, you can add all of the patties to two baking sheets and bake all at once, which makes life easier. When baking, you still need to flip them, so do this very gently.
Then use the spatula to gently place the burger pattie directly onto the bun. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
More Healthy Dinner Ideas
Need more dinner inspiration? All of these recipes are healthy and can be on the table in 30 minutes!
- Rigatoni Ground Chicken and Peas – a 30-minute dinner recipe that can be cooked in your frying pan.
- Sweet Potato Lentil Soup – It’s budget-friendly, easy to make and can be prepped in 10 minutes. It’s cooked in the instant pot or on the stove.
- Instant Pot Ground Turkey Soup with Kale and Beans – this soup can be put together fast and tastes delicious with ground turkey.
- Sheet Pan Fajitas – made with chicken breast, spices, and colorful bell pepper. This is an easy family favorite that’s perfect for Taco Tuesdays, or Fun Fridays.
- Chicken Olive Pasta Bake – an easy casserole dish for when you’ve got a hungry family.
Black Bean Burgers
- Drain and rinse the canned black beans under cold water and shake out as much excess water as you can. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. Pour into a food processor.
- In a frying pan over medium high heat, add a small amount of cooking oil and the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the onion turns translucent. Scoop into a food processor.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor: panko crumbs, eggs, barbecue sauce, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Mix together until just combined. You still want to see a few small pieces of the black beans. Place the food processor container with black bean mixture in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Scoop out 1/3 cup of the mixture and roll into a ball. Gently flatten it between your palms to help form a burger pattie. Place it on a baking sheet. Repeat the process until you've made 8 burger patties.
- Bake for 20 minutes total. Remove the baking sheet from the oven at 10 minutes and gently flip the burgers with a spatula. Place back in oven to cook for the last 10 minutes.
- Add burger buns to serving plates and use spatula to gently scoop the burger onto the bun. Add your favorite toppings including, cheese, greens, sliced onion, mashed avocado, and ketchup.
- Handle the patties as gently as possible during the cooking process, this is why I prefer to bake them. Use a spatula to transfer the pattie directly onto the hamburger bun
- I like to toast my burger buns with a bit of cooking oil in a frying pan to help give them an extra crunch. This is optional.
- Nutrition information in this recipe is for the black bean burger pattie only. Toppings are so personal and different for everyone, that it’s hard to calculate them into the nutrition info.
Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.
If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.