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How to Make a Tasty Black Bean Burger

    These really simple black bean burgers are ready to eat in about 20 minutes and have an incredible flavor. These bean burgers are dairy-, egg-, and gluten-free, require no complicated processes, can be made in advance, and will please both meat-eaters and vegetarians in your life.

    How to Make Our Favorite Black Bean Burgers

    The blog contains numerous vegetarian recipes, but these black bean burgers may be my favorite. These vegetable burgers with black beans have already been shared, although they require more time than I would like on a busy evening. Therefore, I reserve those burgers for the weekends and have this black bean burger recipe on hand for the weekdays. These burgers are fast to cook and vegan!

    Black Bean Burgers Recipe Overview

    How to Make a Tasty Black Bean Burger

    I love that these bean burgers only call for a few simple ingredients. For instance, you don’t need eggs to create them, therefore most of the necessary ingredients come from the pantry rather than the refrigerator.

    These burgers are comprised of walnuts, old-fashioned rolled oats, and black beans, which may be purchased canned or cooked from scratch (here is our recipe for cooking black beans). Use gluten-free oats while preparing gluten-free burgers.

    We adapted the use of walnuts from our favorite vegetarian burger recipe. The walnuts give the vegetarian burger patties a wonderful meatiness and texture. If you don’t like or eat walnuts, try cashews, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, blanched almonds, or pecans instead. For burgers devoid of nuts, omit the nuts.

    For additional flavor, garlic, scallion, spices, tamari (or soy sauce), red wine vinegar, and a touch of maple syrup are added. The burgers are well-balanced with a touch of pure maple syrup. I was initially apprehensive to add maple syrup to the burgers, but after tasting them, I’m convinced.

    Making the Burgers

    How to Make a Tasty Black Bean Burger

    These black bean burgers can be made in a bowl by hand or in a food processor.

    When created by hand, the burgers are a bit more rustic, but they still stay together and taste incredible. The garlic and green onion are minced, the oats are left whole, and the beans are mashed with a fork. As long as the beans are sufficiently mashed, the burgers will hold together well.
    By using a food processor, Using a food processor, these burgers are quickly prepared. Compared to when they were prepared by hand, burgers have a more constant texture, which prevents them from falling apart during cooking or consumption.

    We employ both techniques in our kitchen. I prefer the texture of the burgers when made with a food processor (as shown in our video), but if I’m not in the mood to pull out the machine, I’ll gladly make these black bean burgers by hand.

    Do I need to dry out the beans?

    In our recipe for vegetarian burgers, we instruct you to dry out the beans in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes before combining them with the remaining burger components in order to achieve the finest results. While this is true for that recipe, we do not believe it is necessary for this one.

    I have previously prepared these burgers with beans that were first roasted in the oven so that they might dry out. Unfortunately, after drying, combining, and forming into patties, followed by cooking, they turned out to be too dry. Since this recipe calls for a small amount of liquid (often found in additional ingredients such as barbecue sauce, ketchup, and eggs), we do not need to worry about the beans drying out.

    Cooking Black Bean Burgers

    How to Make a Tasty Black Bean Burger

    This is my preferred method since frying the burgers in a skillet with a little of oil gives the patties a lovely, crunchy surface. I prefer to maintain a medium-low heat and cook the patties gently, turning them after the first side is golden brown and somewhat crispy.

    Baking the burgers in the oven is ideal for cooking a large quantity. Drizzle the patties with olive oil, then bake on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through and slightly crisp on the exterior. I enjoy turning the food after 10 minutes so that both sides become somewhat crunchy.

    Grill them: These black bean burgers may be grilled! They should hold up nicely on clean grates, but I prefer to prepare them in a grill-safe pan, such as a cast-iron skillet.


    • 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/2 cups of cooked black beans
    • 2 medium cloves garlic
    • 2 scallions, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup (30 grams) walnuts
    • 1/2 cup (50 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce or tamari
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon oil for cooking



    • Add the garlic to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until minced.
    • Add the scallions and pulse until finely chopped. Add the oats, walnuts, chilli powder, smoked paprika, tamari, red wine vinegar, and maple syrup after scraping the sides. Process into a fine consistency that resembles breadcrumbs.
    • Measure and put aside 1/2 cup of the black beans. Add additional black beans to the food processor. Pulse until the texture is generally uniform; watch our video for a demonstration.
    • Scrape the mixture into a bowl and fold in the 1/2 cup of beans that were set aside.
    • Set the mixture aside for five minutes to allow the oats to absorb any extra liquid.


    • When preparing the patties, divide the mixture into two equal halves for 7-ounce patties and four equal portions for 3.5-ounce patties.
    • Form each portion into a circular patty by firmly shaping and pressing the mixture together to prevent it from falling apart.
    • In a skillet heated over medium-low heat with oil, arrange the patties in a single layer. (We use around one tablespoon of oil to cook four patties.)
    • Cook until well cooked, firm, and browned, 4 to 6 minutes per side. If any pieces fall from the sides when you flip the patty, press them back into the sides. Carefully flip the hamburgers so that they remain intact.
    • To bake the patties, sprinkle or spray them with olive oil, then bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes per side on a baking pan (or until heated through). For cooking hamburgers on an outdoor grill, we recommend placing a cast iron skillet or griddle over a low fire.

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