A black bean burger topped with onion, avocado, tomato pickle and lettuce with a toothpick to secure the bun and grapes served on the side.
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The BEST Black Bean Burger

The BEST Black Bean Burger is made with fresh ingredients and is totally FOOL PROOF. This healthy recipe is fast and easy for a quick dinner idea.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 5
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


For the Burger:

  • 15 ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 1 large egg , beaten (*see note below)
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

For the Chipotle Mayo Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • hamburger buns
  • desired burger toppings: lettuce, tomato, etc.


To make the Burger:

  • Place rinsed and drained black beans in a bowl. If needed, blot them with a paper towel to remove any extra moisture. Place in a large bowl and mash well with a fork.
  • Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until finely minced. 
  • Transfer mixture to a fine mesh strainer to remove the excess water. (Remove as much moisture as you can--if it's too wet, the burger wont hold together as well.)
  • Add the strained vegetable mixture to the bowl with the black beans.  Add the chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper and stir to combine. 
  • Add beaten egg and mix. Stir in bread crumbs. Form mixture into 4 or 5 patties.

At this point you can choose to:

  • Grill the burgers on a well oiled grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Bake them at 375 degrees F on a lightly oiled baking sheet, for 10 minutes on each side.
  • Cook them on your stove using a grill pan, for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Refrigerate them for later.
  • Freeze them, covered, in a freezer ziplock bag for a quick weeknight dinner in the future.

For the Chipotle Mayo Sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve burgers on a white or whole wheat bun topped with a spoonful of chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, cheese, avocado, or any other desired toppings!  Enjoy!
  • Serve with one of these healthy side dishes!



*for a vegan burger, substitute the egg with 1 Tbs. flax meal + 3 Tbs. hot water (mix this together separately).
Tips for making these burgers are listed in the post above!
Try my other favorite veggie burger!


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1149mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 911IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 4mg