Black Bean Burgers

Sometimes I’m burgin’. That’s a term coined by a friend of mine (who is always burgin’, by the way) that means you just.want.a.burger. Right now! Nothing else will do! But I also have some sort of “try to eat healthy” chip in my brain, which is constantly at war with my “eat burger now” chip, and it never ends well. I either go hungry and unsatisfied, or I eat an entire Plague Bringer and promptly enter a food coma.

Which brings me to this bean burger recipe. I found it last year on Annie’s Eats, and I’ve been making it almost monthly since. It’s just such an easy and healthy recipe for those times when you just.want.a.burger! It’s hearty and I promise, you won’t miss the meat. The burger patties are really thick and taste wayyy better than the bean burgers you get at most restaurants. If you serve this with some sweet potato fries on the side, it’ll definitely hit the spot and there’s no food coma afterwards. There *may* even be room for dessert.


Black Bean Burgers
Serves 2
Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
602 calories
84 g
93 g
20 g
25 g
4 g
506 g
975 g
11 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602
Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 93mg
Sodium 975mg
Total Carbohydrates 84g
Dietary Fiber 18g
Sugars 11g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the patties
  1. 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  2. 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  3. 1/2 small onion
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  8. small handful of fresh cilantro
  9. 2 tbsp olive oil
Burger Assembly
  1. 2 burger buns
  2. sliced tomatoes
  3. lettuce
  4. sliced onion
  5. ketchup & mustard
  6. pickles
  1. Drain beans in a colander and wash them well. Allow them to dry for a few minutes while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Chop up half a small onion and a small handful of fresh cilantro.
  2. In a large bowl, add the bread crumbs, onion, egg, cumin, salt, cayenne and cilantro. Mix together well. Smash the beans with your (clean!) hands, leaving a few coarse bits, and add to the bowl. Mix it all together and form 2 thick patties.
  3. Heat up a skillet and add the 2 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the 2 burger patties in the skillet and cook them for about 4-5 minutes a side.
  4. Add the patties to the burger buns and top with your choice of burger toppings. We usually just add tomatoes, onions, ketchup, mustard and then a pickle on the side. We rarely even have fries, as the burger itself is hearty enough.
Adapted from Annie's Eats
Adapted from Annie's Eats
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