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A recipe for Spicy Black Bean Burger. Fourth of July is right around the corner and I’m in the midst of figuring out my menu. I love to grill and bbq for this summer holiday, but that also usually means a pretty meat heavy occasion. So I do our best to accommodate the needs of my vegetarian friends because it’s always a bummer to see them picking away at the one or two dishes that were prepared without meat/animal products which usually ends up being some sort of salad or crudite platter, which is fine but not really fine, you know?

I always like to provide a great vegetarian friendly alternative, so for this 4th of July we’re going back to one of our favorite veg burgers, this Spicy Black Bean Burger! I love the flavor and texture this burger provides, plus it’s super satisfying. I’m a big meat gal myself, but there have also been many occasions where I’ve opted for a veg patty over a beef one.

This recipe is simple and delicious and you can really dress it up however you want. We’ve added a simple guacamole, sliced tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts to ours, but for this holiday I’m thinking slices of cheese, grilled or caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli, crisp lettuce, and maybe even potato chips stuffed inside are in order! :) If you’re not totally sold on the black bean base we have a couple other options for you, including a quinoa burger and falafel burger, both so different but so tasty!

Do you guys have any vegetarian friendly dishes you love to grill up? I would absolutely love to hear about them. Enjoy! xx, Jenny


Hello! Something you all probably don’t know about me is that long ago I was a vegetarian….FOR 3 YEARS! Crazy, right?! It was when I was in high school, after watching a rather inhuman and disturbing video in class. I swore off meat until one day, three years later, I walked into Panera Bread, bought and ate an asiago, roast beef sandwich and that was that :) Still to this very day I love my fair share of meatless dishes. Veggie burgers are always great and I’ve tried them so many ways, with lentils, mushrooms, tofu, tempeh, etc. My favorite type of meatless burger is a good, full flavored black bean burger. We have one here for you all today, studded with corn (because corn is awesome) and loaded with spices. These burgers are great, but still rather soft and delicate and should be handled gently while cooking them. These are great with just about any topping and condiment of your choice, plus they’re super easy to make and really fill you up. Enjoy!
xx Jenny

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Serves 4

burger patties:
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, drained
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 ear yellow corn, kernels and milk removed from husk
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 whole wheat burger buns
optional toppings/condiments:
caramelized onions

1. Place onion, jalapeno and garlic in a food processor and pulse 5 or 6 times.
2. Add beans, oats, corn, green onion, cumin, curry powder, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper and pulse 8 times. Scrape downs sides of the bowl and pulse an additional 5 to 8 times (depending on desired texture).
3. Place mixture into a mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
4. Remove chilled mixture from refrigerator and stir in breadcrumbs. Adjust seasonings.
5. Pour oil into a heavy bottom skillet and place over medium. Form mixture into four equal patties. Cook patties for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until a crust develops and the patties are heated through.
6. Remove patties from heat and place onto burger buns. Assemble burger with toppings and condiments of your choice and serve.

  1. Bev Weidner Not Specified Not Specified

    That looks so stinkin’ good I might lose it for a sec.

  2. ileana Not Specified Not Specified

    Love a good veggie burger. I was also a vegetarian for a few years, even vegan for nearly a year. I now eat some meat, but I still love my veggies and a good tofu recipe. :)

  3. Amy Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG yummy! It seems like you won’t even miss the meat. I’m a sucker for guac + black beans (and this seems like a really healthy alternative to the Angus burger).


    mon amy

  4. Emily (New York, NY) Not Specified Not Specified

    I haven’t eaten red meat for… about 8 years now but must admit, I still miss burgers (and may have had a few missteps in these 8 years..) I love boca burgers but I haven’t been able to find a super yummy “burger” that I can make on my own. Thanks for sharing this recipe and will definitely look to giving it a try sometime in the future!

  5. Kasey Not Specified Not Specified

    Veggie burgers are the best! I have a number of vegetarian friends and I find that the biggest thing that unites them with the meat eaters is an excellent burger. Love your use of black beans in this one.

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    I love that you put corn into the burger….it adds such a nice little surprise along with the rest of the veggie goodies!

  7. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    Ooooh I love a good black bean burger. This looks so flavorful!! Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    I love corn in my black bean burgers too! Yum!

  9. sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so.good. I love veggie burgers. Can’t wait to try them!

  10. Jessica Not Specified Not Specified

    I am black bean burger obsessed, so I will definitely be trying these. Love the use of jalapenos.

  11. Vanessa Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow! Love this. =)

  12. Kelli Not Specified Not Specified

    I love your blog! The photography is always absolutely fantastic, and your comments are so fun! Also, this burger looks amazing. I’ve been trying to convince my (vegetarian) boyfriend to make homemade veggie burgers for weeks now – I think the corn and jalapenos in this one will finally do the trick!

  13. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} Not Specified Not Specified

    I am a meat-a-tarian too, but also love to eat meatless a few times a week. I am a huge fan of black bean burgers, but have never made my own. Can’t wait to try out this recipe, thanks!

  14. Jenny Not Specified Not Specified

    Your timing was in perfect synch with my grocery list-making. These became dinner last night and they were delicious! When my boyfriend first got a whiff of them he didn’t believe that they were meat-free.

    I ended up with about 6 patties – I think mine were a bit thinner – but they were very filling.

  15. Truly Smitten Not Specified Not Specified

    I have never tried a veggie-based burger but this looks totally mouth watering! Thanks for sharing and your photos/recipes/styling – so gorgeous!

  16. Anna Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh man, I usually don’t post on blogs but I just tried this and loved it! I’m burger obsessed and have never felt satisfied by packaged meatless varieties so I’ve wanted to try my own for a while now since full meaty meals are just soo heavy. This recipe has made me a believer, and I can’t wait to try more recipes. It was pretty sloppy though and I think next time I will try it in a pita pocket, like a SW falafel.

  17. Alli Not Specified Not Specified

    We made these for dinner last night. Very, very yummy and super easy! We used the traditional burger toppings of lettuce, pickles, mustard, ketchup, etc. and thought that a cucumber yogurt sauce might match well with the curry/cumin spices. We’ll try that next time. This recipe is a definite keeper!

  18. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum! These sounds delicious – I’ve been on the hunt for a new bean burger recipe and it looks like is a winner.

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  21. Carly Billeaudeau Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made this tonight for my family! It was delicious!! We are very much a meat-eating family and my husband was pretty skeptical! He LOVED it!

    I just wanted to add that I didn’t mix it ahead and refrigerate. I forgot to do it earlier today and decided to just go ahead. Instead of cooking them in a skillet with oil, I put them on a sheet pan (be sure to spray with Pam) and baked them at 400 for about 5 min, flipped and then another 5 min. Delicious! My husband already asked when I was going to make them again ;)


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  23. Tracey Not Specified Not Specified

    These look wonderful – but I think that I’ve missed something in my education… I have no idea how to remove the milk from a corn husk??? I’m impressed by all these people who know! Any tips?

    Cheers :D

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Tracey! This just means that after you cut the kernels off the cob, you should take the back of a knife and scrape the extra liquid “milk” off the cob. I recommend doing this in/over a bowl. Corn milk has really great flavor! Let me know if you have other questions!

  24. Meghan Foster Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these last night..very good! I had trouble flipping the burgers – they would stick to the pan and they weren’t as thick/firm as I would like. I may need to add either more oats or bread crumbs or pulse less in the food processor. They were really good even my husband who is a meat eater – liked them!

  25. Anna Not Specified Not Specified

    Made thesse tonight… they were fab. Threw them on the grill – they looked a bit dry but they sure weren´t they were just delish! :)

  26. Peggy Wilson Not Specified Not Specified

    I love everything black beanish! I can’t wait to make this!!

  27. Dee Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these last night and the taste was really great but the consistency of the burger was quite mushy. Any tips on how to make them more solid and closer to a “real” burger’s texture? Thanks!

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  30. chinkygirlmel Not Specified Not Specified

    omg! yum! I wish I could whip this up right now, but it is almost my bed time.

  31. Phoo-d Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these for dinner and they were terrific! They held up beautifully on the charcoal grill with a little non-stick spray on each side. Great recipe.

  32. Sharon Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these last night, my first foray into vege burgers. I could not find gf rolled oats so was stuck using steel cut oats. Googled how to substitute and the consensus was straight across just let the mix sit for an hour in the fridge–perfect for the recipe directions! Have to say, I tasted them after an hour and loved the crunch,but I waited 2 hours to be true to the recipe (at least the first time!). I think the crunch would have given the “burger” a meatier texture. Next time!

  33. Danielle Not Specified Not Specified

    Totally have my vote for this recipe!

    See pic!

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  36. Jessica Not Specified Not Specified

    These was our very first black bean burger, and all I can say is – why did I not try one sooner! Delicious!! Spices were perfect. Thank you for the yummy recipe.

  37. CHERYL Not Specified Not Specified

    This has become a staple in our house. We love them! We aren’t vegan, so I add a little egg to make it stick together better. But, this recipe made us look at black bean burgers in a whole new light. We usually like them with sauteed onions and chipotle mayo. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  40. Evan Comes Not Specified Not Specified

    I love meat. I love burgers. This was one of the best burgers I have ever eaten, though it may not really taste like ground beef. Think veggie burgers are gross? Eat this and expand your mind

  41. Renae Not Specified Not Specified

    I have tried so many bean burgers…this was by far the best! They cook up great after freezing as well. Yum!

  42. Loraine Not Specified Not Specified

    These were AWESOME! thank you!

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    Nutrition info??

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  46. misha Not Specified Not Specified

    These were FANTASTIC! As a forced vegetarian due to health, I have been craving something “meaty” and voila! I tried this last night and after the first bite I knew that this would become a household staple! I wonder…can these be made with cooked lentils as well?

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  57. AllisonP. Not Specified Not Specified

    These are now a staple for me. I make like 45 of them and stick them in the freezer. Wow! SOoooo good! I added cilantro, a little mesquite flavoring, onion powder, garlic powder (even though there’s already onion and garlic in there), and I also used more oatmeal instead of using breadcrumbs.

    Sometimes I bake it vs pan cooking as well, but gotta say I do prefer the pan seared version. I don’t even use hamburger buns. I pull 2 of them out of the freezer, nuke them in the microwave, then top it with Sriracha sauce, ketchup, and other toppings and I dig in with a fork and knife! OMG!! Delish! Who needs the bread! :) But I’m gonna try it with some gluten free hamburger buns this weekend.

    Lemme tell ya folks, adding that fresh cilantro into the mix took this already awesome recipe over the top! Thank you for THE best black bean burger recipe on the internet!! Heck, it was even WAY better than the store-bought one I ate that sent me looking for a spicy black bean burger recipe.

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  59. NMel Not Specified Not Specified

    Would I be able to make these burgers in bulk ahead of time and freeze them?

  60. Mikołaj Not Specified Not Specified

    Yummy looks amazing :)

  61. plasterer bristol Not Specified Not Specified

    Wowsers!! that looks so good, will be giving this ago on the weekend. that’s for sure. Thanks.


  62. Selecia Watson Not Specified Not Specified

    Can you grill them instead on the stove

  63. Allergen-free mama Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these tonight & they are gooood! I had guac, chutney/peach relish & vegenaise. Delish! Thanks for the recipe.

  64. Nadia Not Specified Not Specified

    These sound so good. I do enjoy anything with a bit of spice. Was planning on making a veal and avocado puree burger tonight but might do a few of these as well.

  65. Paula Lentz Not Specified Not Specified

    this is a lovely burger. As stated it is delicate but so worth it! we serve it on a multigrain bun topped with chipotle/lime mayo, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, avocado, caramelized onions and sharp cheddar. Super delicious. (We freeze these uncooked and cook from thawed with great success)

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