With this amazing plant-based Black Bean Burger, you don't have to miss out on the classic burger experience ever again! Enjoy a juicy and flavorful patty made with healthy ingredients such as paprika, mustard, tomato paste, miso and more. Its texture is perfect - soft but not too soggy in the center and crispy yummy from outside.
Plus, it's completely oil free AND gluten-free! Say goodbye to falling apart burgers forever; satisfy your craving for an excellent one that will remain intact when lifted.... Bon appétit!!
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A quick list of the simple ingredients you will need to make homemade black bean burgers.
You can find the ingredients with quantities and the recipe to print out on the recipe card below.
- Black beans or kidney beans, drained
- yellow onion
- cloves garlic
- tomato paste
- pecans or walnuts
- oat flour
- Flax Seed, grounded (flax egg in place of eggs)
- soy sauce or tamari
- liquid smoke or smoked paprika
- miso paste or 1 tsp. Marmite
- pepper, ground white
- paprika, sweet
- turmeric, ground
- ginger, ground
- Cayenne pepper powder
- chipotle powder
- Dijon mustard
- cumin powder
- allspice powder
- marjoram dried
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
Drain the black beans and rinse briefly. Place the black beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast briefly in the oven. Bake them for about 15 min at 212 F (100 °C).
In the meantime, cut the onion and garlic into very fine cubes, which I gladly use my little chopper for. While the beans are roasting in the oven, sauté the onions and garlic briefly in a pan until golden brown.
Remove the black beans from the oven and mash them roughly with a potato masher. We want to have some rough pieces of beans and not just purée.
Add all the remaining ingredients and knead them by hand into a homogeneous dough. Shape 5-6 patties
You can bake the burgers in the oven, grill or fry in a pan. I roast / bake each side for about 5-10 min until they are firm enough to flip.
Hint: You can also use the pulse function of your food processor to mash the black beans.
Shape and cook black bean meatballs
The size of the patties is flexible. Just make them as big or as small as you want them to be.
I like to make 5-6 burgers out of the patty mixture or even smaller ones for parties. I like to use a ⅓ cup of my American measuring cups. I think that size is best.
You can bake or grill the burgers, further down I'll go back to the procedure.
You can also just prepare and freeze the burgers.
I bake before freezing the patties for about 5 min and then freeze them first one by one and when they are frozen, I put them in a silicon ziploc bag.The frozen burgers are perfect for baking / grilling or roasting.
How to grill vegan burgers with black beans?
If you are worried that the burgers will stick on the grill, you can pre-cook the black bean patties in the oven or air fryer for about 10 minutes.
Just bake at 350° C (175° C). Put the burgers on a hot outdoor grill or pan, so the vegan patties get a crust and do not fall apart.
Just put so many burgers to fit in a pan, and that they have enough space to cook through and to flip. Roast the burgers that do not fit in the pan on the next go-around or use a second pan.
If you have the burgers on the grill, let them grill for about 5-10 minutes before you turn them.
This makes the burger firmer and easier to flip them. Please note that vegetarian burgers fall apart easier than "normal" meat burgers. Therefore, be careful when flipping them.
Use two forks or a spatula and a fork.
The burgers are ready when they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
- Black Beans: To make homemade veggie burgers, you can also use kidney beans or pinto beans.
- Garlic: Instead of fresh garlic, you can also use garlic powder.
- yellow onion: Instead of a yellow onion, you substitute with red onion.
- Seasoning: You can always adjust the seasoning to your own taste. Adding chili powder, BBQ sauce, hot sauce and so on.
- Oat Flour: You can also make your own oat flour with rolled oats. For gluten-free patties, use gluten-free oats.
- Veggies: You can always add some other veggies to make delicious veggie burgers. Like finely diced bell peppers.
- Lemon Juice: Add some fresh lemon juice or lime juice to your black bean patty.
- Classic burger with burger sauce, slice of tomato, onions, cucumbers
- Mediterranean burger with basil hummus and vegetables
- Fried Mushrooms
- Hawaiian burger with pineapple
- Vegan Mayo
Serving Ideas for Leftover Burgers
- Prepare a delicious salad with the burgers for a healthy meal. It is also perfect for a meal prep.
- We like to eat these bean patties to potatoes and creamed kohlrabi or other vegetables.
- Prepare a Buddha Bowl with these black bean patties for an easy meal.
Prepare this vegan burger recipe and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
The patties also taste amazing cold.
If you prepare a larger quantity, you can also freeze the burgers. So you always have a delicious healthy alternative on hand.
- If you let the black beans dry in the oven beforehand, the black beans will not taste mushy afterward in the burgers. This step is optional and does not have to be done.
- Sauté the onions in advance to get an even more intense taste. This gives the burger its unique flavor, and this is the basis for the other spices.
- Pay attention when pressing the beans that you do not crush all, we want rough pieces in the patties.
- In order to get a proper taste in a veggie burger, we need spices. Spices are the nuts and bolts to flavor a dish.
- If you put the burger patties in the freezer for about 30 minutes before frying, then they keep their shape better when roasting or frying.
- Let the black bean burgers first simmer for about 5 minutes on one side before you flip the burger, so it holds its shape better.
- Depending on how well you drain the beans, you will need more or less oat flour. Slowly add the oat flour when mixing.
- The burger should be a bit damp / wet, but not too much.
- If you like thicker burgers, then just prepare 4 patties instead of 6. The middle of the Black Bean Burger remains a bit soft.
- I like to use two forks to flip the patties. Just see what works best for you.
Black bean burgers are healthier than traditional, high-fat burgers, especially those from a restaurant. Black beans are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and they have a much lower fat and cholesterol content than traditional meat burgers.
For example, black beans are supposed to:
Strengthen the bones
to protect the heart, thanks to the quercetin and saponins found in the beans
reduce high blood pressure
protect against cancer
ensure good digestion
help with weight loss
Oat Flour and pecan - grains, almond flour or other nut flours help to ensure that the patties do not fall apart.
Watch out for gluten-free oats if you eat gluten-free.
Tomato paste - Tomatoes are not only a natural flavor enhancer, but also help ensure that the burger patty does not fall apart.
Flaxseed or chia seeds - these seeds also help keep the burgers from falling apart while searing.
Flaxseed and chia seeds are often used as an egg substitute in vegan cuisine, and they still provide you with omega 3.