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Spicy Black Bean Burgers Recipe

Updated on September 22, 2014

Nutritious and Incredibly Filling

Sometimes we just do not want meat. Black bean burgers gives the impression of meat without the meat. It looks like a real hamburger, can be cooked like a real hamburger, can be dressed like a real burger, and tastes just as good as real burger.

I have noticed it is a lot more filling than ground beef. It is impossible to eat more than one of these babies. The following easy to make recipe allows for four servings that are high in protein, low in fat, and yummy.

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The Ingredients

  • 2 small jalapenos diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • One 19 oz can of black beans, lightly rinsed
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg


Adding the egg is important. It keeps everything from falling apart when cooking.

The Directions

Coarsely chop black beans with food processor (a pastry blender works in a pinch too). It should be chunky, not mushy. Add onions, egg and jalapenos.

In small bowl, mix bread crumbs with garlic powder and salt. Add to bean mixture and blend with spoon.

Shape mixture into four paddies. Apply to grill with your favorite barbecue sauce. I use an indoor grill with a preset temperature for ten minutes, turning after five.

Can also be done in pan on stove. I have not attempted cooking these on an outdoor grill as I'm not sure how well they would stay formed.

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The Indoor Grill

Having an indoor grill makes cooking on the fly simple. It is great for hot sandwiches or to grill meats (or black bean burgers) for one or two people. We use ours at least once a week.

Why You Should Eat Black Beans

From Burgers to Brownies!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @deforst: Enjoy! :D

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      deforst 4 years ago

      As a vegetarian I think Black Bean burgers are great! I have never been sure how to make them before, I have only bought bean burgers, but now I know they'll be no more processed bean will be homemade black bean burgers all the way!

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      Hmmm, bean burgers are delicious indeed! I usually make chickpea ones, but I eat 3 in a row hehehehe

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      GetAcneFree 4 years ago

      We just made our first black bean burgers tonight - SO good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Or make it vegan, subbing flax meal+water for the egg!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Sounds great! I'm going to grill some up. Appreciate the recipe. Thanks!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      OK ... I might give this a try. It had better be good ....

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      I love black bean burgers. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Looks tasty, don't forget the Bean-O!

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      Echo Phoenix 6 years ago


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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea for a burger, if you did want a little meat maybe throw in some ground turkey in the mix and some fresh spinach leaves on top, a dash of shredded pepper jack cheese and kapow! Instant heart burn, I mean mouth watering delight. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've never had a black bean burger but will go with your recommendation and recipe. You are so right, I just don't always care to have meat and this is probably a healthier protein choice.

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      TechDad 7 years ago

      Simple and (hopefully) tasty! Will try!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What are the nutrition states ??

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Oh, yummy!! I will try this recipe without a doubt. Lensrolling, fav' and High 5 stars!!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: I completely disagree "me". Mixing them in a separate bowl helps blend the ingredients so you don't end up with part of the burger being more garlicky or salty or whatnot than another. Feel free to use a dirty bowl.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There's no need to mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Why do recipes always try to make you do extra, unnecessary steps? I think it's a plot by the dish detergent people because using the extra bowl is just something to wash.

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      Cherry-Ambition 8 years ago from U.S.

      Yay, more vegetarian/vegan recipes! Oh, for anyone who is allergic to eggs (like me), I think you can actually replace the eggs with tofu in the recipe above. I do that for other recipes, and use egg replacement for baking.

      I'm gonna look through all the recipes later. For now, I'm favoriting this and giving it 5*.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      guitar for dumm 8 years ago

      I made these. Freakin awesome! Nice lens.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I'd not heard of black bean burgers -- but since hubby loves those beans so much, I will definitely have to give your recipe a try!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      I love black beans. This is yet one more delicious (I am guessing) way to enjoy them. I'll definitely give them a try. And tomorrow sound like a good time.

      Lensrolling this to my Laftover food-related lens.

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      These look delicious! I'm going to try them this evening!

      I'd love for you to join Vegetarian Bean Recipes!

      5 stars!

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I highly recommend the Pumpkin Soup recipe marked under More Black Bean Recipes. Totally awesome if you love curry!

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      Tarra99 9 years ago DH will love these! Thanks!

      ...and thanks for visiting and commenting on my Scrabble tile pendant lens

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      angelmk 9 years ago

      hmmm...i think these burgers are best so i will try to do some of them

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      I think these burgers sound yummy and I'm going to make them. I also think the smokey corn and black bean pizza will be a winner...great lens.