Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply looking for more meatless meal ideas in the name of better health, Black Bean Burgers are a great staple to have at your disposal. I’ve found that they’re so easy and fun to make that I’m kicking myself for all the money I’ve shelled out for frozen patties over the years. I’m even kicking myself harder for all the hamburgers I’ve devoured. Black Bean Burgers honestly do satisfy the burger cravings most of us get from time to time.
The basic recipe below is great, as is, but you can add other ingredients to give it your own signature flavor. Also experiment with your condiments. Salsa, Picante Sauce, Avocados, and Spinach are just a few healthy ways to give your black bean burgers EVEN more personality. Also be sure to experiment with different cheeses. The right cheese can be a real game changer.
Homemade Black Bean Burgers
1 can (19 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup plain rolled oats
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp vegetable oil
- Place half the beans in a food processor along with the oats, garlic, egg, cumin, and pepper. Process until well mixed. Add remaining beans and pulse until they’re combined into the mixture. Form into 6 patties. Alternate Method: You can simply use a fork to mix everything up before forming your patties. Personally, I actually prefer the fork method because I like for my black beans to be seen.
- Spray a large skillet with Olive Oil spray (or brush on a little Olive Oil from a bottle). After pre-heating the skillet, cook your black bean patties until firm – usually a few minutes each side.
- Optional: Add a little salt to your patties.
Black Bean Burgers are fantastic on lightly toasted buns. Dress them as you would your favorite burger. I’ve found that Stone Ground Mustard, fresh tomatoes, and Romaine Lettuce are extra, extra delicious on black bean burgers. They also get along remarkably well with sliced avocado. HEAVEN.
Get as creative with the ingredients you put in your black bean burgers as you are the ingredients you put on your burgers. Below are a few additions that can change the entire flavor of these black bean burgers – you can make them Southwestern, Italian, American… the possibilities are endless… and delicious… and healthy.
- sweet onion
- red onion
- roasted red pepper
- green chilies (well drained)
- roasted corn
- onion powder
- red pepper flakes
Black Bean Burgers are also delicious on tortilla wraps or in pita bread pockets with Sloppy Joe sauce. Then again, there’s a lot to be said for eating them with a fork – add a little salsa, picante sauce, or steak sauce and dive in.