First Published: June 11,2008… Last Updated: June 20, 2020

Spicy Black Bean Burgers are made with mashed black beans, a blend of herbs and spices, peppers, and corn kernels. They are shaped and dusted with a little flour to create a crust on the burger, then fried in a skillet with a little oil.

Spicy Black Bean Burger on a slider roll

These are excellent for slider sized sandwiches. They can be enjoyed piled with your favorite toppings, but I personally love these on a toasted slider roll with a pile of homemade garlic dill pickles!

How I came upon this Black Bean Burger Recipe

I used belong to a cooking forum that was a group of friends I had made online that loved to make and share recipes. One of those members shared this Black Bean Burger Recipe and after I tried it, I knew I had to blog it.

I asked if I could publish her recipe here and was given permission. However, over the years I developed the recipe to lean include more of the flavors that we love. This black bean burger is so delicious with just the right amount of spice to it and has become a family favorite that we all enjoy often.

frying the bean burger in the skillet

What You Need To Make This Recipe

Canned Black Beans

Fresh Oregano

Fresh Cilantro

Garlic Cloves

Red Bell Pepper

Jalapeno Peppers

Frozen Corn

Bread Crumbs

Chili Powder: I love the dark chili powder the best and I use this brand.

Cumin Powder: Cumin give this black bean burger the distinct flavor that I love. If you can’t tolerate cumin (or cilantro flavors), it is ok to leave this out. This is the brand I use.

Large non-stick skillet

Spicy Black Bean Burger in a slider roll with the bun top on top of the burger

Tips and Substitutions

  • Drain and rinse the black beans before using
  • Use a potato masher (I recommend a potato masher like this one) to mash the black beans. Mash them enough to allow them to start breaking down, but not into a paste
  • Use 1 teaspoon dried oregano for the fresh oregano
  • If you want to keep it lower fat, use cooking spray in place of the olive oil
  • Substitute fresh corn kernels for the frozen corn.

Serving Suggestions

  • Make your own flavored mayonnaise to serve over top of these Spicy Black Bean Burgers. Mix 1/4 mayonnaise to 1-2 teaspoons horseradish for a creamy horseradish mayonnaise.
  • Serve like you would a regular burger topped with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup.
  • Use the Black Bean Burger as a base for a spicy eggs benedict.
  • Make black bean burger tacos!

Other vegetarian recipes you may enjoy

Vegetarian Patties with Marinara Sauce

Tofu Burgers

Coconut Curry Tofu Bowl

General Tso’s Tofu

Marinated Tofu Salad

Mom’s Vegetarian Meatballs

BBQ Veggie Pulled Pork Potato Skins

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Spicy Black Bean Burger Recipe

A black bean burger recipes with a nice spice and veggie flavor that is a delicious vegan recipe.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red pepper diced
  • 2 15.5 ounce black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 c frozen corn niblets
  • 1/2 c Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c flour

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the onion, garlic, oregano, red bell pepper, and jalapeno in 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften and become translucent. Add the corn and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the fresh oregano and cilantro and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash the black beans. Stir in the pepper mixtures. Add the breadcrumbs, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Shape 1/4 cup of bean mixture into patties.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Lightly coat the black bean burgers with a dusting of flour. Place the burger patty in the hot skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until patties have browned and have heated through.

Notes

Tips and Substitutions

  • Drain and rinse the black beans before using
  • Use a potato masher to mash the black beans. Mash them enough to allow them to start breaking down, but not into a paste
  • Use 1 teaspoon dried oregano for the fresh oregano
  • If you want to keep it lower fat, use cooking spray in place of the olive oil
  • Substitute fresh corn kernels for the frozen corn.

Serving Suggestions

  • Make your own flavored mayonnaise to serve over top of these Spicy Black Bean Burgers. Mix 1/4 mayonnaise to 1-2 teaspoons horseradish for a creamy horseradish mayonnaise.
  • Serve like you would a regular burger topped with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup.
  • Use the Black Bean Burger as a base for a spicy eggs benedict.
  • Make black bean burger tacos!

Nutrition

Serving: 1large burger or 2 slider sized burgers | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 552mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

9 Comments

  1. Vickie LeBlanc June 11, 2008 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Oooooo, this sounds like my kind of burger fixin. Seeing I don’t eat meat, I’m always on the lookout for meatless dishes. I don’t really go for those store-bought “fake meat” food items.

  2. noble pig June 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    These look yummylicious and healthy to boot. Thanks for sharing them!

  3. Barbara Bakes June 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Did Grumpy eat these? They look pretty close to delicious Mexican food to me. 🙂

  4. Kevin June 13, 2008 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Those black bean burgers sound like a refreshing change in burgers.

  5. Elle June 16, 2008 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Those look delicious! Nice recipe.

  6. Carol April 1, 2010 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Mmmm – yummy! These look a lot like a black bean cake that I make. Mine have cilantro and corn meal in them and are dredged in the corn meal too instead of flour – I might try the flour the next time and see if it makes them any crispier. Maybe a flour/cornmeal mix!

  7. Anonymous April 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    These were delicious! The whole family loved them including two lil ones and meat-all-the-way hubby,thank you for sharing your recipe! Any suggestions for toppings?

  8. Shelby April 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    I'm glad your family enjoyed them! I have had them topped with a Mango Salsa that took them over the top for me. The sweet and heat together compliment really well. To make a mango salsa, chop two mangos, 1 jalapeno pepper, 1/4 cup finely diced red onion, juice of 1 lime (use two if the lime is not real juicy), and about 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Yum!

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