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Go-To Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

  • Author: Kelli McGrane
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Finally, a black bean patty that doesn’t fall apart. Made with pantry staples, you’ll have a healthy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes.


  • 2 slices whole grain, sourdough, or gluten-free bread
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans with no salt added, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten (for vegans, substitute 1 flax egg)
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or canola oil
  • 4 whole wheat or gluten-free burger buns
  • Toppings of choice


  1. Place bread slices in food processor and pulse until small crumbs form. Set aside.
  2. Add rinsed black beans to a medium-sized mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork.
  3. Add bread crumbs, beaten egg, onion, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  4. Form mixture into 4 patties and set aside.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once oil is hot, add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until browned on each side and heated through.
  6. Remove from pan. Place each patty on a bun and serve with toppings of choice.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: black bean, burger, vegetarian, meatless