Sandwiches Vegetarian

Blue Ribbon Black Bean Burgers

If you haven’t already guessed by the name of these black bean burgers, they are a MAJOR winner when it comes to pleasing palates. These vegetarian burger patties rival the meaty taste, texture, and savory flavor of even the best meat-based burgers. My kids love these, and so do my meat-loving friends. 

I know, I can already hear you murmuring under your breath about how veggie burgers are usually dry and tasteless. You’re not wrong, which is why you should make your own black bean burgers at home. I can’t tell you how much better these are when you make them yourself. In fact, they are absolutely fantastic in the flavor department and super easy, quick, and inexpensive to make. You may find yourself swapping out meat burgers for these black bean beauties more and more because you will love them .


2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

⅔  c. quick oats

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 c. onion, finely chopped

¾ c. red bell peppers, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 eggs

1 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari

1 Tbsp. sriracha or ketchup

¼ c. feta crumbles

½ c. shredded cheddar

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the beans on a baking sheet for 10 minutes, or until slightly dry.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Remove from heat. 

In a food processor, process the oats until they are the consistency of breadcrumbs. Then add the onion mixture, cumin, garlic powder, eggs, soy sauce, sriracha, cheese, salt and pepper. Pulse until combined. Add the beans and pulse until combined. The beans should still be chunky. 

Form the mixture into patties (about 6-8 total). Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes and then flip. Cook for 10 more minutes, or until firm but not dry. 

Serve on a bun. Top with cheese, fried eggs, or your favorite burger toppings.

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