Sunday, August 7, 2011

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers.  Hello, where have these been all my life?!  You will never know that these are vegetarian burgers.  They are full of good-for-you stuff, won’t leave you feeling bad about having a “burger.”  They will leave you satisfied and fully convinced that meat-free eating is not so bad!  Admittedly, I was a little worried about these because I’m kind of a texture person and the texture of beans sometimes thoroughly gives me the creeps.  However, these won me over after they were filled with flavor and nutrition!

I’m lucky to have a husband who loves veggies and has never minded a vegetarian meal.  Neither of us are vegetarians, we don’t have food allergies and we don’t really restrict our food intake.  We find that having a diverse menu helps us not get burned out.  We eat in most of the time, we save money and calories and we have a wide variety of favorites.  This is a new favorite; that is certain.

This is a quick “throw together” meal.  By that, I mean that you can interchange lots of spices, seasonings and sauces to make this work with what you have on hand.  I usually keep black beans in the cabinet so it’s easy to turn to this as a last minute meal when nothing has been planned.  An added perk to this recipe is that it’s super inexpensive!  I made some sweet potato “fries” and green beans and served the burgers up with some whole-wheat buns, Sriracha mayonnaise, avocado, fresh baby spinach and sliced tomato.


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Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Yield: 6 burgers


2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed well
1/2 cup corn (I used frozen and thawed it)
3 Tbs. ketchup
1 Tbs. soy sauce
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. Sriracha
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 – 3/4 cup bread crumbs (I wanted to use Panko but we were out so I used regular bread crumbs; Panko would be better)
1 Tbs. canola or olive oil (for cooking the burgers)

Sriracha Mayonnaise:
1/2 cup mayonnaise (we prefer Hellman’s)
1 tsp. Sriracha (more or less to taste, this stuff is spicy!)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over medium heat until soft and fragrant and they begin to caramelize. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the beans. I used a pastry cutter but two forks would work. I wanted to leave some whole but also wanted some smashed up. You could smash them as much or as little as you wish. Add the corn, ketchup, soy sauce, cumin, cayenne, Sriracha, cilantro, salt and pepper and stir well. Stir in the onion and garlic mixture and fold in the breadcrumbs until the mixture holds together but is still moist. Form into 6 patties and refrigerate for 10 minutes. (The recipe made 6 large patties; it could easily be halved and made into 3 large patties or 4 smaller patties.)

Heat 1 tablespoon of canola or olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Fry the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side until they are crispy and golden. Alternately, you could bake the burgers at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until heated through. They won’t get as crispy but you’ll cut down the fat content a little.

Combine all three Sriracha mayonnaise ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Add more Sriracha if your taste buds prefer and serve as a dipping sauce for the fries and as a condiment for the burgers.

PS – the leftovers were just as delicious!



55 Responses to “Spicy Black Bean Burgers”

  1. #
    Bev Weidner — August 7, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    L.O.V.E. BB burgs! Nicely done!

  2. #
    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef — August 7, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    i made jenna's version last week and they were delish! i love the siracha mayo idea… i'll have to try that in the future!

  3. #
    Curt — August 7, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Not the same as my bean burgers with refried beans, but these are a very healthy alternative to beef, that's for sure.

    And I know black beans are very tasty. I love the addition of corn in there. Great recipe!

  4. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 7, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Cassie! These look so good! I love black beans a lot. And I like that you can add or change ingredients a bit here. But I wouldn't substitute the corn!!! Yum! : )

  5. #
    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — August 7, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    Oh, goodness…I'm totally loving this recipe! I'm going to try it soon…my hubby just told me the other day that he'd try black bean burgers and I was floored! I'm going to bookmark this one!

  6. #
    *Girl From Scratch — August 7, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Love new vegetarian options! Can't wait to try these:-)

  7. #
    Promise — August 7, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    These look great. I recently made Turkey-Black bean burgers, but it's great to have a completely vegeterian option.

  8. #
    Angie's Recipes — August 7, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    This might even persuade my carnivore husband! Looks so good!

  9. #
    The Culinary Lens — August 7, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    healthy and tasty what more can you ask for. Perfect for meatless mondays

  10. #
    carlyklock — August 7, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    It's official. We're going to get along just famously. You're a mayonnaise person (and Hellman's is the best!).

    This is important since we'll be spending 2 nearly 10 hour days trapped in a car together. 🙂

    I'm a speedy (BUT EXTREMELY SAFE) driver, so I'm going to do my best to shave that down to 8.

  11. #
    Sandra — August 7, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    I never tried black bean burger, but will have to whip some up soon! Those look divine and mouthwatering!!

  12. #
    Five Finicky Eaters — August 7, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Wonderful! I love that the ingredient are in my pantry. We will try your recipe out.

  13. #
    Julia — August 7, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Ahh, bean burgers. They look yummy! I am a big fan but I still haven't made my own yet.

  14. #
    Alida — August 7, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    Love that these are spicy and healthy! They look incredible. I bet they taste delicious. Definitely going to add this to the upcoming menu.

  15. #
    Manu — August 7, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    I have never had black bean burger but it looks even better than a beef burger to me! I love anything spicy! And healthy is a BIG plus here! Love this recipe! Thank you!

  16. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 7, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    These are one of my favorite vegetarian options…especially because my husband loves them too! 🙂

  17. #
    DD — August 7, 2011 @ 11:01 pm
  18. #
    Yasmeen — August 8, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    You know, I'll have to give these a try. We have a similar food philosophy in our house – not restricted to any particular diet, but we love variety. Great share!

  19. #
    Kristen — August 8, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Oh how I love black beans. I've made a half ground turkey half black bean burger before but never an entirely vegetarian burger. Can't wait to try these!

  20. #
    Lolly — August 8, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    MMM… I love black bean burgers and the addition of corn makes them even better!

  21. #
    Lizzy — August 8, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    These look marvelous!!! So healthy and flavorful~

  22. #
    meeshiesmom — August 8, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Haven't had a black bean burger in ages, thanks for the reminder.

  23. #
    alexis @There She Goes — August 8, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    siracha mayo!!! yummmm 🙂

  24. #
    Carolyn — August 8, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    These look like truly fantastic black bean burgers. Love them!

  25. #
    Jill @ Dulce Dough — August 8, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    I just may have to give black bean burgers a try! Yours look fantastic and I love the combo of flavors that are mixed in. And the Sriracha mayonnaise? Yum!

  26. #
    Jennifer — August 8, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    They look real. Awesome!

  27. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 8, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    I pretty much adore black bean burgers! This looks so great! I need to make these ASAP

  28. #
    Britne @ Shabbott's Habits — August 8, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    I love veggie burgers but I've never made them before. I've been on the hunt for a good recipe and these look right up my alley. Plus, I think I have everything in the pantry! Can't wait to try them!

  29. #
    kitchenarian — August 8, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    It's been a long time since I have had black bean burgers. These look so good; I have to make these soon.

  30. #
    Ann — August 8, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    These look delicious! I also LOVE your toppings! I, too, have a veggie loving husband – I may have to try these on him!

  31. #
    Tina — August 8, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    These look so packed with flavor, I do not think I would miss the meat. Black beans are one of my more preferred veggies-bookmarked. Thanks for sharing.

  32. #
    Chef Dennis — August 9, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    I'm not a vegetarian either but do enjoy delicious food no matter how its made, and that burger looks delicious! I do have quite a few vegetarians at school I know they would love these!

  33. #
    dinnerordessert — August 9, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    mmm I love black bean burgers but hate when they are mushy. These look great, I am adding these to my must-try list!

  34. #
    claire — August 9, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    I just made black bean burgers last night and posted about it today!

  35. #
    kita — August 9, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Im not sure I could ever convince Handsome to try (let alone admit they are good) one of these, but I certainly want to! It sounds great!

  36. #
    Kim Bee — August 9, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    In all my unbridled enthusiasm I think I forgot to stop by and say congrats on top 9. So well deserved. I am trying that srirachi sauce tonight, took me about 2 weeks to find it here locally. Hate living in boonieland.

  37. #
    cyndeehule — August 9, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    These look wonderful! I might just have to make these soon, and give you all the genius credit on my website!!

  38. #
    Mandy @ Cater to Me — August 9, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    Never had black bean burger before but you make them looks awesome! I am always looking for (tasty) meat replacements because I'm not a big red meat fan, so this + the Sriracha mayo looks perfect!

  39. #
    CJ @ — August 11, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    omg i want this right now. That looks so fantastic! way better than the frozen variety:-)

  40. #
    Athena — August 15, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    I just made these over the weekend, and they are quite delicious. They have so much flavor. As a matter of fact, I'm having a leftover for lunch today. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  41. #
    Jessica — February 29, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    These are amazing! My husband loves meat and he even loves these burgers!! I used greek yogurt in place of the mayonaise and it not only tasted great but has no fat. These burgers are a must-try 🙂

  42. #
    darrelle — April 13, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    My two year old wouldn’t even let me cook them first. I had warmed them up a bit in the microwave to help the beans smush so I just let him have it. He came back for thirds. 🙂

  43. #
    Laurel — August 9, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I came back from camping to roommates who decided to go vegan over night so this is supper tonight. We don’t have any sriracha so I added a diced jalapeno from the garden in with the onion and garlic.

  44. #
    Amanda — October 25, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Best black bean burgers ever! Added some left over white rice and less siracha. Amazing!

  45. #
    Christi — April 25, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    Made these tonight. They were FANTASTIC! The whole family loved them. Much tastier than beef in my book! Thanks for sharing!


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