Spicy Black Bean Burgers

June 12, 2011


Here’s a little something you may not know about me- I’m in a book club. That’s right. And I read like it’s my job. Not only for book club but I’ll pretty much read anything I can get my hands on- averaging about a book a week (we don’t have cable, boooo). I had zero time to read for pleasure during law school so I guess you could say I’m making up for lost time. I recently finished The Paris Wife (worth every tear) and now I’m reading Run (for book club).

The reason I mentioned book club is because at last month’s meeting, the host made the tastiest black bean burgers I’ve ever eaten. I’m always on the prowl for good vegetarian burger recipes so I had to have this one. Turns out it was just a little something she found on All Recipes and whipped up in no time. Impressive! Needless to say, I got to work right away recreating this dish with my own twist.

Ingredients: (Makes about 4 burgers) Adapted from All Recipes

1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 red pepper, chopped 

1/2 onion, cut into wedges

3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

1 egg

a small handful of cilantro, finely chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 Tablespoon Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)

1 cup panko bread crumbs (divided)

2 Tablespoons olive or canola oil

Burger buns and all your favorite condiments


In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork or a potato masher.


Use a food processor to chop the onion, garlic, and red pepper until very fine. Stir the mixture in with the beans.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the egg, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, Sriracha and cilantro.


Add to the bean mixture and combine well.


If the mixture has a lot of liquid, strain with a cheesecloth or let strain through a colander with very fine holes. Once the excess liquid has drained off, return the bean mixture to the bowl and stir in half the bread crumbs.

Use your hands to form the patties. Coat the outside of the burger patties in the remaining bread crumbs. Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Cook burgers in the pan until heated through and slightly browned on both sides.


To dress these burgers, you could stick with a southwest theme by topping them with salsa, avocado, hot sauce, and sour cream.

I went with a more classic approach. Lots of ketchup, spicy mustard, pickles and jalapenos. I think I have a jalapeno problem.


A mighty fine burger.


This is without a doubt one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever eaten. Thank you book club!


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Jeneva April 27, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Those burgers look delicious! Would the recipe work if you replaced the panko breadcrumbs with homemade breadcrumbs? Panko breadcrumbs are usually imported from overseas, so homemade breadcrumbs may have less of an environmental impact in terms of transportation.


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christina albert December 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Came across this on foodgawker. These were great! I had to use white beans because my black beans were soaked but not cooked. Still turned out great. The picture of the picture with all the toppings is killer. Thats what sold me on this recipe. All day i was dreaming about pickles on a veggie burger!


christina albert December 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

*The picture of the burger with all the toppings…


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

It’s hard to find a good veggie burger. I’m glad you like this recipe!


Jamie July 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I came across your website and the Spicy Black Bean Burgers was first on my list to make. I really enjoyed them. My husband was very impressed too. Can’t wait to make something else you have on your site. Thanks!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thanks, Jamie! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!


Simona June 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Love it! Your improvements are awesome, especially the panko. I can’t wait to try this!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 17, 2011 at 7:47 am

Oh, I hope you like it! And thanks again for sharing this recipe. Huge hit!


Mike June 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Tried these last night… Absolutely AMAZING.
Never thought I’d find a vegetarian burger as satisfying as the “real” thing. But this was it.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad you liked them. Thank you so much for letting me know. :)


Amy B @ Second City Randomness June 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I heart reading. It’s what I love doing during lunch as a way to get a mental break from work- that is, when I’m not running errands/running with friends/going crazy… :)


Allison @ Food For Healing June 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

i need to try making some bean burger, since it is summer and grilling season!


Mrs. Fish June 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

These look and sound amazing! I can’t wait to try them!


Sprouts of Spring June 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

The burger looks delicious and beans have loads of nutrition! Would love to try this out


Lisa {smartfoodandfit.com} June 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm

This burger looks amazing, it totally blows away the store bought brands! :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Thanks, Lisa! Yeah, I have yet to find a store bought veggie burger that I love. For me, homemade is the way to go.


LauraJayne June 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

During the summer I read at least a book a week too – and we have cable (or DirecTV) – it is totally my escape and I try to make up for the time during school when I don’t have time to think, let alone read for fun!


kate June 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

These look great I love the addition of siracha!


brandi June 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

they look great! we love Sriracha – so spicy :)


dana @ my little celebration June 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

1) Your blog is BEAUTIFUL.
2) Those burgers look amazing.
3) I LOVE sriracha sauce. So good.
4) Let’s be friends, OK?


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

Thank you, Dana! You are so sweet!


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

I LOVE black bean burgers! These look so good – I love all the stuff that you have in there!


jess white June 13, 2011 at 4:59 am

mmmm looks amazing! see, burgers can be healthy!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

they sure can! :)


Christopher E P June 13, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hi There,

Just wanted to drop by and say keep up the great work on your site.


Christopher E P


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

Why, thank you!


Homer June 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Me too!


Lauren June 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Can I come over for dinner? That looks delicious!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Anytime, lady! ;)


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