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simple black bean burgers

A simple post for a simple recipe.

I was in a pinch to make dinner last night with a fairly empty kitchen.  I didn’t just want to throw together scraps and call it a meal.  Sometimes that totally works and is nice and easy but it’s been happening a bit too frequently.  I wanted a meal, instead of 4-5 disjointed foods cooked separately + thrown on a plate.


Veggie burgers are about the greatest thing ever.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand that it takes to make a batch of burgers.

It’s not that other burger recipes are too involved, it’s just that this recipe is less involved.

No food processor.

No cooking quinoa, millet, or potatoes to bulk them up and add texture.

No eggs or breadcrumbs for binding.

But not to worry, they have one of my favorite veggie burger textures ever and are easily packed into patty form.

You’ll need a fork, a bowl, a pan, and the ingredients you see below.  To help bind this burger together I used a surprise ingredient.  Almond butter!  It worked like a charm.


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Simple Smoky Black Bean Burgers [yields 6 patties] vegan/gf

revised 2/21/2013

  • 1 3/4 cups black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup roasted corn
  • 4-6 tablespoons partially ground [gluten free] oats
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or tahini
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne [optional]
  • 1-2 tablespoon oil for cooking
  1. In a small pan over medium-high heat add 1 tsp of oil and once hot add your corn [fresh or frozen].
  2. Cook for 5-7 minutes until golden brown, stirring every minute or so.  Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl combine the black beans and almond butter and mash with a fork until about 2/3 of the beans are mashed. 
  4. Add in the onion, corn, seeds, garlic, and all of the spices.  Gently mix until combined.
  5. Add in the partially ground oats and mix gently to combine.  Avoid mashing and over-mixing.
  6. At this point the mixture should form a sticky dough that can be formed between your palms into patties.  Compact into a ball and then carefully flatten in between your palms, cupping/pressing the edges until a firm patty is formed.
  7. Place a large pan or flat griddle over medium heat with 1-2 Tbsp oil. 
  8. Form the mixture into 6 medium patties, about 3/4 – 1” thick.  Tightly packed.
  9. Place them in the pan [avoiding overcrowding] and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until golden brown.  Make sure your heat is not above medium and possibly even a touch below.  You may need to cook them in two batches.  If they’re placed too tightly together it makes them hard to flip.
  10. Flip carefully and cook on the other side for another 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Serve with your favorite salsa, cheese, avocado, and/or the topping below.

notes:  It’s important that the onion is finely diced to avoid large pieces that won’t hold well in the burger.  To partially grind oats, place rolled oats [certified GF if needed] in a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, magic bullet, etc. and grind them about half-way to flour.  If your burgers are not holding together try mashing the mixture more and/or adding 1 more tablespoon of almond butter or tahini.

Tomato Corn Pepper Topping

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt + pepper
  1. Set a medium size pan over medium heat with the oil.
  2. Once hot cook the pepper for 2-3 minutes, then add the corn and cook for another 5-7 minutes until starting to brown.  Stir frequently.
  3. Add the tomatoes, smoked paprika, salt + pepper and cook for about 3 minutes until some of the tomato liquid cooks off.
  4. Serve on top of burgers.

The easiest and possibly best tasting veggie burger in my lineup. 

As always, I recommend doubling the recipe for quick + easy leftovers.



Reader Comments (37)

These look so delicious! I've been wanting to try making my own veggie burgers for a long time, but I never seem to get around to it. I eat a lot of the store bought frozen ones, and they're OK, but I'm sure these are a million times better. This recipe looks so easy - I think I'll have to give it a try.

Ashley--> Thanks, Kerry! These are easily freezable if you make a double batch. Cook them about 75% of the way, let cool, then wrap them tightly in saran, then foil, then put in a freezer bag. Thaw in the fridge then cook in pan until hot in the center. Enjoy!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
I love the sompl
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I love the simplicity! Bean burgers can be so much effort more!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
These look so tasty! Yum!
Yes! I just so happened to be on a search for a black bean burger recipe so this came at a perfect time! :) These look so good.

Ashley--> Perfect! Let me know what you think!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Simple, yet creative! Sounds very yummy!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim@hungryhealthygirl
The texture of those burgers looks awesome!!!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
The less involved the better! :)

Ashley--> That's what I'm saying!! Especially with this heat!
WOW! These days I just can't be bothered to spend a ton of time in the kitchen... I really have no excuse for that either! I love how easy this looks, and I know that coming from you the flavors would be spot on!
Easy AND delicious! It seriously doesn't get better than that!!!
Yay, no food processor! (Er, I don't have a food processor...) I would never have thought to use almond butter as a binding agent--ingenious!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
You pretty much just described my kitchen half of the time: throwing together random foods and calling it a meal. I am totally making these this week! I'm thinking I may use tahini because I don't have almond butter!

Ashley--> Tahini will be deelicious!
I have such trouble getting homemade veggie burgers to form patties (and stay that way)--yours look so perfect! Must be the almond butter, huh? :)

Ashley--> Veggie burgers can be a little tricky and it can take some playing around. It's really important to make sure any veggies or additions are finely diced, like onion. If your ingredients are too wet that can also cause problems with them falling apart but the opposite [too dry] can also have the same effect. I hope these work out for you if you give them a go!
These sound great! I love the addition of the almond butter. Genius. Do you have a 'pin it' button? I couldn't find one... ;-(

Ashley--> I don't have a "pin it" button embedded in my blog, but you can easily add one to your bookmark bar, then click on the title of my post [so it's directed back to this specific post], and then click the "pin it" button on your bookmark bar while on my page. Here's a link for you!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Homemade veggie burgers are so much better than anything I've found in the frozen food section. These smoky ones look delicious!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Vegology
I have an overwhelming love for black bean burgers. And while I just bought a box of the Morningstar Chipotle variety the size of my head, I think I need to make these immediately.

Ashley--> I hope you do and I hope you love them!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
What a great idea to use almond butter to bind the burgers together! I am always happier to eat a big, flavorful veggie burger rather than a regular one. These are ones to add to my list!

Ashley--> Thanks, Dara! I hope they're a keeper for you!
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCookin' Canuck
Great recipe ! Love the simplicity! Hope you are great!

Ashley--> Thanks so much, lovely! I hope you are great as well!
July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Hostess
These look great! Can't go wrong with bean burgers :D
So funny: I'm about to post a burger recipe that's quite different, but similarly "uninvolved." Great recipe!

Ashley--> Awesome! I'm heading over to check it out now!
July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGena
I love that these don't require cooked grains or potatoes. That always turns me off from trying a recipe, because of the extra time required!
July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa
Great simple recipe just the kind of wholesome food you need to achieve weight loss the sensible way.
July 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterreid114
I gave it a shot with tahini --> it was AWESOME! Check out my attempt here:
Oh my days, these were incredible. I was making sweet potato fries to go with them so was lazy and threw these in the oven to bake at the same time as the fries :) SO GOOD. All nommers requested the recipe, these are going to be a staple!
August 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnenny
i felt in love with your other black bean burger but it did require quite a bit of ingredients and a tad bit time consuming! However, it was GREAT! Now....this is another recipe I must try! Thanks for posting these great recipes!
September 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradelina
@Adelina - Thanks for the feedback on the first black bean burger. I agree it's a bit time consuming. Hope you enjoy this easier recipe!!
September 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Have just arrived here via Pinterest (thanks to Diane Cu....) and I really appreciate the recipes + photography.
Thanks for sharing! The almond butter is a 'must have' in my pantry, this is another way I could use it!!!!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta
was looking for something good last night and came across this recipe. I did it with some little twist and for the first time I actually really enjoy a black bean burger! I'm glad I discovered your side I am more of a flexitarian then a vegan but I really enjoy having that variety and it helped me reduce my meat consummation. I'll come back!
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarine
I made these today for my weekly food prep and I must say, they are really great! I love the simplicity. The almond butter really adds something special. Nice work, Ashley!
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda
@Roberta - Thanks so much for saying hello! Hope you enjoy the burgers. :)

@Karine - I'm so glad to hear you loved the burgers! I'm not vegan, either, but do eat/make a lot of vegan meals. :) Glad you are liking what you see on the blog so far. Thanks!

@Ananda - Happy to hear this! Thanks so much for letting me know. :)
February 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
These look amazing- I looove the idea of tahini in burgers! aloha, a
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
What can I use I place of almond butter?
April 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris
@Kris - Feel free to sub tahini or sunflower seed butter in place of almond butter.
April 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
These were incredible . My incredibly picky 6 year old even ate a black bean burger for dinner tonight without any fuss. It's a small miracle! The tomato corn pepper topping was so complimentary to the burger. Thank you for the inspiration.
April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
@Aimee - It always makes me so happy to hear when kids enjoy a recipe I've made, especially if they're picky eaters. Glad this was a hit for everyone!
April 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I just made these burgers last night for our 4th of July dinner. They were fantastic! I love how simple, and healthful they are. You have a beautiful blog Ashley, and I'm looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing these!
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
I made these tonight and I really loved them. I used an egg instead of the nut/seed butter and added some chopped cilantro. Eaten with a knife and fork with guacamole and sour cream as toppings, with sauteed kale/mustard greens and peppers and onions on the side. As with all your recipes, this one is a keeper :)
June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

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