Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

I don’t know if it’s the change of weather or what, but lately I have been kind of turned off by all meat except chicken and turkey, and even then, I’m just meh about it right now.

When I was in the 8th grade, I decided to become a vegetarian and stayed that way until my freshman year of college. I don’t know what it was, but the taste and texture of all meat just turned me off and I couldn’t eat it anymore. I did occasionally have tuna which I guess really made me a pescetarian, but whatever. It drove my family crazy as they always had to make special accommodations for me. I lived off of side dishes, salads, and veggie burgers.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

When I got to college though, I started thinking about giving chicken a try again. I was sitting around with some of my friends one night who were eating some fried chicken and it just smelled heavenly to me.  We were discussing getting an apartment together the following year so that we could get out of the dorms. I had also told them about my thoughts of eating meat again and that’s when they gave me an ultimatum.  They told me that I couldn’t live with them unless I tried to eat some chicken. I know, so rude…But, anyway, I did it. I couldn’t bear living in the dorms another year. I ate the chicken and they allowed me to live with them.

Despite bring meat back into my diet, I still typically eat vegetarian 2-3 times a week. Hubs wanted burgers for dinner the other night and while I was happy to oblige, I didn’t really want a beef burger. I wanted a black bean burger. A spicy black bean burger!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

While my husband is a total carnivore and wouldn’t touch one of these burgers, I can tell you that you really won’t miss the meat when you bite into one of these! The black beans get roughly chopped in the food processor which gives them a meaty texture. And a blend of spices add a great flavor and give the burger a nice kick!

These burgers cook best when frozen since it helps the burger stay together. But since you are freezing them, you can make a bunch at once and just pull one out whenever you want one. These are great for a quick lunch or for dinner with a side of veggies or fries. My favorite topping is just sliced avocado and some sriracha mayo!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Yield: 4 burgers

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Black Bean Burgers - So easy to make and delicious with a little (optional) kick! You won't even miss the meat! Freezes great for meal prepping too!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/3 medium yellow onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 can (15-ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sriracha (can adjust amount or leave out)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • toppings of your choice


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the onion wedges and chop. Pour in the black beans and pulse 2-3 times until the beans are just partially smashed (do not fully chop all of the beans).
  2. Pour the bean and onion mixture into a bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and the salt. Add the egg, spice mix, and the sriracha in with the bean mixture. Mix well. Stir in the panko crumbs until everything is well-combined. Form the mixture into four evenly-sized patties with your hands.
  3. Cut up some wax paper into 3 squares (about the size of the patties). Stack the patties, placing a square of the wax paper in between each patty and place into a freezer bag or container. Freeze for at least 2 hours before cooking.
  4. If using a grill pan, spray with non-stick spray. Cook the burger for about 7 minutes per side. You can also bake the burgers if desired (bake at 375, you may need to cook them for a little longer if baking, though I have not tried baking these yet).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 burger

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 798mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 11g

Estimates include one black bean patty and traditional hamburger bun. Does not include additional toppings.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers



  1. I’m a huge fan of black bean, this looks delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I love vego burgers and this looks so delicious and easy!! I will have to try it ASAP, maybe with a little sour cream and spicy homemade relish YUM… but I am keeping the avocado! Looks great!

  3. My Husband wouldn’t touch a black bean burger either, but I love them and you recipe sounds great! I already had dinner planned for tonight, but now I want a black bean burger! Your pictures have me drooling! I’m kind of a burger freak!!

  4. I’ve made a few different kinds of veggie burgers but I still shy way from black bean for some reason. I need to just go ahead and make these.

  5. We are the same personnnnnn. I’ve never gone super vegetarian, but I honestly loathe meat except for turkey. I feel bad when I eat beef, and it gives me trouble, anyway. And unless I’m really feeling pulled pork, I stay far away. Also, chunks of chicken freak me out — I usually only like it shredded. But turkey I go to tooooown on. And veggie burgers rule my life more than any other burger. I totally want this for lunch!!

  6. I have gone back and forth with being a vegetarian over the years as well. I think I’ve decided it’s not for me, but I try to make veggies a big part of my diet too.

    Every time I try to make bean burgers though, they come out too sticky! These look perfect, I’ll have to try this recipe.

  7. I was veg for about 3 years for the same reasons. The I hated having to cary the wieght of the lable. I just decided that if I want to eat meat, I’ll eat it. If I don’t I wont. I still love a good veggie burger, much better than a lot of meat burgers!

  8. YUM!!! I looooove black bean burgers! They are one of my go-to orders when I go out to eat. And ummm, I’ve probably asked you this before (because I’m obsessed), but have you been to Fez? They have literally the BEST black bean burger I’ve ever eaten! Also, they have cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries. Just sayin’…. ;)

  9. This looks so good Stephanie! I love the addition of the avocado too…just sayin! :)

  10. These sound amazing, Stephanie! I’ve never had a black bean burger, but I know I’d adore your version. Perfect with the avocado slicces!

  11. I love the bean burger and the avocado topping. I would eat this over a salad and then I could eat two. :) Hee! hee! :)

  12. You know…I’ve never had a black bean burger!! But this is making me want to try one!

  13. looks utterly yummy…I have to try out this black bean burger

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