Black Bean Burgers

When I was first trying out a mostly vegetarian lifestyle (back in 2007), I immediately fell in love with two meals: pineapple pizza and black bean burgers. Which probably don’t sound like the healthiest of choices. These were basically veggie versions of two of my (then) current favorite foods. 

Ever since then I’ve been trying to create my favorite homemade version of black bean burgers. This is my new favorite.

These are loaded with nutritious goodies like brown rice and black beans. If you’re looking for a protein packed meal but you’d like to skip the meat, I highly recommend you try these. 

Black Bean Burgers, makes four.

1/4 red onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 8 oz. can sweet corn
1/4 cup uncooked oats
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 egg (optional)*
a few drops liquid smoke (optional)

Cook the rice according to the package directions. Typically it calls for double the amount of water to rice. You can use a teaspoon less water than usual, as we want the rice to be cooked but not soggy (excess water will cause the patties to fall apart easier).

Chop up the red onion and mince the garlic. Sauté in a teaspoon or two of olive oil until soft (4–5 minutes over medium heat).

In a food processor combine half of the black beans (drain the can first), the cooked onion and garlic, cumin, cayenne powder, and liquid smoke (if using). Process a couple times using the pulse option. You don’t want to puree the mix, but you do want everything chopped up well.

Use a sharp knife to chop up the oats. In a large bowl combine the batter from the food processor, the oats, the cooked brown rice and the egg (if using), the remaining black beans, and the canned corn (drain the can first). Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight (this helps dry the mix out a little bit).

*If you’d like to keep these burgers vegan-friendly, you can easily leave the egg out. The egg does help to bind the burgers together, but if you’re careful as you cook they’ll still turn out very good without the egg. 

Form 4 patties from the mix. I like to place the patties on 4 small sheets of parchment paper so when I’m ready to cook I can place the patty into my hot pan and simply peel the back layer of parchment paper off. 

Cook in a large pan or skillet with a little olive oil over medium high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Carefully flip them when they are half done, much like you would a pancake.

Serve on a toasted bun with all your favorite fixings. You can freeze these before or after cooking. Simply wrap them tightly in plastic wrap before placing them in the freezer. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Summer of the Signature Collection

  • Love this recipe! Think I may have to try it out.

    Jo x

    She Wears Burgundy

  • Just made these! Soo good! Thanks again for the simple and delicious recipe! Your strawberry poppyseed pie is now my family’s favorite and I never would have thought I could convince meat lovers to eat bean burgers without any complaints! Thanks Emma!!

  • Since being a vegan for over a year now, I love searching for recipes like these. I’d just skip but it sounds SO, SO delicious!! 😉

    Love from Germany,

  • Yummy, a suggestion different from the usual hamburguer. I like it 🙂

  • I admit, I end up buying veggie burgers from Trader Joe’s a lot, but I think they’re delicious!

  • Thank you for the recipe, I try to eat less meat but I love burgers, it will be very useful for me and looks sooo good!

  • I throw a little sweet potato in mine…only because I’m not sweet enough, of course!

  • Sooo happy you guys are posting more vegan food and vegan options for the veg recipes. 🙂 🙂
    This looks delicious!

  • Black Bean Burgers are one of my favorites. I’m going to have to try your recipe.

  • must remember to try this but I’ll have to do so when my hubby isn’t home.. he won’t want me messin’ with his burgers 😉

  • Pescetarian here but I eat vegetarian 70% of the time. I love all things beans. I will definitely have to try this out!

  • Emma, your black bean and quinoa burger recipe from Food Coma is still my go to! I have all the confidence that this recipe will be great too and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for all the black bean burger inspiration!

  • I am going to try this I am vegetarian!!! This looks delicious, you girls are amazing!!!!

  • These look so delicious!
    I stopped eating meat when I was young because I never enjoyed the taste and haven’t looked back since. But that obviously means that the meat-like faux meats completely turn me off, so black bean burgers have always been one of my favorites. I can’t wait to try this recipe. (:

  • I love the use of raw oats in your recipe! Beans are one of the tastiest ingredients around and I’m always on the search for my bestie, who is veggie/vegan friendly. Even though I’m not, I’d gladly whip up a batch next time she’s about. Delish!

  • Everything about this burger has my name written all over it!! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I always enjoy reading your blog!

  • These looks so yummy! I love reading your blog 🙂

  • Great tip-I’ve never used flax egg before. I’ll have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing!


  • Chickpea burgers are delish. 🙂 Sort of taste like hummus or falafel. Mmmmm


  • Thanks for the suggestion. I might just do that sometime. 🙂


  • This makes me want to eat burgers and chips together 😉

  • You can also replace the egg with a “flax egg” to be vegan and still have a binder. You just take 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed and 3tbsp of water, mix, let it sit for a few minutes, and then add it.

  • Black bean burgers are one of my fav vegetarian meals! I like cranberries and chipotle sauce on mine.

  • I’m not a big meat eater, but I’ve never actually had a black bean burger! I may have to try it out ASAP!


  • I love a big meaty burger but these do sound yummy

  • I absolutely love black bean burgers! I have never made a handmade one though. This looks amazingly easy and delicious. I’ve already got the bun. Maybe I’ll make one tonight! Thanks for sharing this one 🙂

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

  • i LOVE a veggie burger, which good as I’m a veggie. Can’t wait to try this one – i normally use chickpeas as the main ingredient.

    Sophie x

  • Some of my favorite things, smashed together into a patty and grilled! #Nom!

  • Yay! I love making black bean burgers – and have included them twice in our weekly “No Plan” Menu Plan. They are even husband-approved – which is awesome for a meatless meal!

  • We love burgers with vegetables, very tasty and healthy. Perfect recipe for these detox days after Easter!

  • I have been looking for a great bean burger recipe, so thank you!!! Also, I’ve read that psyllium husk + water= makes a great substitute for eggs if you are trying to aim for the same texture.
    I LOVE your recipes! always so healthy and mindful.

  • This looks amazing! I have been wanting to try black bean burgers!


  • Emma, being a new vegetarian, I would LOVE to hear more about your experience with the choice to not eat meat!

  • I’ve never read her recipe before. I am a BIG fan of her site though. If I adapt a recipe I always credit the source and if they are online I link them.


  • Great minds think alike. 🙂 Let me know what you think about this one.


  • yummi!
    there’s nothing better than bean burgers if you’re vegan/vegetarian! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for the recipe! It looks absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making these. x

  • I’ve been eating mostly vegetarian too…LOVE black bean burgers! I’m eating one right now! 🙂 Excited to try this recipe.

  • Love them! I recently wrote about it and my fave recipe on my blog too!
    They are soooo good!

  • That looks great! I’m always happy when I see vegan/ vegetarian food that looks that good! Animal rights rule 🙂

    Love from Germany and warm greetings,


  • This sounds amazing! So healthy! Must try this at home. Thanks for sharing
    🙂 Liz @

  • This looks nearly identical to the Eat Live Run recipe for the same burgers.

    Give credit where credit is due!

  • We love black bean burgers! Lately we have been eating mostly beet burgers, amazing!

  • I’m a sucker for loving really unhealthy food, so maybe this is a good way to trick myself into eating something “good-for-you.” I’ll have to try it! 🙂

  • I can’t wait to try this…black bean burgers are one of my all time faves! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • These look yummers! If you wanted to up the protein factor I bet quinoa would be a good replacement for the rice…. Just a thought.

  • I’m not much for vegetarian food, but these look really good! Almost reminds me of kind of a Mexican-(or Chipotle)-inspired dish?

  • This is crazy timing! I was looking for a great black bean patty recipe yesterday, but decided to put off making any because the recipes just didn’t feel right. Thank you, Emma. 🙂

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