making burgers with black beans

Homemade Black Bean Burger Recipe

  • Author: meredith
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


An easy homemade black bean burger recipe that will have you choosing it over the real thing!



  • 115 oz. can of black beans
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoon of chopped green chilies
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoon panko + 1/3 cup panko


  1. Drain and rinse 1 -15 oz. can of black beans and pour the beans and the remaining ingredients into the food processor: ¼ cup chopped red onion and ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves, 1 T. fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 T. of chopped green chilies, 1 egg (optional), ¾ tsp. cumin, 1 garlic clove, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper and ½ cup + 2 T. panko.
  2. Turn on the food processor for 1 minute (scraping the sides halfway through) until you get a thick and consistent puree. If you are not using an egg, you may need to add a little extra panko or use an egg substitute, like a “flax egg”
  3. Pour another 1/3 cup of panko on a large plate.
  4. Grease your hands with some oil and shape a patty in the palm of your hand.
  5. Coat the bottom and top of each patty with the extra panko and if you can, refrigerate them for a couple of hours to harden up.
  6. To fry, heat up 2 T. of oil or butter in a heavy bottom pan on the stovetop. Cook on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes then flip them over for another 2 minutes. Keep on flipping them if you like them darker OR To bake, heat oven to 425 degrees and lay burgers on a greased cookie sheet. Bake them for at about 5 minutes each side.
  7. Serve on a bun with your favorite burger toppings.

  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: black bean burger, how to make black bean burgers