A homemade black bean burger does not at all have to be difficult. In just a matter of minutes you’ve got a juicy burger without using any meat!
Black Bean Burger
I’ve know a lot about the Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Burgers, but I wanted to make my own homemade black bean burger and shhhhh, I ended up liking them even more.
A black bean burger is a meatless burger recipe that uses black beans to mimic the umami flavor of beef. It’s so delicious and even meat eaters find themselves opting for a black bean burger more and more, especially since it’s a healthier burger option.
This black bean burger is made with:
- Black Beans
- Bread Crumbs
- Toppings of Choice
How to Make a Black Bean Burger
- Dry out the black beans so that they will stick together in the patty.
- Cook the veggies.
- Place in a food processor along with other ingredients except the beans to mash.
- Add the beans and pulse so not all beans are mashed.
- Form into patties.
- Allow to rest in the fridge to help the patties stay firmly together.
- Cook and grill buns as well.
- Prep any toppings like caramelized onions.
Are Black Bean Burgers Vegan?
These black bean burgers are not vegan because there’s Worcestershire Sauce, eggs and cheese. Those products will have to be changed. Yes, even Worcestershire because it’s often made with seafood such as anchovies.
How to Make Vegan Black Bean Burger
If you’re needing to make a vegan black bean burger you’ll need to change the Worcestshire sauce to a vegan version and either leave off the cheese or switch to a vegan cheese.
Additionally, to make them vegan, leave out the eggs, and replace them with 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato.
I haven’t had a lot of luck finding such a product in our normal stores so you can use this recipe for vegan Worcestershire sauce.
What Do Black Bean Burgers Taste Like?
A black bean burger should be moist and meaty with a robust bean flavor, with seasonings that compliment the bean flavor. A homemade black bean burger should never be dry as you are making it fresh.
What Makes a Black Bean Burger Mushy?
A mushy black bean burger is the result of too many wet ingredients.
It takes some liquid to hold the patty together, but too much will make them mushy.
Are Black Bean Burgers Healthy?
Black Bean burgers are much healthier than a traditional beef burger.
Black bean burgers are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are much lower in fat and cholesterol than a regular burger.
Can You Freeze Black Bean Burgers?
Black bean burgers freeze very well and can be cooked from frozen for a quick meal.
Just place frozen burgers in a single layer on a baking sheet and heat for 14-15 minutes.
Or place on a hot grill, carefully watching and turning when needed.
You can also heat in a skillet on the stove top.
What Is The Difference Between Green, Yellow and Red Bell Peppers?
Red and yellow bell peppers are really just green bell peppers that have been allowed to ripen.
Red bell peppers are the ripest, and have the sweetest flavor.
What Can You Substitute For Smoked Paprika?
You could use chipotle pepper powder, but it will be much hotter, so you should use less.
Or also substitute sweet paprika plus a little cumin for smoked paprika.
If all else fails, you could also use chili powder.
Can You Use White Onion Instead Of Yellow Onion or Red Onion?
White onions are a perfectly appropriate substitution for yellow onions and red onions in this recipe.
White onions are a little milder and a little crisper than yellow, but can be substituted without being noticeable.
Black Bean Burger
- 2 Cans Beans, 14 oz., black, drained, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/4 Bell Pepper, green, minced
- 1/4 Bell Pepper, Red, minced
- 3/4 Cup Onion, yellow, chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 3/4 teaspoons Cumin, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika, smoked
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs, Panko
- 2 Eggs, large, whisked
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
To Serve On Burgers
- BBQ Sauce
- Red Onions, Caramelized
- Lettuce, Butterleaf
- Cheddar Cheese, White
- Buns, Buttered and grilled brioche
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread beans evenly onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until slightly dried out.
- Meanwhile, add olive oil, chopped pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes.
- Place on a paper towel lined plate and dry gently.
- Place in a large bowl or in a food processor with the remaining ingredients. Stir or pulse everything together, then add the black beans. Mash with a fork (or pulse) the mixture, leaving some beans whole and intact for texture.
- Use a 1/3-1/2 cup to scoop into patties
- Form and set in the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.
- Place patties on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 10 minutes on each side, 20 minutes total.
- Place patties on greased aluminum foil and grill at medium heat for 8 minutes on each side, being gently as you turn the. place cheese on the last few minutes to melt slightly.
- Serve with toppings!