Black Bean Burger

Impossible burgers are the rage right now, but how about a flavorful burger that’s good for you and you can make it at home? This Black Bean Burger recipe is so yummy that you may be be looking for excuses to make it again and again. The subtle flavors along with healthy ingredients just adds to the charm. Black Beans have an amazing flavor, not to mention that they are hearty and substantial. Make it a meal or a snack and you have a winner!

Ingredients: (makes approx 6 large patties)

For the Patty:
Black Beans – 1, 15 oz can, drained and rinsed
Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
Onions – 1/2 cup, chopped
Garlic – 2-3 cloves, chopped
Mushrooms – 1/2 cup, chopped
Bell Pepper/ Capsicum – 1/2 cup, chopped
Taco Seasoning – 1 tbsp or to taste
Shredded Carrots – 1/2 cup
Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Bread – 1 slice
Cooked Brown Rice – 1 cup
Frozen Corn – 1/2 cup
Salt – to taste
Pickled Jalapenos – to taste (optional)
Soy Granules – 1/2 cup
Instant Oats – 1 cup
Cilantro – 5 springs, finely chopped
Eggs – 2, lightly beaten
Panko Bread crumbs for coating

For the Burger:
Toasted Buns
Sour Cream


1. In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp of Olive Oil.
2. Once hot, add in the Onions and Garlic and allow them to caramelize a little.
3. Next add in the Mushrooms and let the moisture evaporate.
4. Add in the Bell Pepper and cook for a little bit (1-2 min)
5. Add in Taco Seasoning and allow it to coat the vegetables and turn off the stove.
6. Once the stove has been turned off, add in the finely shredded Carrots and mix well.
7. Set the pan aside and allow it to cool down.
8. In a Food Processor, break up a slice of bread into big chunks.
9. Pulse the Food processor about 3-4 times till the bread crumbles.
10. In the Food Processor, add Cooked Brown Rice, Corn, Cooked Vegetables, Salt, Pickled Jalapenos,
11. Pulse about 6-7 times.
12. Add in 3/4 of the can of Black Beans.
13. Pulse for another 3-4 times till everything is mixed well.
14. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
15. Add in the Soy Granules, Instant Oats, Cilantro & the balance of the Balck Beans.
16. Mix gently but well.
17. Good time to do taste test before adding in Eggs.
18. Add in the eggs and mix well gently.
19. Put the mixture in the fridge and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
20. In a bowl, pour out some bread crumbs for coating the burgers.
21. Get a skillet heating up on medium heat with a tsp of Oil.
22. Divide up the mixture into equal portions (according to the number needed and the size required)
23. Take a portion and start rolling and making a patty.
24. Dip into the Panko Bread Crumbs and coat them well.
25. Once the skillet is hot, place gently, press the patty down if it is too thick and move it around so it gets coated in the Oil.
26. Allow it to cook on the bottom side.
27. Drizzle a little Oil on the top and spread it and flip very gently.
28. Allow it to cook on the flip side as well.
29. Once done, place on a toasted Bun.
30. Garnish with Sour Cream and Salsa and serve.

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0 thoughts on “Black Bean Burger

  1. Hi Anuja and Hetal,
    I finally tried this recipe but had to substitute a few things. I had no soy granules so I added an extra 1/2 cup of brown rice and I did substitute chickpeas for black beans. But I have to tell you that these burgers were FABULOUS. I am a vegetarian, but my sis is not and the next thing I know I get up the next morning and she has scarfed down two of them (for breakfast) and was raving about how great they were!! These are much much better than anything you can buy in the store. Thanks so much for a recipe that I know I will use for years to come!!!

  2. Hi,
    The above mentioned quantities will yield approx how many patties, also with egg in there is it ok to freeze the patties,for how long can I freeze the patties, i have some guests coming over next week so wanna make these today,i have all the ingredients in hand,wud appreciate if u can reply to my questions.I am just thinking about the egg in there……and freezing……
    Plz do clarify,

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Shalu,

      This recipe makes approx 6 large burgers. Even with the egg, it is fine to freeze the patties. Eventually, you will be cooking them on the skillet and the egg will get cooked.

  3. Hey Hetal and Anuja

    The recipe sounds good to try but can I use poha instead of instant oats in this recipe? will it make it work, or ruin the taste?

    1. Hi Jalpa,

      The poha will not ruin the taste but since we have not tried it personally, we cannot comment about the texture. The oats just makes it a bit healthier than using rice.

  4. How to use cracked wheat in this recipe,I mean should I boil it or dry roast,or steam…….I am confused.Plz do reply.also the mentioned quantities yield how many patties?
    And when shud i add tofu….. Do reply plz ,got a food processor yesterday and want to try these burgers.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my query regarding the food processor,it really helped me a lot.

    Thanks so much for all of ur no fail recipes!too!!!!!!!!!

    1. Also i dont use brown rice so if i omit it frm the recipe will it affect the texture alot or can i use regular boiled basmati rice in place of that.PLz Plz reply as I am really waiting for ur reply and want to try these burgers.

      1. Hi Shalu,

        Brown rice really adds a different level of texture that white rice will not provide (it will just get mushy). However, if you are using cracked wheat, you may be able to mimic it.

    2. Hi Shalu,

      We have not tried this recipe with cracked wheat but everything needs to be fully cooked (besides veggies that can be eaten raw). To cook cracked wheat you need twice as much water (similar to rice). We also have not used tofu, but you can try using the extra firm variety (add it to the food processor when you are pulsing everything together). Please note that the texture may be different because you are using different ingredients.

  5. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    This recipe sounds great, haven’t tried it yet, but will do soon! I just wanted to ask that Anuja mentioned that she had prepared the soy granules as per the instructions on the packet…exactly how did you prepare it?
    We get soy granules in my country, but they do not give any instructions on preparation.
    Many thanks!

  6. Hello Hetal and Anuja,

    I read this recipe and have been so desperately waiting to try this. In my hurry, I picked up soy chunks thinking it was the same as soy granules. Is it alright to use the wadi/chunks? Any suggestions on how to cook them? Appreciate any help.
    You ladies are my kitchen heroes…keep rocking πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Kals,
      We have all been there and done that…picked up the wrong thing in a hurry πŸ™
      In this case you are not too far off – cook the chunks as mentioned on the box, squeeze the water/liquid and just pulse it in the food processor till they look like granules πŸ™‚
      Use as directed in the recipe πŸ˜€

  7. Hetal, tried this bean burger cameout SUPERB….No words. Protein packed burgers, healthy, lowfat moreover FILLING FOOD…Loved it. I have froze some for later use.

    My guests loved it and asked for recipe and i reffered your website. Thanx again for sharing this WONDERFUL recipe with us.

  8. Hetal and Anuja, how many patties would i get for the above quantity (palm size patties) and i want to store it in freezer, for that at which point of time i need to coat the bread crumbs i mean before freezing or during the time of frying (i mean once the frozen patties are taken from the freezer, if so how it would stick to the patties) ? If suppose i coated it earlier doesn’t it get soggy once i fry the burger ?? PLs reply hetal. Waiting for your reply and then only i will proceed. Planning to make about 40 patties.

    Really sorry for asking many silly question, but i really need help making this.

  9. Hetal, I don’t have food processor, can i use regular Indian Mixie and use the pulse option to blend all the stuff, pls reply. Making it for a party

    1. Hi Sha,

      A regular Indian mixie does not work the same as a food processor…it will mash the mixutre too much. It would be better to mix everything by hand and break it down slightly as you go.

  10. Hetal and Anuja,

    You girls are awesome! I have tried some of your recipes and they have come out good. I voted so many times for you to win in Food Network Show. All the Best!

    The Burger looks so yummy! I am going to try this out this weekend. But I don’t have a food processor. Is it ok to mix them in a bowl using hand? I am afraid I can’t use blender here. Please advise


  11. hey galz,
    thanx a ton,,,,’ve done it. mine white chickpea burger ws vry yummy… yeah it was…..coz all finished..
    one thing i wnt 2 knw tht for d refried beans nd enchildas.,,i cud nt find any can saying refried beans here.. i found one tht saying mexican beans chilli….. is it same thing????? nd can i use it 4 refried beans nd enchildas??

    1. Hi Noor,

      Most US grocery stores carry Refried Beans and it says “Refried Beans” on the can. It is available in the grocery store aisle that has all other Mexican and ethnic foods. Mexican Beans Chilli is not the same. If you read the ingredients, it should say, Pinto Beans, Salt, Water. If you are a vegetarian, please look at the ingredients and make sure it does not say “Lard”.

  12. hi anuja,
    really its vry sweet of u galz answering our queries n helping us inspite of ur bzy schedules…its 7:30 am here n i jst pop up my laptop to check d answer of my query n yes u r thr 2 help us..
    actually my mixture ws thr in fridge 4 d whole night…n one thing more tht here in aussie i cudnt find black beans so my mixture contains white chickpea in it.. now i hope i cn make thm by adding more breadcrumbs, oats or beans as u said.
    realy thanx to u anuja frm d bottom of my heart.

  13. hi hetal n anuja,
    plz help i’ve done all d mixture in a mixing bowl..but its nt forming patty…its pasty..dont knw whr went wrong.. now ve kept all d mixture in refrigerator…waiting for ur reply…tell me wht to do?….help me..

    1. Hi Noor,
      Looks like you over pulsed the mixture πŸ™ The beans are carbs and they will get thick once they cool down in the fridge. In case they don’t, add a little more bread crumbs, oats or beans to form a patty.
      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  14. Hi gals,
    can I use regular homemade breadcrumbs ( ur site recipie)???
    Plz try to reply soon… M dying to make these.. N u knw I don’t ve soy granules nd oats,,,bt evn thn I wnt to make thm today only.. So I think I shud skip thm…

    1. Hi Renu,
      You can do that but honestly, Panko is a class apart. The crunch will stay and makes the dish and unlike bread crumbs, it does not get soggy.

  15. hi hetal and anuja,

    what are the best substitutes for black bean. I am from india and i couldntnt find black bean in any stores.
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes

    1. Hi Nandita,

      You can use rajma or chana (even chouli). The key is to not overcook them. You want some texture else the whole burger will be mushy and pasty.

  16. Hi,
    Love your recipes. Have used them several times.
    Can you give info like the no. of servings and how much time does it take from start to finish for all your recipes?

  17. Hey ladies…nice burgers. Can u post the recipe for Hotdogs for vegetarians. I like the idea of freezing these burgers, and i want to do the same with hotdogs so i dont have to worry abut it on the weekends especially summer’s coming up. So if you have the recipe for hot dogs please please please post them…!!!!!!!!!!! thank you.

  18. hi can you please tell me what are black beans and soy granules and their substitutes. i’am expecting some guests and they stay with us for almost 10days so i thought its a good idea to make these in advance and store them.
    appreciate quick reply
    thank you.

    1. Hi Sujana,

      In the US, black beans are available as dried beans that you soak and cook or in cans (tins), ready to use. They are black and approx half the size of kidney beans. We have not substituted any other beans for this recipe, but you may be able to use chana (chickpeas). You need a bean that has a little more texture. Kidney beans would not be a good substitute as they get mushy. Soy granules are available in Indian grocery stores and many health food stores. They are made from soy protein and are used to give texture to foods. There is not a good substitute for them so if you don’t find them, you can leave them out.

  19. Damn you girls, you’re making me eat at 2am almost every single day, because only at 2 am I’d have the chance to get my daily SMTC fix (I’m a very busy person). Ya’ll make all these recipes sooo visually appetizing that I’d be so very hungry I couldn’t sleep unless I cook something to eat X(

    Anyway, you girls can do no wrong and I enjoy watching and making your recipes. Keep up the good work =)

  20. Looks like a must try recipe. I do not have a food processor. What options do I have for pulsing the mixture? If I decide to purchase a food processor do you have any recommendations? Thank You both.

  21. Hi Hetal and Anuja, I am big time fan of yours. I have tried many of your receipes. I have a question. I am celebrating my son’s 1st birthday. I want you to help me with the menu which I can do fast and good one. I am vegetarian. Please guide me with the same. I will have some guests who prefers Indian food. Please do reply. I am counting on you. Sorry to post this message here.


    1. Hi Namita,

      You could do a Vegetable Biryani and Chana Masala. Serve it with raita and store bought naans. The biryani is a bit of work, but it is a substantial meal and you could make it and the chana the day before.

      1. Hi Hetal, thanks for your suggestion. How about this menu? Pav-bhaji and spinach rice.In sweet I am thinking about Kalakand and Gulab jamun.And in the end ice-cream.Will this look good? Please reply. Thanks in advance.


        1. Hi Hetal, one more question. Which Naan you are talking about? And which raita will go with the menu.Thanks.

  22. Hi,
    Love this recipe. Just wanted to know for how long these patties can be kept frozen?

    Keep up the good work both of u!!

    Thanks for your time & response,’

  23. hi hetal

    i hav a question bt its not related to this recipe…

    I am living in irving and i am looking for gujarati tiffin, as because of some circumstances i can’t cook for few days,so koi hoy je fresh tiffin banavi aptu hoy to plz send me his/her contact info as soon as possible…. I hope u wil help me out….

    thanks in advance

    1. Sorry, we don’t know of anyone in the Irving area that does tiffins. There is someone in Plano, but they don’t deliver…you have to pick up (a long drive for you).

  24. I used to buy the vegetable masala burgers from Trader’s joe(frozen section) and love the taste of it. Could you please post the recipe for the same. Thanks in advance.

  25. hi anuja/hetal…
    first time here…and all i can is simply wow…u girls rock the show…great accent/clear videos/fantastic space…seriously just one think come in my mind u must have a show on food network…u r great source to the new learners.the burgers looks great..yum yum…keep up the good work girls..
    just started blogging…do visit my blog…comments/sugggestions appreciated…

    sanyukta gour(bayes)

  26. hiiiiii
    can we substitute brown rice with some thing else, am not able to find brown rice in my local grocery store…. also please upload cheese cake recipe.

  27. Is oats added for absorbing moisture? Can oats be added to cutlets for holding the veggies?

    Also, have you tried baking the burger in the oven instead of on the skillet? I thought it could help in getting the color for the sides too but might have to flip it once. Just a thought.


    1. Hi R,
      They serve 2 purposes: one you mentioned, to absorb the moisture and the other to give it texture and body.
      Honestly, we did not try baking the burgers…but a good thought. Let us know if you do!

  28. Recipe sounds good. Will try soon. BTW, your skillet looks attractive…would you mind if i ask you where you guys bought that ? Pls tell me the store name & its cost. All your kitchen gadgets collections are awesome.

    1. Hi Sha,
      It is a Claphalon skillet and we got it at Bed Bath and Beyond! Unfortunately, don’t remember the price – bad, bad memory πŸ˜‰

  29. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Loved this Black bean burgers.. Question: I want to make the Molten Lava Cake but do not have ramekins. Can I use muffin tray instead or any suggestion? I wanted to see if my question was answered in the comments below but was not able to see any comments listed.

    Please answer me as I want to make the cake in a day or two..

    Thank you so much…

    1. Hi Bani,

      Yes, you can use the muffin tray but word of caution – careful when trying to get them out, you have to be very, very, very gentle πŸ™‚

  30. Its a wonderful recipe. Thanx.
    This question is not related to this dish. Generally what brand Atta and maida do u use for indian breads?

    Thank you.

    1. Whole Wheat Flour (Atta) is from the Indian store and the brand is Laxmi and the All Purpose Flour (maida) is from a regular grocery store (store brand)!

  31. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Awesome recipe. Can we make these burgers and store them? Like storing them in the freezer and warm it up later?

    1. I have commented about their lipstick, makeup and dresses πŸ™‚
      Gals, with so many women watching, you will get all sorts of questions and comments and they are not limited to the kitchen! So bear with us :->)

  32. Finally black bean burgers…i’ve been waiting for it long time…….thank you sooooo much.. i really appreciate it.

    is it okay if i don’t use Mushroom, Soy Granules, and instant oat??

  33. Hi Girls,
    Never tried this thinking it has meat in it. But looking at it now, can’t even resist it. Perfect for this weekend lunch.
    Also Happy Mothers Day to all the moms.

  34. Hey Gals….. Looks like a wonderful recipe…. But jus a small question …. Is it possible to substitute black bean? Its just that we don’t get this in India and I wouldn’t want to miss trying this out because of that….

    1. Hi Shauna,
      The closest substitute you can try is kidney beans (rajma). We suggest not cooking them too much that they get pasty. Black Beans work well because they hold shape better. Although we have never tried it, we think it’ll work. Let us know your feedback if you do πŸ™‚

    2. Hey Shauna,
      You can also substitute black beans with Chick peas (chhole.
      They are yum too….

  35. Hi Hetal and Anuja

    Nice burger … never tasted this .. so have to give it a try … the freezing tip is WOW !!!

  36. hi girls.
    thts fabulous.. mouth watering. wnt to try now, but many things r thr 4 which i need to go for grocery…
    will try soon.

  37. Thank you for this one! I tasted my first black bean burger at Costco and loved it. Now I know how to make it fresh at home!!!

    Would you ladies please share some veg lasagna/ eggplant Parmesan recipes for those Italian potlucks?


    1. to desi girl-Hi i do remember seeing a baked breaded eggplant on the food tv channel recently. Flour-egg-panko then bake 400 degrees for i believe 20 minutes. i think it was sandra lee. But as a vegetarian, and also knowing that many vegetarians avoid eggs, i do know that flaxseed mixed with water makes a gelatinous stick so you might try that instead of the egg . Or egg replacer mixed with water,or maybe buttermilk if you use that. Also anuja, what can i use instead of soy nuggets in the bb-burger?

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