Easy Black Bean Burgers

“Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…”

Sorry, I can’t not think of that song when talking about beans.

I don’t eat a ton of veggie burgers, but I do really like them. Like I’ve said time and time again, I am always trying to make stuff from scratch to cut down on unnecessary preservatives, but this was a first for me. I found a recipe for black bean burgers in a new vegetarian cookbook I bought and thought I’d give it a try. Wow- they were surprisingly simple and very tasty. With high fiber beans, veggies and oats, you can feel very good about eating these. The best part is I had everything on hand in my pantry/fridge except for the fresh mushrooms. Love when that happens!

The only change I made to the recipe was using wheat germ instead of nutritional yeast. And since these are made without eggs, they are a great vegan meal (just have to buy the vegan Worcestershire sauce since the regular is made with anchovies).

I tried two cooking methods- baking the patties in the oven and pan “frying” them in cooking spray. I even tried one in the skillet with a touch of olive oil and it didn’t taste any different so it’s your call how you want to cook these. I preferred the baking method because 1) I didn’t have to babysit the stove top. 2) They were just a little firmer in the middle of the patty when cooked in the oven. The benefit to the stove top method is the burgers cook in half the time. However, since my kids are usually hanging on my legs around dinner time, I prefer to avoid standing near the stove for 12-14 minutes.

Next time I will try using dried beans (cooked first with the crock pot). I wanted to make sure the canned version wasn’t going to fall apart and they didn’t! Held together perfectly! My kids were less than thrilled with these, but with all the cumin I get that they are a new flavor. I am trying to get away from offering “special” items for the kids so they forced down a few bites and everybody lived! Shocking I know. In fact, I think my son secretly liked them.

Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

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  1. says

    So I had no idea Worcestershire wasn’t vegan! Oops! And I will be making this! My family loved them when I made them with my cuban black bean recipe. But they did not hold together well b/c I was just guessing. And I love getting to use nutritional yeast, so yay!

  2. says

    These look very tasty! I make different types of veggie burgers about once or twice a month. My husband isn’t a huge fan of them, but black bean burgers are probably his favorite. I think that he would really like these. He loves mushrooms, and I’ve never thought of putting them in my veggie burgers before.

  3. aaddmr says

    My teenage sons love black bean burgers and would rather eat them than beef burgers. We like ours with cilantro as well as chili powder and cumin. Yours look great!

  4. says

    I just recently tried vegetarian Worcestershire sauce for the first time and have been putting it in a bunch of my food. Putting it in a black bean burger sounds awesome. Your burger looks really good, too!

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