Smoky Black Bean Burgers

These aren’t your ordinary black bean burgers. These patties are loaded with savory, spicy and smoky flavor! Absolutely delicious and easy enough for a weeknight dinner!

Close Up of a Black Bean Burger on a Bun with, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Avocado

Black bean burgers are so reliable, aren’t they? Having given up meat-based burgers almost 30(!) years ago, they’re always been there for me.

But these aren’t your typical run of the mill black bean burgers. Nope! They’re the most flavorful vegan burgers I’ve ever had. Plenty of spices, aromatics, and fresh squeezed lime juice are the key ingredients I have to thank for that.


What You’ll Need

Pair of Hands Holding a Black Bean Burger
  • Black beans. We’re using canned black beans. You can use dried, but you’ll need to soak and cook them first. Try this method.
  • Panko breadcrumbs. Substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs or oat flour for a gluten-free burger.
  • Red onion.
  • Garlic.
  • Fresh cilantro. Leave this out if you’re a cilantro-hater.
  • Lime juice. Fresh squeezed is best!
  • Spices. We’re using cumin, chili powder, and chipotle chile powder.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Oil. Just about any high-heat oil will do. This is for grilling the burgers. It can be omitted if you’re making the baked variation of the recipe.
  • Burger buns. I’m a a big fan of Dave’s Killer Bread burger buns.
  • Toppings. Use whatever you like! Try vegan cheese, mayo, salsa, guacamole, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and/or onions!

How to Make Black Bean Burgers

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d prefer to skip right to the recipe!

  • Start with some prep work: roughly chop your onion and cilantro, mince your garlic, drain and rinse your beans.
  • Now place everything into a food processor bowl except the oil and buns (obviously!).
  • Pulse the mixture until everything is finely chopped, but the mixture still has some texture. Give it a taste-test and make any seasoning adjustments you like. If the mixture seems to crumbly (which can happen, depending on what brand of beans you use), add a splash or two of water.
Collage Showing Black Bean Burger Ingredients in a Food Processor Bowl Before and After Blending
  • Heat up some oil in a skillet and shape your bean mixture into four patties.
  • Grill a few patties at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the skillet.
  • Cook the patties for about five minutes on each side, until they’re lightly browned.
  • Be super careful when flipping your burgers — veggie burgers are generally more delicate than conventional burgers!
Collage Showing 4 Stages of Black Bean Burgers Cooking in a Skilet

Variation: Baked Black Bean Burgers

If you’d prefer to bake your burgers, simply arrange the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Optionally brush them with some oil — this helps with browning but isn’t required. Bake the patties at 400°F for about 15 minutes on each side.

Shelf Life & Storage

The patties will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 3 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can these bean burgers be made gluten-free?

Yup! Substitute vegan gluten-free breadcrumbs or oat flour for the panko breadcrumbs, and be sure to use gluten-free buns.

Can I substitute a different type of bean to make these burgers?

Sure! They won’t be black bean burgers, but they’ll still be delicious. Try kidney beans, cannellini beans, lentils or chickpeas.

How can I prevent my veggie burgers from falling apart when I flip them?

If your burgers fall apart during flipping, there’s a good change that the mixture is too dry. Try mixing in a few splashes of water. Also be sure to pack your patties tightly when shaping them. If you still have trouble, you might need to try a different brand of bean — some are mushier and therefore better at binding than others.

Black Bean Burger on a Wooden Surface

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Close Up of a Black Bean Burger on a Bun with, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Avocado


Smoky Black Bean Burgers

These aren’t your ordinary black bean burgers. These patties are loaded with savory, spicy and smoky flavor! Absolutely delicious and easy enough for a weeknight dinner!
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan burger recipe, veggie burger recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 290kcal
Author Alissa Saenz


  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup roughly chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 burger buns


  • Place the beans, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, chipotle chile powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade.
  • Pulse the machine until the ingredients are finely chopped and well-mixed.
  • Taste-test the mixture and season with additional salt if needed. Adjust any other seasonings to your liking.
  • Shape the black bean mixture into 4 patties.
  • Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat.
  • When the skillet is hot, place the patties into it. Avoid crowding the skillet and cook them in batches if needed.
  • Cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
  • Stuff the patties into buns and top with toppings of choice. Serve.


Serving: 1burger (with bun) | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 11.7g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 7.2g | Sugar: 3.9g | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 3mg

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