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black bean burger set on a wooden chopping board with a toothpick inserted through the center of the burger

Black Bean Burgers

Katerina | Diethood
These super easy Black Bean Burgers are the best vegetarian burger substitute ever! They're healthy and flavorful with the perfect texture for that classic burger feel.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 2 cups canned reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 small yellow onion, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 slices cheese, I like to use Swiss cheese
  • mayonnaise, optional, for serving
  • burger buns, OR, use Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
  • lettuce, for serving
  • tomatoes, for serving


  • Transfer black beans to a mixing bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher until mushy, but still have some whole bean pieces.
  • To the bean mixture, add panko crumbs, onion, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and pepper; mix until well combined. If mixture is dry, stir in a bit of water.
  • Set mixture aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add oil and swirl it around.
  • Divide the bean mixture into 4 equal balls and shape each ball into a patty.
  • Transfer patties to the hot oil and cook for 4 minutes per side, or until browned.
  • Add a slice of cheese on top of each burger and cook for a minute longer, or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve black bean burgers on toasted buns or Bibb lettuce leaves with mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomatoes.


  • Stove


Mayonnaise and buns are not included in the Nutritional Analysis.


Calories: 296 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Protein: 14 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Cholesterol: 54 mg | Sodium: 628 mg | Potassium: 376 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 301 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 222 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Net Carbs: 22 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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