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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

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WW Freestyle: 9
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
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.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 296


  • Stove


  • 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.


Mayonnaise and buns are not included in the Nutritional Analysis.
Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 628mg26%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 301IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 222mg22%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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