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Best Black Bean Burger

Settle in my friend,

Black bean burgers deserve our full attention!  Why?  When you create your own and they taste great, are easy to recreate time and again and they stick together so they are not falling apart when you are eating your burger, well that deserves a whole lot of attention!   And especially when it is vegan!

Why is this recipe different and you will want to only use this recipe?

Best Black Bean Burger that doesn’t fall apart!

  • It does stick together, without the traditional binders such as eggs, cheese or even flax eggs
  • it has great flavor,
  • you can make it gluten-free easily
  • it doesn’t require tons of ingredients
  • this recipe is great for 3 full black bean burgers or make little sliders and you can create 6-7 sliders or double the recipe for more burgers.

If that sounds a bit boastful, that you won’t need another black bean burger recipe… it’s not about me.. and I didn’t come up with the recipe.. there is a magazine I have followed for years -Cook’s Magazine.  I love Cook’s Magazine because they don’t just create a recipe and hope it turns out for you.  They focus on the science behind why a recipe does or doesn’t work.  So, that you know it’ll work time and again.

Cooks put out a Vegan for Everybody Cookbook and of course I was excited to get it!  I’ll share a few recipes with your from time to time from the cookbook.  

I changed a couple of things with the recipe, but what keeps it together stays the same.  So, let’s get started!

This recipe has a unique ingredient, tortilla chips, just a few, crushed really well, adds right amount of dry and fun flavor boost too.

Crush tortilla chips in ziploc bag, with your hands.

You can precook black beans (only 45 minutes) in your Instant Pot or used canned black beans.  Since we’re making a smaller batch just one can of black beans will do,  Wait!  Don’t pour out the liquid from your black beans, you’ll be using a bit of it, it’s very important to sticking the burger together.

What is it? yes flour and __?  You can use oat flour for gluten free version.

The other key is you don’t want your ingredients too wet either, so pat the beans dry in between paper towels.

Put black beans in between paper towels and tap, them with your hands to remove extra moisture

Some may ask are bean burgers good for you?  Oh yes! Let’s list a few reasons why black beans are good for you-

  • fiber
  •  loaded with plant protein, 15 gm for one cup, that is outstanding!
  • Magnesium, phosphorus and iron and that is just to list a few of their fabulous attributes.
  • Watching your fat intake?  They are very low in fat too.
  • flavor of black beans are wonderful, that is why they are so popular in latin cuisine and Cajun dishes.

See? just a little glisteny now that they have been dried with paper towel.

How do you make black bean burgers?

Of course it depends on your recipe.  Any ingredients that are raw such as peppers, onion (other than minced scallions) or mushrooms be sure to precook them first as this will help ensure that your burger stays together.

favorite knife and minced scallions, cilantro and garlic

The black beans need to be pulsed a few times in your food processor or smash with a fork.

Pulse beans a few times so they look coarsely ground like this..

Blend the ingredients together, pat them into burger or smaller sliders size and cook them on a lightly oiled cast iron skillet.

hand formed black bean burgers

A cast iron skillet isn’t necessary but it sure is great, because cast iron skillets can now be purchased pre-seasoned which makes them so easy to use.

Ahhh! sizzling in my favorite cast iron skillet


I’m partial to grilled pineapple on my burger along with heirloom tomato, homemade easy refrigerator pickled red onion and arugula (sounds like a lot doesn’t it?, so good tho!).  What is the white dressing on the burger??? ohhhh you would ask 🙂  It is Vegan white Queso sauce.  Yes, I’ll share the recipe with you.   You can put on your burger whatever you like, have a bit of fun with it, ok?

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Best Black Bean Burger with Wispy Onion Fries


Best Black Bean Burger

Easiest and best Vegan black bean burger recipe that doesn’t fall apart and it tastes great!

Cuisine American
Keyword best black bean burger recipe, vegan burger recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and reserve the black bean liquid
  • 3 tablespoonsq reserved black bean liquid
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour use oat flour for gluten free option
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon (optional) Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup tortilla chips, 1/2 ounce
  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 3 burger buns


  1. Put two layers of paper towels on counter, spread black beans over towels, place one paper towel on top of beans.  Pat to dry.  Let sit in paper towels while you are prepping rest of ingredients. 

  2. Whisk reserved black bean liquid and flour in medium size bowl until combined and smooth.  Stir in: cilantro, garlic, scallions, cumin, sriracha sauce and salt.  Stir with fork to blend.  

  3. Put tortilla chips in ziploc bag, crush with heel of hands to crush well.  Put crushed tortilla chips in bowl with seasonings, stir to combine. 

    Put black beans in food processor, pulse a few times until coarsely ground.

    Add black beans to bowl of seasonings, mix well.     Form burger patties with your hands approximately 3-1/2 inches in diameter.  If making sliders make then 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat in 10-inch cast iron skillet; lay 3 patties in skillet and cook until crisp and browned approximately 3 minutes.  Gently flip burgers, add more oil if needed, cook other side for approximately 2-3 minutes.

  4. Serve with your choice of burger condiments and toasted buns.  Enjoy!

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