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These Black Bean Burgers are savory, filling and vegetarian. The perfect substitute for a regular beef patty and delicious and healthy to boot!

A stack of Black Bean patties on a marble plate.

Black Bean Burgers are a great option for lighter fare at your backyard BBQ or a great option for your vegan or vegetarian guests.  You don’t need to be meat free to appreciate black bean burgers as they are delicious all on their own. This recipe is a copycat of Morningstar Chipotle Black Bean Burger patties sold at Costco, which are a crowd favorite. Don’t like spicy foods? No problem! The chipotle peppers in this recipe are completely optional, though we do like the additional heat and flavor it adds to the recipe.

How do you keep black bean burgers from falling apart?

When making black bean burgers it is important to use a binder to keep the patty from falling apart. This recipe uses eggs to bind the mixture together. Another important factor in keeping the patty together is how finely all of the ingredients were chopped or mashed. Be sure that all of the ingredients are finely chopped which is why it is a good idea to use a food processor or blender to make black bean burgers. When cooking on a grill or skillet, be sure that it is well oiled to prevent the burgers from sticking.

What can I use in place of eggs to make these vegan?

If you’d like to make vegan black bean burgers, you’ll need to replace the eggs called for in this recipe.  You can make an egg substitute using flax seed and water which is a popular and effective option. To replace 1 egg, simply whisk together 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of warm water.  Let it sit until it becomes gel-like and then you can use it in the recipe. Since this recipe calls for 2 eggs, you’ll need2 tablespoons of ground flax seed and 6 tablespoons of water.

Frozen Black Bean Burger Instructions:

Black bean burgers freeze really well. To freeze, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place the tray into the freezer for 4-6 hours until the patties are frozen solid. Once frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and transfer to an airtight container or resealable plastic freezer bag for longer term storage. These patties will stay good in the freezer for 2-3 months. When ready to eat, simply thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter at room temperature. There are no ingredients in this recipe that will spoil at room temperature so there are no food safety concerns. Once thawed, proceed with cooking as directed in the recipe.

Black Bean Burger on a marble plate.

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Black Bean Burger on a marble plate.
These Black Bean Burgers are savory, filling and vegetarian. The perfect substitute for a regular beef patty and delicious and healthy to boot!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
  • 1/2 large red onion chopped
  • 1-2 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce optional
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Place onion, chipotle, and garlic into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add in black beans and pulse until the black beans are partially chopped, leaving some whole or partial beans. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the bread crumbs, cumin, salt, pepper and eggs until well combined.
  • Divide up the mixture to form 8 patties. 
  • When ready to cook choose one of the following options:

    SKILLET: Heat a lightly oiled skillet to medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes on each side.
    BAKED: Bake in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes each side.
    GRILLED: Cook on an outdoor grill for 5 minutes each side.
  • Serve hot on a bun with desired toppings. 


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black Bean Burger

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Laura Martin

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Wow! Love these burgers. I did not have any black beans so used dark red. Left out the peppers because I can’t do spicy. I did add some fresh corn & a teaspoon of sugar. Absolutely amazing, hopefully next time I’ll have the black beans but you can be sure there will be a next time.


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I love those. I do them regularly. They are also good with pinto beans.


This recipe is so very good. I am not vegetarian but I do try to eat meat free for a day or two each week. We loved them. I made 8 patties and they were perfect size for my family. I did not have the chipotle peppers in adobo but will get some for the next time. Try this recipe, you will not be disappointed.


Could I use another kind of beans, like pinto beans to make this recipe?

Thanks for stopping by Heather! You'll have to let me know how they turn out for you. I find myself strangely addicted to them.

Heather DiSabella

These look delicious, we're gonna try them out tonight!

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