Spicy Black Bean Burgers

by brookefiore

Another day. Another veggie burger post.


Why you might ask. Why so many posts dedicated to veggie burgers?


Because they are delicious! And freezable. And taste good on a bun, over salad, in a pita, on-the-go.


And I really hate pre-packaged veggie burgers. You know, the ones in the freezer section at the supermarket?

No offense supermarket shoppers and Morning Star Farms, but I have yet to try a meatless patty that tops anything I can make and freeze myself. Equally as convenient, but so much tastier.

When I was in college and terrified of cooking beef, I relied heavily on the black bean version for weeknight dinners. Who am I kidding, I’m still terrified of cooking beef. But luckily, I’m not terrified to make my own version.



If there is any chance I haven’t convinced you about the homemade veggie burger’s capabilities, let me just say this: The recipe doesn’t even require fancy cooking equipment, just get your fork ready!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Yields 4 patties

Adapted from Dishing Up the Dirt


1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 a red bell pepper, diced

1 medium shallot, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg

1 TBSP chili powder

1 TBSP cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1 TBSP hot sauce (I used the garlic habanero stuff from the farmer’s market that I just can’t seem to get enough of lately).


Mash about 1/2 to 3/4 of the beans with the back of a fork. Leave some whole, for added texture. Add the rest of the ingredients: un-mashed beans, bell pepper, shallot, garlic, egg, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, bread crumbs and hot sauce. Mix with a wooden spoon (or your clean hands). Form into four patties and cook up in a skillet coated with just a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until patties are slightly browned, about 4-5 minutes per side!

Freezing Tip: Wrap patties in wax paper and a freezer Ziploc for a repeat meal. I usually unwrap the patties and microwave for about 1 minutes prior to cooking.

Fun additions include: avocado, cheese, ketchup, spicy brown mustard, spinach, tomatoes…or a nice side of baked sweet potato fries!