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Indulge in the ease and simplicity of homemade burgers with the best black bean burger recipe. In just a few steps, transform simple ingredients into a mouth-watering meal that’s both nutritious and satisfying, perfect for your next culinary adventure.

A veggie burger with a slice of cheese, lettuce, and sprouts on a black plate against a dark green background.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Cozy: After the first bite, experience the warmth and comfort that only a homemade black bean burger can provide.
  • Satisfying: Each burger is crafted to ensure you feel fully satisfied, making it the best thing to reach for when hunger strikes.
  • Nutritious: Embrace the blend of black beans, flaxseed, and bell peppers, offering a nutritious profile that supports mental health.

Nutrition For Mental Health

Black beans are filled with incredible plant-based nutrients. One cup of black beans contains 15g of protein, 1g of fat, 41g of carbohydrates, and 15g of fiber. They are rich in antioxidants, folate, copper, thiamine, manganese, magnesium, and iron. Black beans are also a good source of phosphorus and potassium. 

As mentioned, black beans are rich in fiber. Consuming increased amounts of dietary fiber has been shown to protect against depression in adults. A cross-sectional study found that in normal-weight individuals, high dietary fiber intake resulted in a lower risk of anxiety.


This easy veggie burger recipe is made with flavorful, wholesome ingredients. 

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  • Flax Egg: A vegan binding agent, the flax egg provides cohesiveness and moisture, essential for the burger’s structure.
  • Black Beans: The star ingredient. Rich in protein and fiber, black beans are the heart of this burger, offering a meaty texture and a deep, savory flavor.
  • Green Onions: Offering a mild, slightly sweet flavor, green onions add freshness and a subtle crunch to the patty mixture.
  • Red Onion: Red onion introduces a vibrant color and a zesty taste, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the burger.
  • Bell Pepper: The bell pepper contributes a sweet and tangy element, introducing a pop of color and additional nutrients.
  • Garlic: Garlic infuses the burgers with its unmistakable aroma and bold flavor, elevating the savory notes.
  • Chili Powder: Adding depth and mild heat, chili powder infuses the burgers with a smoky, complex flavor.
  • Cumin: Earthy and slightly citrusy, cumin lends a warm, aromatic quality that complements the beans and spices.
  • Salt: Salt is crucial for enhancing all the other flavors, bringing out the best in each ingredient.
  • Black Pepper: Black pepper adds a subtle heat and a hint of spice, rounding out the flavors with its piquant edge.
  • Oat Flour: Oat flour binds the ingredients while adding a mild, nutty flavor and keeping the burgers gluten-free.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple instructions for the best black bean burgers. 

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/ 205°C prepare the flax egg.
  2. Add beans to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher (but not too much).
Cooking ingredients for burgers arranged on a dark table, including a pan of ground meat, chopped vegetables, buns, and sauces.
  1. Pour in the flax egg and remaining ingredients, and mix with a large spoon until the patty mixture is well combined. 
  1. Form into patties to make them “burger” shaped. (This recipe makes 8 smaller patties or 6 larger black bean patties).
  2. Place patties on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 20 minutes. 
Three raw hamburger patties with diced vegetables on parchment paper, surrounded by chopped ingredients and a bun on a dark surface.
  1. Enjoy on a bun with your favorite toppings. 
A gourmet burger with a bean patty, topped with melted cheese, fresh cilantro, and shredded cabbage, served in a toasted bun.

Recipe Variations

These easy vegan black bean burgers are tasty as is. Sometimes, though, substitutions are needed. Here are my suggestions. 

  • Bread Crumbs: Many black bean burgers call for panko bread crumbs in the recipe. If that is what you have on hand, then use those instead of the oat flour. 
  • Spices: This vegan black bean burger is a smidge on the spicy side. However, if you want to make it a true spicy black bean burger, then I would recommend adding group cayenne pepper. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and go from there. 
  • Nuts & Seeds: Adding sunflower seeds or ground walnuts can add a good amount of healthy plant-based fat. 

Servings Ideas

These vegan burgers are extra delightful with your favorite sauces, toppings, and sides!


Here are my favorite toppings for these black bean burger patties. 

  • Buns: This is the obvious choice. Pick your favorite bun to pair with these delicious veggie burgers. 
  • Sauces: Vegan mayo, vegan aioli, BBQ sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, or mustard are all great options. 
  • Veggies: Thinly sliced onion is perfect atop a black bean patty. 
  • Fruits: I know this might be surprising, but avocado, cucumber, tomato slices, chipotle peppers, and pickles are all technically fruits! 
  • Cheese: Vegan cheese is the perfect match to these extra easy black bean burgers. 


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Storage Tips

Maximize freshness and longevity by placing leftover or uncooked burgers in an airtight container, ideally glass, to prevent any flavor transfer. If using plastic wrap or a ziplock bag, ensure burgers are cooled to room temperature to maintain their integrity.


Are black bean burgers healthy? 

Yes, they are rich in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, supporting overall health.

What can I use as a binder? 

Flax eggs are an excellent vegan option, providing the needed adhesion without animal products.

How do you prevent the burgers from crumbling? 

Proper mashing and the right balance of wet and dry ingredients are key to a cohesive patty.

What are effective binders for veggie burgers? 

Besides flax eggs, breadcrumbs, oat flour, and mashed sweet potato can work well.

Two gourmet burgers with toppings on a rustic wooden board, accompanied by sprouts and herbs.


A gourmet burger with a thick black bean patty, topped with sauce, sprouts, and cilantro, served in a brioche bun.
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Black Bean Burger

Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
In just a few steps, transform simple ingredients into a mouth-watering black bean burger that's both nutritious and satisfying, perfect for your first or next culinary adventure.


  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 14.5 oz black beans, cans drained and rinsed
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 cup oat flour


  • Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C and prepare flax egg.
  • Add beans to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher (but not too much).
  • Pour in the flax egg and remaining ingredients, and mix with a large spoon until the patty mixture is well combined.
  • Form into patties to make them “burger” shaped. (This recipe makes 8 smaller patties or 6 larger black bean patties).
  • Place patties on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.



Please read through the above blog post for helpful tips and tricks!


Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 204mg, Potassium: 665mg, Fiber: 15g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 456IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 4mg
Two burgers with buns, one with a visible bean patty and fresh toppings, presented on a rustic wooden surface.

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