The Best Black Bean Burgers - Tasty & Easy to Make

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I am not a master chef by any means. When I put together my very own recipe and it actually tastes good, I am the first to stand aside and say 'Wow.. that actually worked.' I don't have educated tastes buds that know what spice will work well with what food, but I do enjoy having fun in the kitchen.

Some, actually... A LOT, of recipes I put together fail, but when one does come together.. well, stand aside because you may see me do a little happy dance right there in my kitchen.

The Reason Behind The Burger

Black bean burgers seem to be the go to substitute in restaurants and such for non-meat eaters. It's great to see them becoming so popular, but what I have found is that the taste of these burgers always seems to be lacking in some way or another.

Most black bean burgers tend to have a Chipotle or Mexican spice flavoring to them that can tend to be a bit too spicy for me, so I wanted to try making a black bean burger that could stand on its own without having the Mexican spices added to it.

The Making of the Burger

After doing a little research on different recipes and flavors of other black bean burgers, I put together my own list of ingredients and began the construction of what would become the most amazing tasting Black Bean Burger I have ever tasted.... well, in my humble opinion at least.

I knew I wanted to make this a gluten-free and dairy-free so I decided to substitute rice for the flour and or breadcrumbs and a flax meal & water substitute for the egg.

Keeping with the desire to make the burger simple, yet delicious, in taste, I decided to add just a little bit of organic Worcestershire sauce and some organic no-salt seasoning as the only flavoring. I was hoping the simplicity of the ingredients would just bring out the flavor of the burger, which I think it did. No overpowering spices, just a great tasting burger.

Lentils were also added to give them a slightly different texture than just a bean base. This really helped bind the burger together also. When cooking up the lentils for this recipe, I did decide to cook them in a light organic beef broth to give them a kind of 'meaty' taste. This helped, I think, give the burger just enough added flavor that hid any 'beany' flavoring that may have come out.

What Would I Do Differently

I was very happy with how this burger turned out. I do want to try next time though, to make the burgers with a nice organic brown rice and try cooking the lentils just in water to see if the beef broth is actually needed.

I'd also like to play around a little with the seasonings. Maybe add a little liquid smoke or a more hearty seasoning mixture like mesquite or something to kick it up a notch.

The Best Black Bean Burgers - Tasty & Easy to Make


*Flax egg substitute - in a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal with 3 Tbsp water, mixing together until combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes or so let it gel together. 


Drain and slightly rinse black beans. Place in a bowl and using a fork, mash beans until mostly broken up. Leaving some whole beans. Add in lentils and remaining ingredients. Mix all together until well combined. Let sit for a few minutes or make ahead and place in refrigerator until ready to cook.

Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Make the bean mixture into desired patty sizes and than place in skillet. Cook them for about 5 minutes or so on each side.

Serve either on lettuce wraps or your favorite buns.

Toppings and or Condiments

For these burgers I made up a nice garlic aioli sauce with worked perfectly with this, but you can use just about any condiment of your choosing.

Garlic Aioli

  • 1/2 cup Just Mayo

  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

  • salt to taste

Mix together and let sit for a few minutes. The longer it sits, the more amazing the taste!

What About You

Do you have a favorite black bean burger recipe? Leave me a comment and let me know or let me know what your favorite non-meat burger is!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Eating

The Best Black Bean Burgers - Tasty & Easy to Make


  1. These would be so good topped with my favorite chipotle lime mayo from Primal Kitchen! Plus they're a good meat alternative. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. those sound delicious! thanks for the recipe!

  3. love a great black bean burger! I don't think the beef broth is necessary

  4. I like your idea of substituting rice for flour! What a great idea. These are like a rice and beans patty. They sound delicious!

  5. Yum! I love burgers, and black beans so this is a great alternative to beef!

  6. Intriguing! They look good! Great ideas for substituting flax for eggs!

  7. I love black bean burgers! Veggie burgers too. I think I'm going to have burgers for lunch or dinner next week.

  8. I love a good bean burger! I like how you made these with rice and lentils. So much protein and fiber! I usually make mine with oats, bell pepper, onion, and an egg.

  9. That sounds awesome too Christina. So many great ways to make them.

  10. Me too. So many different options and all so good.

  11. Thanks Kim. I've made it both ways and the one with the egg held together a little bit better but not a huge enough difference that I would use them again. Using the Flax meal provides more nutrients. :-)

  12. Me too!! I actually like these over beef

  13. Thanks Kayla. I try to avoid flour whenever I can and this worked out perfectly.

  14. I'm thinking that too. Looking forward to trying it without next time.

  15. Sure thing. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Oh that sounds good!!! Great idea!!

  17. I can't wait to make these! I tried making a black bean burger once but it was too mushy. I've been wanting to try another recipe since!

  18. I've been meaning to try rice in my burgers for ages but never got around to it. I have all the ingredients for these though so it's happening :D

  19. Chrissy.
    So sorry. Just now seeing this. Did you make them? How did they turn out?

  20. Hi Giselle
    So sorry. I'm just now seeing your comment. Thanks for stopping by.
    Did you get a chance to try the recipe out?


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