Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Updated: Sep 29

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burgers offer a flavorful and healthy sub to other meat burgers. I discovered them years ago after being a vegetarian for a handful of years already, and I was so grateful when I did! While I didn't miss red meat burgers or their flavor, I did miss the burger experience! I loved a thick and hearty patty between 2 whole grain buns, layered with avocado, tomato, lettuce, maybe a little red onion and a splash of honey mustard complete with a slice of the best baby Swiss cheese! YUM.

And it was a total game changer when I learned how to make them myself - even better than the store bought and no waiting until I can make it to my favorite places to enjoy their spicy black bean burgers... I have my own simple and satisfying recipe!

There are many ways to make a black bean burger, my favorite is to make it a bit spicy (not hot but flavorful). And this Spicy Black Bean Burger delivers! But don't worry, if you prefer a bit less kick, I have instructions for that too.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 small yellow or white onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2-3 tsp. minced garlic)

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (use 1/2 pepper if you prefer less spicy)

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1, 15 oz. corn, rinsed

  • 1, 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 C plain bread crumbs

  • 4 tsp. chili powder (reduce to 2 tsp. if you prefer less spicy)

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 C flour (I use whole wheat, use your preferred flour choice)

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (for cooking the patties)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sit in onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, and oregano to cook until onions are translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in the diced red bell pepper and add corn to the skillet, cook until the red bell pepper is tender, about 2 to 4 minutes.

  3. Mash black beans in a large mixing bowl.

  4. Add the vegetable mixture cooked in the skillet, bread crumbs, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, and salt into the mashed black beans. Stir until combined.

  5. Put flour in a shallow bowl or baking dish, then divide the black bean mixture into 4 patties and coat each side with flour (it's okay if you have flour left over).

  6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the black bean patties.

  7. Cook each side of the black bean patty about 5 to 8 minutes, until browned.

Eat and Enjoy!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

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