Updated: May 22
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)
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.
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.
Mash black beans in a large mixing bowl.
Add the vegetable mixture cooked in the skillet, bread crumbs, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, and salt into the mashed black beans. Stir until combined.
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).
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the black bean patties.
Cook each side of the black bean patty about 5 to 8 minutes, until browned.
Eat and Enjoy!