Black Bean Burgers

Yield: 4 burger patties

For a vegan version of these burgers, replace the egg by mixing 1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons water. Allow mixture to sit for 2 minutes before using.ย These are delicious topped with avocado, salsa and melted jack cheese.

If you cook your own black beans for this recipe, cook a lot and use them during the week in soups, sides and salads including one of my favorites –ย Polenta and Black Bean Casserole.


  • 3 green onion tops, chopped
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (canned or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (you can use gluten-free oats)


  1. Heat the oven to 375ยฐ. Place aluminum foil on a sheet pan. Spray the foil well with pan release.
  2. Add the green onion tops and cilantro to the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely chopped.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the egg, cumin, garlic powder, salt, chili powder and ground pepper. Add this mixture to the food processor and process to mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Add the oats to the food processor and combine until the oats are finely chopped. Whole oats should no longer be visible.
  5. Add the black beans and corn to the food processor. Pulse to combine so that the beans and corn kernels stay chunky.
  6. Divide the mix into 4 equal portions, scooping it into patties and placing them on the prepared sheet pan. Bake the patties for 25 minutes, flipping them after 15 minutes.



4 Responses to Black Bean Burgers

  1. jen January 26, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Kristen, we love these and cook them on a regular basis. One ?, can you qualify “can” with size? I’ve messed around with the quantities as I triple and quadruple them to freeze (awesome grab and go for kids for lunch!) but wanted to check in re. that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best to you as you get closer to opening….it was wonderful to hear re. Caro’s visit…:) Jen Wilkie, in Ithaca NY

  2. Kristen Desmond January 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi Jen Wilkie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great catch. It should read “1 15-ounce can black beans.” I updated the recipe. I am so glad you like these, and thank you asking about the specific quantity. That sort of help is priceless!


  3. Julie July 12, 2016 at 3:21 am #

    Is this 1/2 cup oats. The recipe doesn’t specify.

  4. Kristen Desmond July 12, 2016 at 6:22 am #

    Yes! It’s 1/2 cup of rolled oats! Thank you – and I will update the recipe.

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