Boyfriend-Approved Spicy Black Bean Burgers

by jenna on July 8, 2011

I don’t know about y’all, but we go through some serious veggie burgers over here.

Adam will pretty much eat anything with avocado on it and has been doing an awesome job lately at replacing old fashioned hamburgers with their veggie-ful cousins. I probably eat less veggie burgers on a weekly basis than he does, but still enjoy them for a quick lunch after yoga or an easy dinner when I can’t get myself to wash one more dish.

However, buying boxes of veggie burgers adds up! My two favorites, Amy’s California Burgers and Sunshine Burgers both run for about $5 a box and are an easy way to rack up my already-too-high grocery bill.

I’d rather get a pedicure.

So…what’s a girl to do? Why, make her own, of course!

And not even 30 minutes later, I had my burgers frying and Adam on his way over from work after I promised him “a delicious homemade lunch”.

I was really trying to butter him up before I told him that I crashed my car into a garbage can earlier that morning and shattered my side mirror!


Lesson 1: Your grandma was right; the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach.

Because of that, I also threw together a batch of Angela’s cookie dough balls. These cookies are pretty much Adam’s favorite thing in life.

I dressed our burgers with thick avocado slices, ketchup and sriracha sauce and placed them on top of some fluffy whole wheat buns that I had heated up in the oven…

“Mmmm mmmm mm This is the best veggie burger that I’ve ever tasted!” Adam exclaimed while biting into a particularly large slice of strategically placed avocado.

“Thanks, they’re just something I quickly whipped up. I knew you had a busy day at work!” I said.

“I could seriously eat this burger every single day. It’s perfect.”

“No problem. Glad to feed you. By the way, I had a little issue with my car this morning; I was hoping you could give it a glance? I also made a batch of those cookie dough balls you like so that you could have a snack later at work!”

Turns out, what I thought was $500 of damage was really only $19.99.

The End.

Boyfriend-Approved Spicy Black Bean Burgers

makes about 6 boyfriend-sized burgers

Print this recipe!


2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 T ground flax + 3 T water

1 jalapeno

2 cloves garlic

2 T tomato sauce

1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

2 tsp cumin

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)

avocado for topping

olive oil (or canola oil)ย  for frying burgers


Seed and roughly chop jalapeno. Add it and the garlic cloves to a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely. (Alternatively, you could chop them yourselves very finely but it’s just easier at this point to throw them in a food processor.)

Add one can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.

In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for five minutes.

Transfer the mixture in the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax and corn. Stir well until everything is combined. Add remaining black beans.

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.

Serve burgers with avocado slices, sriracha and ketchup.


30 minutes




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Molly @ RDexposed July 8, 2011 at 4:33 am

I refuse to buy the pre-made veggie burgers because they’re too easy to make at home…ok and cheaper! I’d rather spend large amounts of my grocery money on almond butter, produce, and nuts (for cookie dough balls!).

And guys will eat anything as long as you top it with avocado, that’s for sure!


Cait's Plate July 8, 2011 at 4:38 am

There’s an extra bonus in here that these are “boyfriend approved” – I’ve FINALLY managed to get my boyfriend on the veggie burger train but only store-bought! I’m definitely going to give these a whirl for him. They look insane!

PS – I love that fork!


Holly @ The Runny Egg July 8, 2011 at 4:42 am

Well I’m glad the car damage wasn’t too bad! And I love how you totally “hid” the car comment in between dinner and cookie dough balls. That is hilarious.


Narconon Fresh Start Reviews November 30, 2013 at 3:50 am

Love a good veggie burger. I was also a vegetarian for a few years, even vegan for nearly a year. I now eat some meat, but I still love my veggies and a good tofu recipe. :)


Mrs. Fish July 8, 2011 at 4:43 am

My husband has recently fallen in love with bean burgers and LOVES sriracha, so I’ll probably be making this very soon.
P.S. I totally love on your blackboard next to avocado, you wrote yummy. :)


Ruth July 8, 2011 at 4:44 am

Yeah, Jenna! These look rocking!


Kristen @ Change of Pace July 8, 2011 at 4:44 am

I learned recently how easy veggie burgers are to make! I actually like them better than store bought. Those also look simple to make and delicious :)


Cassie @ Bake Your Day July 8, 2011 at 4:46 am

Love everything about these. I have a recipe that I haven’t tried yet but these have lots fewer ingredients, will try soon!


corey @ Learning Patience July 8, 2011 at 4:47 am

Excellent looking veggie burgers — will be trying this out for sure!! Thanks a bunch!!


Becki @ Becki's Whole Life July 8, 2011 at 4:48 am

These look awesome. I agree on the veggie burger thing – they can be a bit pricey. I do love the Masala Burgers at TJ’s, but they don’t have the meatiness that beans do. My hubby and I are going meatless this week and this will be perfect to eat on a night we usually grill! Thanks for the recipe!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 8, 2011 at 4:49 am

This is amazing! my dad will NOT eat black beans, well maybe he will try these :) haha I love the corn addition, nice pop of colour and flavour!!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 8, 2011 at 4:52 am

Okay that story is hilarious – that is totally someting I would do to my husband!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 8, 2011 at 4:58 am

After that meal, I think Adam should be paying for your pedicure this weekend! :)


amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 8, 2011 at 5:00 am

Love the slices of avocado on top. So clever ๐Ÿ˜‰


Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 8, 2011 at 5:01 am

“Boyfriend approved” is pretty much the key telltale sign of any good recipe :)


Blog is the New Black July 8, 2011 at 5:02 am

These look great- I haven’t tried making my own veg burgers yet. I love the ‘cado on top!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 8, 2011 at 5:02 am

I love that you put corn in this recipe! I am having such corn cravings now that it’s summer. This is definitely a recipe I need to try. Seriously. (My last attempt at black bean veggie burgers was a disaster.)


amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 8, 2011 at 5:03 am

Ooh…by the way Jenna…would leaving out the jalapeno seriously affect the taste of these burgers? Could I replace with a milder pepper?


Michal July 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

I made it with chili pepper and it was great!


Katie @ Faith and Funfetti July 8, 2011 at 5:04 am

These look SO good. Can’t wait to (attempt to) make these myself! Ps- at least your 500 dollars worth of damage turned out to be $20! What I thought was a couple hundred dollars worth of damage I did to my car last week (by running into my husbands car.. Oops..) turned out to be 3k. Awesome! Maybe veggie burgers will work for me.??


katie July 8, 2011 at 5:09 am

Such a good way to butter him up!

These look amazing, and home made veggie burgers are WAY better than store bought frozen ones!


Brittnie July 8, 2011 at 5:10 am

Totally going to make these this weekend. I have been meaning to try homemade black bean burgers for a while but never have. yum! I had a similar incident with my car mirror a few years ago ….. oops is right… glad it was less damage than you anticipated :)


Abby July 8, 2011 at 5:11 am

This is finally a veggie burger recipe I might actually make, seeing as the ingredients are so basic (and most are already in my pantry.) Is the corn a vital ingredient to the consistency, or could that be left out?

Either way, I might actually attempt this…beware.


Anne July 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

Naive question : can I replace the “flax egg” by “chia egg” ? Thanks.


Evi July 8, 2011 at 5:30 am

The burgers look so delicious! And you’re right, it’s very simple to make them over buying some. I was browsing through the freezer section the other day at the grocery store and was going to buy some. I might just have to make them sometimes soon!


Maria@healthydiaries July 8, 2011 at 5:32 am

I just made Angela’s chocolate chip cookie balls last night for the first time. Loved them! That burger looks delish. Perhaps I will make it for dinner tonight?!


Tasha @ Voracious Eats July 8, 2011 at 5:37 am

Black bean burgers are awesome! I love to change them up a million different ways. My recipe for Mediterranean Black Bean Burgers with aioli continues to be one of my most popular blog posts. I’m so glad you posted this recipe, I love the flavor combinations you used in here.


sirenjess July 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

How many burgers does this recipe make?


Baking 'n' Books July 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

It says 6 under the recipe name.

Sounds good – although it sounds like the avocado certainly has a lot to do with it! How would it fare without that? Still “boyfriend-approved”? :)


sirenjess July 8, 2011 at 6:11 am

Thanks! I totally missed that.


Baking 'n' Books July 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

I always miss those things :)


Emma July 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

Yesssssssss!! I had the idea for spicy black bean burgers recently and was waiting for one of my fave bloggers to create a recipe; goodness knows I couldn’t create my own. Thank you for sharing!


megan @ whatmegansmaking July 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

I’m not a huge veggie burger fan, but I think I might actually try these!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 8, 2011 at 5:42 am

I’ve been so disappointed by all the veggie burgers I’ve bought recently, so I’ve been thinking about trying some homemade ones. These look perfect!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 8, 2011 at 5:53 am

I’m in love with TJ’s veggie masala burgers. Sometimes I’ll make my own, which are way heartier but other times you just can’t beat the convenience.
PS- We pop those cookie dough balls like they’re crack around here. So darn good!


Dee July 8, 2011 at 6:16 am

Quote: I was really trying to butter him up before I told him that I crashed my car into a garbage can earlier that morning and shattered my side mirror!

Nice! I like the way you think. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m trying to convince my husband to eat a more vegetarian diet with me. Of course, those Philly cheesesteaks aren’t helping. But hey – today’s a new day, right? Lol. ๐Ÿ˜› Will definitely make these burgers soon!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

My dad and I were just talking about how to make veggie burgers. I am definitely showing him this recipe now!!


Samantha July 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

I’m excited to make these ! We are big veggie burger eaters our favorite are the spicy black bean ones, so this is perfect and will save me funds now ! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰


JJ @ 84th&3rd July 8, 2011 at 6:34 am

Always on the hunt for a good veggie burger recipe, definitely trying this one on the weekend! May test out wheat germ instead of panko….and a bit of homemade chilli sauce – yum.


Krystina (Organically Me) July 8, 2011 at 6:46 am

Homemade veggie burgers are one of my favorite things on Earth. :)


alyssa - fashion fitness foodie July 8, 2011 at 6:54 am

My boyfriend loves anything with sriracha!


Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) July 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

Thanks so much! I’d been thinking I’d love to try my hand at making my own veggie burgers.


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 8, 2011 at 7:00 am

i really only like my bean burgers spicy…this sounds amazing!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 8, 2011 at 7:01 am

mmm…I know I would love these!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

These look AMAZING! I’ve been looking for a veggie burger that will live up to my standards…these look perfect in every way.


Luv What You Do July 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

So excited to try them!!! My meat-loving man is never excited at the idea of a veggie dinner!


Baking Serendipity July 8, 2011 at 7:09 am

I love it! My husband gripes at veggie burgers being bland. These will be a must try :)


A Tablespoon of Liz July 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

These look so good! loving the avocado!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 8, 2011 at 7:14 am

Thank you for this recipe….. It seems lately we are having food issues in this house. The husband and myself WON’T eat the same food, so I end up making two meals twice a day. It’s been toooooo much for me… This looks like a delicious compramise, THANK YOU!!!! :)


Julie July 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them…and I’m sending them to my sister to make them too!


lisa July 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

Hi- those look great! Can you recommend a sub for the Panko and the corn?
Thanks~ Lisa


Baking 'n' Books July 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

You could probably use any type of bread crumbs for the panko. And leave the corn out? Or use like peas or something ๐Ÿ˜‰


Lesley Lifting Life July 8, 2011 at 7:29 am

Yum!! Those look fabulous!


kristi (sweet cheeks) July 8, 2011 at 7:31 am

this sounds perfect! I am bookmarking this page for sure. thanks Jenna!


courtney (pancakes and postcards) July 8, 2011 at 7:32 am

love it love it. so long as they’re boyfriend approved. :)


Lauren from Lauren's Latest July 8, 2011 at 7:33 am

Car trouble is the worst. EVER. Also, these look amazing. I’ve been meaning to try black bean burgers! Maybe this is a sign…


Kristina LaRue July 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

Umm.. sounds and looks so delicious.. I have been looking for a good homemade veggie burger! This recipe is definitely getting printed. Thanks!


hippierunner July 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

I need that in my mouth NOW!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites July 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

OHHHHHHHH I SO need to make these for my boyfriend!! Though we are also carnivorousness and go through massive amounts of veggie burgers (mostly me) I have yet to find a tried and true recipe to win my boyfriend over… This one is next up in the line-up! I always have such great success with your recipes! Thanks for the inspiration :)


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

My husband thanks you.


Michelle | Gold-Hearted Girl July 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

I’m in love the the concept, but I’ve never found a recipe that wasn’t too dry! Will definitely have to try these.


Bebbo July 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

I actually had the opposite problem… I couldn’t get my burgers to stick together because they were too moist. I ended up having to throw an egg in to help it keep it’s form when cooking. It was still delicious, but it takes away from the experience when your burger is gooping out of the backside of your bun. ๐Ÿ˜›


Gena July 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

Look incredible! Methinks my own man would approve.


Lindsay @ July 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

This looks great!!! I have a bunch of lentils I need to use up, hopefully they will taste just as good.


Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

Have you ever had TJ’s roasted corn? I feel like it would be supppper in this recipe. Your posts always make me soooo hungry.


Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real July 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

You read my mind this week. I have been wanting to try a black bean burger recipe and serve it to my husband. Now I have a great recipe to try, thanks!

Have you ever made walnut burgers? I have never tried but always wanted to as a meatless option. I figure my husband will eat anything if I serve it with sweet potato fries and chipotle ketchup. Yumm!!


Lauri ( July 8, 2011 at 8:30 am

These burgers are gonna taste great followed by your Vegan blueberry almond tart recipe that I printed off yesterday ๐Ÿ˜€

My husband use to HATE avocado… until he (actually) tasted it! Now he loves it! Silly boys.


Mary ( What's Cookin' with Mary) July 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

“Lesson 1: Your grandma was right; the way to a manโ€™s heart really is through his stomach. ” – Pretty sure part of the reason I’m a married woman is bc of lesson 1. Gramma was right ๐Ÿ˜‰


Mai July 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

Yum. I love avocados on burgers! I only recently discovered that combination too. . .


MzSlyde July 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

Thanks for posting the black bean burger recipe. I love veggie burgers and haven’t been able to make a home made veggie burger to this day that I actually liked. So I have been buying them up until now. I am hoping and praying this one turns out and I like it. CROSSING FINGERS :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

The burger looks great and yes to
“Lesson 1: Your grandma was right; the way to a manโ€™s heart really is through his stomach.”–

Totally. 100% I agree!

And you got off for $19.99??!
Whenever I think I’ve caused $500 worth of damage, in reality, it was usually more like $1500++
Never works the other way for me…boo!

And cookie dough balls. I am a huge fan too! :)


French Heart July 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

Yum for the burgers!


Mellie July 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

I don’t like avocados, but I like everything else in these, so I will have to try.


Melissa July 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

My bf lovesss black bean burgers, but I need to try this variation!! Glad to hear the damage wasn’t bad!


Brooke @ bittersweetb July 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love veggie burgers but you are right they really add up. I’ve made some pretty good versions myself but I’ll have to test yours out!


Katrina July 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

Yum! Perfect recipe!


kaila @ healthy helper! July 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

I am always looking for a new black bean burger recipe! These look delicious! And i love me some spicaaay food!


courtney July 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

Welcome to my dinner tonight! YUM. Glad to hear your car is okay; mine’s sick–hate when that happens!


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

Funny how food works like that ๐Ÿ˜€ Except for me, the way my husband puts things off, it’s like something I thought was going to take 10 hours actually only took 20 minutes. Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€
The burgers look fantastic! I’m going to give them a try, I love black bean burgers ๐Ÿ˜€


Kayla @ Sprouty Buns July 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

I think its safe to say that my boyfriend would definitely approve of these veggies burgers too! He’s always a sport about trying healthier fare, I’ll have to add these to the ‘need to make ASAP’ list.


Urban Wife July 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

Amen to Grandma! I would know. Except my first attempt at black bean burgers failed miserably (poor husband) but now this recipe will give me the chance to redeem myself. Heck, might even make Angela’s cookie dough balls for some extra brownie points. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Moni'sMeals July 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

these look great. I have a recipe so similiar too. I hope to try yours too. :)

Anytime a “guy” is down, we must be on to something!


Sheri July 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

I wonder if you can cook these on a grill?


Karen July 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

Poor accident prone, Jenna! Glad this car story had a happy/inexpensive outcome.

Before I started making my own bean burgers (so easy, cheap and yummy!) I narrowed my favorite frozen brands down to those exact two you mentioned!

This variation on a black bean burger recipe looks great…I’ll be trying it soon!


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen July 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

Holy deliciousness! I’m in love with these. I actually kinda get freaked out about frozen veggie burgers because for the most part I never know what’s in them. I love the idea of making my very own.


Brielle July 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

Welp! Adding this to next week’s dinner list!


Daryl George Enriquez July 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

This is really nice! Even if you didn’t actually made the cooking right, the effort will still do it. I mean, who wouldn’t love you for that?

I’m not a big fan of avocados but basing from what I read here, it seems like your boyfriend really loved what you did! Keep the posts coming. They’re funny and a good read too! :)


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy June 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I’ve never made a bean burger before, but I love all the ingredients in this recipe and the toppings. Black beans are one of my favorites so I know I’d enjoy this.


Meghan @ StruggleMuffins July 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Cute story – there’s nothing quite like sandwiching a disaster between two slices of culinary wizardry. Well played :)


Catherine July 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Finding ways I can please a meat loving BBQ-ing man and a picky vegetarian child is tricky. I’ll try these out they have me salivating. Plus I just started cooking beans from dry in the slow cooker – super cheap this way :)

Would homemade bean burgers such as these freeze well? Would I freeze them raw or cooked? Thanks!


Kelly July 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I am wondering the same thing!!! I would love to think that this would be something that could freeze well…


R @ Learning As I Chop July 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I would definitely rather get a pedicure.


Brooke July 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

YES!! These will be made tonight. My boyfriend has recently become more interested in vegetarian meals lately, and I am SO, SO glad. He even stole my copy of Veganomicon and bookmarked recipes he wants to make!


Paige @ Running Around Normal July 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Yum!! I just made some black bean burgers that resemble these, but I love the addition of corn and jalepeno ๐Ÿ˜€


Emily July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Glad to hear it was only $20.00 worth of damage!
The burgers look fantasticccc!


Betsy July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm


Where did you get those fabulous looking whole wheat buns? I wish you’d say Trader Joe’s, but I bet not!



Ashley July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

LOVED this post. Too cute. And the colors in that burger, with all of the toppings, are perfection. We are huge bean burger fans over here!


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

My boyfriend says that he wants me to make these! (Maybe in my dreams…)
But he said he WILL try them, so that’s a start ๐Ÿ˜‰


tara @ the pleased plate July 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I am so jealous of how perfectly creamy your avocado looks. I can’t get it out of my mind! Now I’ve got a major craving!


Jaime July 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I need these in my face like, NOW!!!! Going to make them this weekend! I think I will try using chipotles in adobo instead of the fresh jalaps…..yummmmm :)


kristina@beancakes July 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

okay, these look delish!! my husband is also obsessed with avocado AND veggie burgers! ever since i kinda got him off of red meat, he’s been really into these!!
xx ~ kristina


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble July 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

These look great! I can’t eat a lot of veggie burgers because they contain gluten but this would be an easy recipe to make and sub the panko for GF bread crumbs!


jenna k July 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

these look great, and seem like they probably taste better than the store-bought ones anyway! double win!
i always do that ‘just throw the bad news into conversation’ thing with my dad. and i’m sure i will do it with my husband one day too :)


Nicole July 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I am making this ASAP! THANK YOU!! :)


Corina July 9, 2011 at 2:13 am

Because of the black beans these look almost like the real thing. I love the combinations that can go into veggie burgers.


Amanda July 9, 2011 at 3:05 am

The slice of avocado make those look unreal! Avocado is gorgeous, I love slicing it : D


Karen @ She Flies With Her Own Wings July 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

These look great! I’ve been traveling in SE Asia and haven’t had an avocado in over a month… tragedy! Can’t wait until I can make these!


Cara July 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

Wow I will have to try these! I don’t think my boyfriend would ever come close to a veggie burger, though he might like the ‘spicy’ in these, and he’ll eat anything with avocado!
I totally use food all the time as you describe above… make a good meal, and slowly drop in that you need him to fix your car :) Love it!


Caroline @ The G-Spot July 9, 2011 at 8:05 am

OMG, Jenna! These look heavenly! All I have to do is swap the breadcrumbs to make these gluten-free and I’m good-to-go. Thanks for sharing!! :)


Rebekah July 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

I am always on the hunt for a good veggie burger… My hubby loves them!


Girl Eat July 9, 2011 at 10:53 am


I am totally new to the food blog world (anonymous for now). I have been following your blog for a few years now and I have to say thank you for inspiring me. Your delicious food pushed me to enjoy food again! These black bean burgers look absolutely delicious and I think they will even pass my boy’s muster for a filling veggie meal. You are fabulous and a true inspiration Jenna!

Girl Eat


Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

These look pretty delicious! I’m not sure if I could get my boyfriend on board though. He is a full on carnivore. Maybe someday :)


Allison July 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I just finished making and eating these, they are wonderful! Super easy and soo good! Thanks Jenna!!


Tanner July 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Great recipe!! I LOVE veggie burgers and cannot wait to try this! *bookmarked* :-)


Lauren July 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

Hi Jenna! I am new to your blog and I just had to comment and say WOW- I am officially a fan! I tried this recipe last night and it was so yummy, I was pinching pieces of one before I even made the actual sandwich. I am just getting aquatinted with my kitchen and it’s still a learning process- for example, I cut the jalapeno with a serrated knife and I could not stop coughing LOL- but it’s fun and I will come back here for more recipes! Enjoy your Sunday :)


Ally July 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

This is a great idea! I have only made veggie burgers from scratch once using lentils and they were crumbly. They were tasty but you couldn’t really eat them like burgers. I will try this!


jenny eats nutella from a spoon July 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

this looks beyond amazing. going to make these STAT.


Nicole July 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

OMG I just made these for dinner. Subbed the flax for a real egg and some hot sauce instead of jalepeno. AMAZING! Thank you!!


Heather November 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I was just wondering if it would be okay if I did that!!!

So glad I read through the comments.


Emily July 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

These look AMAZING


Erin July 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

I keep wanting to make black bean burgers, but for some reason no matter what anyone says I’m afraid they won’t be tasty. I really think I would like these though.


Maddie July 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I dump some lime juice in mine and mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm it gives them that extra kick I tend to crave with non-meat-patties…


Yolanda July 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I changed this up a tad for dinner this evening and was pleased!


Dani July 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

HAHA, jenna – i love this! The conversation… as well as the burgers :)


Margaret July 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

I made these (except I only had one can of black beans, so I substituted chickpeas!) and they are delicious!!!! Especially with avocado. YUM. Thanks! I just wish I could figure out how to flip them without having them fall apart…could’ve been the chickpeas but I always seem to have that problem with homemade bean burgers!


Sonia (the Mexigarian) July 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I found Sunshine burgers in the clearance freezer at my local Sprouts for 99 cents. :) I’ve never had it before so I thought I would give it a go.

But I agree, the best veggie burgers are the ones you make yourself. I must give yours a try :)


Jenna July 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Made these tonight, they were amazing!!!! I can’t wait to eat another one for lunch tomorrow! So easy to make and much tastier than the frozen kind.


Shannon (The Little Pineapple Girl) July 13, 2011 at 5:04 am

YUM!! Made these last night for the me and my roomie- we both LOVED it- thanks for the recipe. And I LOVE sriracha- its a staple in my house back home in Hawaii so it added that familiar flavor that made it perfect =) .


Brittany July 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I made these for my boyfriend and I tonight….I knew they would be great, but he was a little hesitant as I expected. But like you found out, they are for sure boyfriend approved :) Thanks for sharing!


JenE July 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Girl, you know I love you already but these are off the charts. Like, “I know I have dragon breath but those burgers were sooooo good” good. Yea man, you hit. Hubby had buns, I ate just plain. THANK YOU.
ps we’re on a 10 day cleanse starting tomorrow. Daughter (still breastfeeding) & hubby have major skin issues, new dermatologist is also a homeopath and wants us to eliminate almost everything besides fruit & veggies from diet for 10 days. Stay tuned….
Love ya,
mama jen


Victoria July 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

I just made these and then inhaled them in about a minute & a half they are soo good! I had mine with bbq sauce & home-made tzatziki… mmmmmm…


Tracie July 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

I made these last night and they were a HUGE hit in my house which is saying something for a veggie burger! My very carnivorous husband and picky 4 & 6 year olds loved every bite! The only thing I omitted was the jalapenos because of the kids. Thank you Jenna for another fabulous recipe!


ktlovespie July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I just made these for dinner tonight and WOW. I was really hesitant to make them because I’ve never been a fan of store bought veggie burgers but I like everything in your recipe and gave them a shot. These are now going into my rotation. Spicy and crunchy and creamy delicious-ness. Now I have to see if they pass the “meat- eating- man- who- believes- tofu- isn’t- a -food-and all meals should be made with bacon” test.


Danielle July 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

The burgers look delicious from the pictures! I agree that buying the prepared veggie burgers adds up quickly. I will have to try your recipe sometime!


Deborah Dowd July 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

My husband is not a fan of black beans but these burgers looked good even to him.l Yours look much better than the frozen ones I have seen!


Jess M. July 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I made these today with some alterations – delicious!!!!


Kelsey July 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

My husband and I made these for dinner last night–they were amazing! We topped them with a little homemade salsa and avo, seriously so good! I freezed the rest so I can have a quick veggie burger when I need it!


Jaime July 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Did anyone else find these EXTREMELY salty? Like, borderline non-edible?? (and I LOVE my salt!) The beans I use have really low sodium (130 mg/serving and thats BEFORE draining and rinsing) so its not from the beans. Did I read it wrong because I see 1 1/4 tsp salt, as in 1.25 tsp. I think next time I will cut the salt in half. I was able to eat them since they were on a bun, with avo, etc so the saltiness was cut a little, but my plan for the leftovers was to just have the patty with a salad and I don’t think I will be able to get them down. LOL. Oh well, I can tell the flavor is really good and if I cut the salt I think we’ve got a winner. Now if I could just figure out how to keep them from falling apart! haha! :)


Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 4:43 am

Mmmm…spicy black beans burgers are delicious. I can’t wait to give these a try!


SMH July 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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Bobbey @ Coffee and Caramel August 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I have saved this link and can’t wait to try these! Non-grass fed beef and anything soy cause allergy problems for me, so burgers aren’t something I eat very often anymore. I doubt my guys would eat them but I’d love to have something quick and easy in the freezer for Zumba nights.


Ashley Hallmark August 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

Nice! I tried these out for the first time today and ended up eating two for lunch. I’m not the greatest cook, so anything that’s as easy to throw together like this is great. Good flavor and texture. Thanks!


Tori September 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

Warning: if you try to print this recipe through the “Print this recipe!” link, it will print 10 pages because the whole list of recipes is on the side…


Barri October 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

These look divine! I simply must try, been looking for a spicy black bean burger recipe forever!


Amanda October 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

These are AMAZING!! i had really high expectations and they exceeded them!! I put mine in a half of a whole wheat toasted pita pocket. So delicious. Great with hot salsa on the side as well as a sprinkle of lime :-)


Lauren January 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

I made these for dinner last night and they were SOOOO GOOD. I will definitely make them again. I added some ground chia seeds to the flax/water mixture and it turned out great. Thanks for the awesome healthy recipe!


Lin February 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Would a chipotle in adobo sauce work well in this recipe in place of jalapeno?


Stephanie February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

Hi Jenna! The flavor of these was DELICIOUS but I had a really hard time getting them to stick together. They were falling apart in the pan. Any tips for next time!? Thanks!


Hannah March 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

What size are the black bean cans? Thanks!


Rachel March 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

Made these last night and they were delicious, and also 10-year-old approved!

I made them with fresh cooked black beans (instead of canned) and so there was a lot of the delicious cooking liquid in with the beans. So I ommitted the tomato sauce and added a bit of extra panko. Mine stuck together just fine, and were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! I would suggest, for anyone having stick-together problems, to add ALL of the beans in the processor at the same time, and just pulse a few times so it is thick and chunky. And maybe add a little extra liquid (tomato sauce or the liquid from the beans). My mix came out very similar in texture to ground beef, so they stuck together really well. I also made them on a table top grill so no flipping was necessary :)

Were even firmer the next day (just ate one for lunch)!

Yum! Thanks!


Chandra April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I was eating the burgers raw out of the bowl…told my husband he’d better hurry home if he wanted any. These veggie burgers are better than any I’ve tasted; an excellent alternative for a brand I’ve purchased in the past. This recipe is better because it doesn’t contain soy and the flavor is fantastic.
I didn’t have the jalapeno but had chipotles in the fridge, so substituted them and the flavor is excellent. I am so grateful to you for this recipe.


Sherry April 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh, how I love your blog, Jenna! Between you and “Pioneer Woman”, I am getting nothing done!! However, I AM getting tons of great recipes!! Thank you!!!


Kara May 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I made these tonight and they were super delicious. Mine, however, did fall apart. Next time I’m going to have to add in an egg, but the flavor was delicious. Topped mine with avocado, goat cheese and some ketchup with siracha and cinnamon. The ketchup was PERFECT on there. Thanks for the recipe!


Dymon May 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Wow, these are so good! The mixture in the food processor tasted good already and would probably make a great black bean dip! I’m so excited to share this recipe with my friends.


kathy May 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Do they freeze well?


Megan May 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Delicious! Next time I think I’ll spice it up a bit more though. I substituted the bread crumbs with corn meal and it worked out well. Thanks!


Katie May 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Made these tonight and they were awesome, Jenna. We’re talking seriously delicious. I did modify your recipe a little though, since I’m allergic to gluten. You can for sure substitute almond flour for panko crumbs (part for part) and it works great. I also used red bell pepper instead of jalapeno since I’m not a big fan of spice. Accidentally bought flaxseed at the store tonight instead of ground flax (oops!) but went ahead and mixed it with water to soften it up, then strained it with my hands. Had a hard time helping the burgers keep their shape… maybe I just need to add a little more flour next time? A recipe takes several tries to perfect anyway. But serious props to you for such a delicious summertime dish! Many, many thanks!


Allison May 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I put this into to see how many calories were in one patty and there are only 100! Awesome!


Joanna June 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

Wow! These were so wonderful. Everyone at our dinner party loved them and wanted the recipe. And only like 175 calories per burger! Thank you very much. We will make these over and over and over again.


Rachel (Teacher-chef) June 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

YUM – these were so good! I ordered a veggie-burger when we were out to eat a few weeks ago and have been craving them at home ever since. The star aligned and I finally remembered that I wanted to make them and they were so good!! I made a few changes and can’t wait to share them – thanks for the inspiration!!


Jenny June 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm

These sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try them! However, I don’t think my husband is going to go for them. Would it be okay to freeze the leftovers before cooking? Thanks for the awesome recipe!


jenna June 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

You can freeze the leftovers—absolutely! Then just defrost and cook when ready :)


Lenka June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

I have just finished eating this and it’s awesome! I used not-canned black beans so it took longer to prepare, but it was totaly worthy!


Teresa Cleveland Wendel July 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

I found your site from a link at freepennypress. I’m always looking for good vegetarian recipes. Thanks.


Katie July 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

These are so effing good!! That is all.


Heidi August 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for this recipe. I do have a question- i have tried to make these 4 different times. Every time, the flavor is AMAZING- i love the spice, but i can not get the consistency correct!! Each time, they are too moist and fall apart and then the last time, I tried to keep the black bean mixture thicker and they fell apart because they were too chunky. HELP!!! : ) Thanks!


Kara August 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I found this recipe a while ago, but hesitated because I thought my hubby wouldn’t like them. Finally I decided to go ahead and it was a hit! I did use chipolte peppers in adobo sauce since I didn’t have a jalapeno and I did only make half the recipe in case they weren’t a hit. Now I wish I had made the whole recipe to have the rest to freeze!


Diatta August 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Now that looks DELISH. I need to try that.


Abby August 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

I LOVE Sunshine southwest black bean burgers. Sooooo good but I’m def going to try these.


Maise August 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

Omg, I just found you site through pinterest!SO GLAD, everything on here lokks amazing..good job!!! :)


Timmy August 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Anything boyfriend approved is usually delicious.


Crystal August 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Made these tonight and loved them! I left out the peppers (because I have children), used an egg instead of flax and water, and regular bread crumbs because that’s what I had on hand. These were SO much better than store bought–cheaper and I like that I know exactly what is in them. Thanks for another great recipe!


Jessica September 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

making these as I type!


Michelle Reynolds September 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I made these this weekend and they were AWESOME! FYI: I substituted chipotle pepper powder for the cumin and left out the jalapeno (didn’t have any). My Mom is the biggest critic of my recipe experiments and she gave these a 10 out of 10. Nummy….thanks for the recipe! I’m going to make up a big batch tonight and freeze them in individual burgers.


catsluvr January 4, 2013 at 8:47 am

This looks so delicious but I would like to know how to cut down on the sodium in these burgers without sacrificing too much taste.


Torrie @ a place to share... January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

found your site (and this recipe!) from DALS… adding it to my meal plan for the week!!


Torrie @ a place to share... January 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

i made these last night, and my husband kept saying, “these are GOOD”… “these are really GOOD…”, and after he literally declared, “these are the best veggie burgers we’ve ever had!” & he is not one to make those kind of statements often :). so, thank you for sharing this- a keeper!! (oh, and my kids highly approved as well)


Kim January 14, 2013 at 3:14 am

I made these burgers last night and they were delish! My husband, who is one picker eater loved them too! That says a lot!


Hilary January 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm

These are AWESOME! I have made them numerous times and they freez well….I am making them tonight for the week and can’t wait. Best veggie burger I have had!


brook June 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hi Hilary! How do you freeze the leftovers?


Hilary February 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

Hi Brooke! I just wrapped each one in celephane and put them all in a ziplock bag so i grab one as i needed!


carla January 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

This one’s a definite keeper. I hadn’t made black bean burgers at home before, and it was nice to work with such an easy, foolproof, and uber tasty recipe. As a bonus, you used accessible ingredients that a lot of us have on hand. Thank you!


Rachel January 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I saw these on Pinterest the other day and had to try! I made them tonight with my mom and we both loved them. Unfortunately, we were all out of avocado and didn’t have jalapeรฑo either! waaah! But, I improvised with a few of my own ingredients and added feta cheese, chipotle hot sauce, red bell peppers and roasted corn to the burger mixture. It was delicious. I put it on an Arnold’s flaxseed sandwich thin with jalapeรฑo greek yogurt dip, spinach and sliced tomato as our condiments. yum yum yum! great recipe! thanks :)


corrina hampson (cornwall chef) February 26, 2013 at 6:52 am

hi, great recipe :-) cant wait to try these. can you please tell me if i can leave out the flax?? what is it for?is there an alternative? thanks, corrina


L March 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

You can replace the flax seed and water with an egg. (: Worked for me!


Lynne M Meyer March 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Finding this recipe is like a dream come true. I have been utterly craving black bean burgers but hadn’t found just the right recipe until now — thank you!

One question though (and maybe I just missed this because I’m down with a nasty cold at the moment and am not thinking clearly): Do you drain and rinse the beans before using them, or do you add all of the contents of each can to the recipe? I always assume to rinse the beans, but I wasn’t sure if that would throw off the moisture levels or something.


Karina May 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

Definitely drain all can beans and rinse them before ever using them in any recipes.


Shawn March 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Fantastic burgers! I just made these for my husband and me, and we are new to veganism. The recipe is a keeper, and I see myself making this weekly. Going to make it again in 3 days for some friends.


Karina May 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

Great recipe! I substituted the “flax egg” for a “chia egg”, they are made the same way. It came out great! I froze 4 of the patties, and hope they keep up well. I’ll post an update if they don’t’. This recipe is an absolute keeper!

To reply to another post, I didn’t find these salty at all, and I’m not a fan of salt. The seasoning portions were perfect. Make sure to rinse out your beans though, that plays a huge factor on the consistency of the recipe and the salt levels.


brook June 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Can you freeze the leftovers if only making 2? If so, what’s the best way to do so?


Karli October 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Black beans are cooking in the crockpot. Can’t wait!


Destanny September 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

This recipe was amazing my meat eating mother left nothing on her plate (I’m a newborn vegan, approx 2 1/2 months) I added green onions and will prob make my mixture with an extra flax egg as well as maybe cooking them one at a time due to the delicate texture, when these babies crust up , it gives such a great “meaty” taste yumm , Thank you so much for the recipe .. im gluten free as used gluten free planko


Lainie Rullo October 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I’m sorry. I’m going to make two negative comments and I apologize in advance. It’s just hit a nerve.

1. May we PLEASE stop using the word “veggie”? We’re not kindergartners. Even when my children were kindergartners, I didn’t talk to them like this. They wouldn’t have appreciated my treating them like babies, as I don’t. Add “sammie” to my request.

2. I’ve been reading and using recipes for over 50 years. The list of ingredients used are supposed to be listed in the order used, thus, jalapeno and garlic should be the first ingredients. I expect those who seek to guide us to have a grasp of this very basic point. This isn’t nonsense; it helps the cook. Read any old cookbook.


Rachel Page January 8, 2015 at 9:39 pm

I’ve been trying to find the recipe for Whole Foods Veggie Burger and this recipe is very close to the ingredients on the package with other additional items. This will be a great starting point for me to work from. Thanks for sharing this.


Liz May 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

I made these tonight and they are definitely the first non-meat husband-approved burgers in our house! I served mine with avocado and grilled onions. Perfection! I also got 8 patties out of the mix. I was out of jalapeรฑos so I added cayenne and chili powder. There was way too much salt, though, so I cut that with extra tomato sauce/juice. We will definitely be making these again! Thank you!


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