Black Bean Burger

An excellent Mexican flavored burger, with lots of nutrition; which is also a wonderful example of how great - meatless - burgers can be!


  • 1/4 cup black beans - cooked & mashed (fresh cooked preferred or canned)
  • 1/4 onion - diced
  • 1/4 colored bell pepper - diced
  • 1 garlic clove - diced
  • 1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 small carrot - shredded
  • 2 Tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 pinches chili powder
  • 2 pinches cajun spice blend
  • 3 Tbsp soy oil (for skillet or griddle)


Step 1

Mash up the cooked beans a little, but don't puree.

Step 2

Dice the onions, peppers and garlic.

Step 3

With the exception of the frying oil, combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl; then using your hands to knead ingredients, mix well. Form resulting burger 'meat' into a ball, then press into a patty.

Step 4

Have a griddle or skillet hot, pour in some oil for frying, then set burger on top. Cover burger and lower heat to medium low setting.

Step 5

After 4-5 minutes, flip the burger and continue cooking - uncovered - another 4-5 minutes.

Serve on a roll (or pita bread, or two slices of whole grain bread). For a deluxe version, melt a slice of soy cheese during final cooking phase, then top with salsa when placed on roll.

Recipe Source: Veggie Works Vegan Cookbook
Reprinted with permission from the author, Mark W. Rasmussen.
Photograph © Wanda Embar.

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