There are so many black bean burgers on the market these days, yet I’ve tried more bad versions than good. So, I created my own black bean burger recipe. It’s crispy on the outside, super filling, flavorful, and perfect for the next cookout or game day feature. It’s also vegan, and full of good-for-you benefits.
Why choose a vegan burger
Burgers are an American staple at many BBQs, birthday parties, game day gatherings, and more. Yet they honestly leave me feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish. I like the idea of a burger, yet want something that can delight my tastebuds without the negative side effects. The black beans and cooked quinoa give this burger a great texture, while the spices bring in a flavorful punch.
Though this homemade black bean burger recipe does take some time to prepare, it is well worth it. Store bought vegan burgers are often full of really processed ingredients, as well as tons of sodium. This vegan option offers real, whole food ingredients that actually taste good.
Black bean burger recipe
Let me breakdown my recipe as well as provide a few tips along the way for easy baking/storage. I use coconut oil in this recipe, because it withstands a higher heat than olive oil. Feel free to swap with avocado oil to avoid any coconut flavoring. If you want more perfectly shaped patties, use the rimmed part of a wide mouth mason jar lid to shape them. I use this method in my vegan hash cakes recipe from Fresh Start Autumn, and they turn out beautifully! Definitely don’t skip the fridge/freezer rest time. This ensures the patties don’t fall apart while cooking. Nobody wants crumbly burgers!
Freezing/prepping ahead options
Because this black bean burger recipe takes a bit to make, I usually double or triple the batch so that I can freeze them. Just follow steps 1-3, then put the frozen patties in freezer safe storage until you’re ready to cook. They don’t even need to thaw before cooking, just make sure add a few extra minutes per side in the skillet to cook through.
These vegan burgers can also be made a day or two in advance. If I know a block party is coming, I’ll make a batch a few days ahead, so they’re ready to go.
Plant based toppings for the black bean burger
If you want to make these burgers 100% vegan, that includes the toppings. To add in a creaminess without the cheese, I like to toss on a few slices of avocado. An avocado crema is also a great addition, to give creaminess + a little tang. Or try my vegan kale slaw recipe for a delicious crunch topping. Vegan pesto is another flavorful addition to spice up this black bean burger. And don’t forget the perfect fresh toppings, like lettuce, purple onion, and tomato.
If you need a gluten free bun option, check out this recipe from my friend Danielle Walker. I like to make a batch of these and freeze them, so I have one on hand for my next black bean burger!
While this black bean burger recipe is the main feature of a cookout, we all know that sides play a vital role in a delicious meal. Check out these fresh sides that are both yummy and healthy!
Cauliflower buffalo wings– I often bring these to game day parties, and they’re always a huge hit! Don’t forget the cashew herbed dipping sauce!
Healthy-ish rice krispie treats– For sure a game changer, these delicious treats are an upgrade from the traditional rice krispies of my childhood.
Sweet potato chips + guacamole– My book, Simple Green Meals, has several amazing sides for any party. If the sweet potato wedges below aren’t your thing, definitely try my take on sweet potato chips, and this tried and true guacamole recipe. You could even top your vegan black bean burger with this guac, it’s that good!Print