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Black Bean Burgers

A fun, delicious and healthy vegetarian burger featuring black beans!


  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) no-salt-added black beans, drained & rinsed (yields 2 cups/500 mL cooked beans)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cooked brown rice
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) white or Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Tabasco sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) salsa, heat level as desired
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Toppings

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) salsa, heat level as desired
  • Romaine, butter or leaf lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)


In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a potato masher or fork.

Add rice, onions, Tabasco sauce, egg, bread crumbs and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) salsa. Mix well.

Divide mixture into 4 and form into patties that are about 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Meanwhile, cook patties over medium heat in a non-stick pan for 4-5 minutes each side or until lightly browned. Transfer to an oven proof pan and cook in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

For the toppings, combine salsa and yogurt in a small bowl. Serve burgers with yogurt/salsa sauce, lettuce and avocado (if desired).


This recipe makes 4 large burgers or 12 sliders!

You can do these burgers on the BBQ in a cast iron pan or flat top griddle! Heat canola oil in the cast iron pan or on the griddle over medium heat, add patties and cook 5 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Turn of flame, close BBQ lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes for delicious vegetarian burgers!

Reviews [2]

I liked it

Pretty tasty, I added some chopped jalepenos for some extra kick

Tricia Perrier

Taught this in a cooking class and the participants thoroughly enjoyed!