Confession: I totally used making this recipe for dinner as an excuse to skip going to the gym after work.

Fact: this recipe took me all of about 15 min total to make ( if you don’t count the 20 minutes I spent going to 3 different markets to find whole wheat buns for my picky boyfriend who refuses to eat white bread of any sort)

Conclusion: Apparently I don’t need much convincing to skip a workout (I wish that wasn’t the case).

The good news is that I promised myself, with Nate as my witness, that I will wake up early enough tomorrow to work out before work instead. I even went so far as to tell him that if I don’t wake up when I’m supposed to, he can pull the sheets off me and splash water on my face. Cold water. Now if that’s not a genuine promise, I don’t know what is.

The real point of this whole little story is that this recipe is quick.

And easy.

And requires few ingredients.

And is delicious.

So delicious that your carniverous husband/bf/self won’t notice that it’s missing meat. Plus, its way cheaper and healthier than making meat burgers.

I also want to say that most black bean type burgers fall apart when I try to flip them, but these were unusually sturdy!

Make these: your wallet, waistline and palatte will thank me ;)

Quick Black Bean Burgers
Adapted from Cooking Light (11/09)

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Makes 4 patties

1 cup bread crumbs/quick oats or a combination (I used half/half)
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 (15.25-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Combine oil, garlic, and beans in processor; pulse 8 times or until beans make a thick paste. Scrape bean mixture into bowl.

Stir in breadcrumbs, rind and remaining ingredients. With moistened hands, divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions (about 1/3 cup mixture per portion), shaping each into a 3-inch patty.

Spray a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add patties to pan; reduce heat to medium, and cook 4 minutes or until bottom edges are browned. Carefully turn patties over; cook 3 minutes or until bottom edges are done.


  1. I’m sorry, but white rolls are just nasty. There I said it.

  2. This looks nice, been a while since I ate blackbean burger

    • Me too! In the past I never made them cuz I hated pulling out the huge food processor. But now I have one of those small 3-cup ones (christmas present from nate’s mom!) and so I was excited i can finally make them easily :)

  3. I purposely try to eat some sweets every night so I HAVE to get up early and work out the next morning. Okay, it’s not on purpose, but that’s what usually happens. :) I have been meaning to try black bean burgers, and this looks like the recipe for me. You had me way befoe sturdy, but that was the clincher.

  4. That tomato and the cheese look amazing. Great photos.

  5. Great photos! I made black bean burgers a long time ago and forgot all about them this summer! Well, summer’s not over yet and I’m so glad I saw this post; looking forward to trying out your recipe!

  6. My waistline will definitely thank me if I eat these instead of heavy, beef burgers. I love your justifying not going to the gym to make these because I literally did the exact same thing yesterday after work. BUT, I made pasta….not so healthy, woops! These look awesome Amy!

    • Hehe, I would have enjoyed pasta more probably…I’m a carbaholic. I also helped justify my excuse by telling myself I was also making a recipe for the blog, thereby killing two birds with one stone ;)

  7. ahhh black bean burgers are the best. love simple and easy veg burgers. i bet this would hold great together with flaxseed too!

    • :) I think I’ve only tried making black bean burgers one other time and my bf at the time was horrified by my meat-free meal and threw a fit (you can see why he’s an ex!). Luckily Nate’s big on bean-based meals :)

  8. My measly sandwich for supper makes me sad as I eat it and read this – I want this now!! I smell a weekend coming up..and a black bean burger on the menu!

    • Hehe, awwww. Well if it makes you feel better, when I was single I never cooked meals for myself. Dinner was usually yogurt or just snacks all night! A sandwich sounds rather refined compared to that ;)

  9. I have mixed emotions about black bean burgers. I’m just being honest… ;) But I want to try your recipe because maybe it would change my mind/life.

    Also – don’t be jealous of our house! It’s so much work, Amy… it overwhelms me. And you get to live in Manhattan!! That’s so awesome.

    • Hehe, well i hope you’ll give them a try…the texture isn’t bad, but you’re more than welcome to not like them ;)

      True, true, I should enjoy Manhattan while I’m still here. I can’t wait to have a house though. I can’t really do any of the actual building remodeling myself, but I will definitely be doing as much DIY projects as possible! I totally can’t wait to see your pictures along the way. Before and Afters are my favorite things ever :)

  10. I love black bean burgers and I also love that it is from cooking light!! :)

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  12. Haha I’m totally with you in being so easy to convince out of a workout. At least you went the next morning, so props to you! :) These look really good! Definitely worth trying, especially if you say meat lovers will love them. You’ve got me convinced!

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