Saturday, November 5, 2011

Black Bean Burgers

This meal knocked my socks off.  I have tried so hard to like black bean burgers for years.  You know, they're what vegetarians are supposed to eat, and therefore I should really dig these things.  Yet, everytime I try one again I am disappointed.  Usually they are dry, tasteless, boring, and they fall apart so it makes them almost impossible to eat.  But not these.  No, these were moist, they were bursting at the seams with flavor and they were as far from boring you can get.  Plus, they (mostly) stayed together and were way less annoying to eat than traditional black bean burgers.

I never would have tried another black bean burger recipe after several failed attempts.  So, when I showed up to my monthly cooking group, Bitchin' Kitchen, and this was the recipe we were going to make you can imagine my disappointment.  And then utter amazement ensued when these things actually tasted good!  Thanks for finding a winner Jen! 

We made a few changes to the original recipe, like swapping out ground oatmeal for bread crumbs to make this recipe gluten free.  And also I added more garlic, sweet chili sauce instead of spicy and used a red bell pepper to add some color.

This is a food processor meal.  You could theoretically make it by hand but it wouldn't be the quick meal that it is to throw together.  Have I ever told you how much I love my food processor?  It rocks my world on a daily basis.  How people ever lived without these precious things I do not know.

 This is a meal that you can make ahead of time and then throw everything in the oven 30 minutes before its time to eat. I made this whole meal yesterday afternoon (including the buns, which I'll get to in another post after a few tweaks) and then went to have some fun with some friends. We descended upon my house afterwards and all I had to do was turn on the oven and kick back and have a beer while we waited for dinner. My favorite kind of dinner party.


Oh, yeah, and the sweet potato fries.  Easy peasy.  I have been making these about three nights a week for dinner since I mastered them, thanks to Baking Jen's Blog!


Black Bean Burgers

Makes 10 servings


1 cup dried oats
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1/2 onion, cut into chunks
8 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 (15.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 eggs
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
Fixings - avocado, tomato, onion


Pulse oats in food processor until finely ground and set aside. 

Pulse bell pepper, onion and garlic in food processor until finely chopped.  Add black beans and pulse until thick and pasty.  Scrape black bean mixture into a large bowl. 

In a small bowl combine eggs, spices and chili sauce. Add egg mixture to bean mixture and stir well.  Add ground oats and stir well.  Put in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.  This will allow the mixture to firm up enough to form into patties. 

Preheat oven to 375F.  Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.  Form the bean mixture into 10 patties and place on baking sheet.  Bake the bean patties for 20 minutes, flipping them after 10 minutes.

Serve the burgers with avocado, tomato and onion on a bun.

Eat it!


  1. All it takes is one great recipe for something to turn your opinion around. I love black beans in most everything. But I've yet to find a blackbean soup that I like! These burgers look really good. I've heard that using oatmeal (even in meat recipes) helps to keep them moist! And kudos to you for running again. I can appreciate how hard to do with a little one. But I am so glad you found the time to do something good for yourself and something you so clearly love!

  2. Aw, thank you so much for the shout out! :)

  3. Oooh, these look wonderful! I've never made my own black bean burgers, but I dearly love them, so I should keep this in my to-try pile :)

  4. These look awesome, I love black bean burgers! And I just wanted to let you know that you won the "Triple Cute Awards" award! You can learn more about it on my blog post at:
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  5. They look delicious!! I started liking black bean burgers when I tried the ones from Au Bon Pain, they had a well rounded flavor :) I definitely have to try these!!

  6. I love black bean burgers but never make them at home. What a perfect meal with sweet potato fries!

  7. Wow - that IS a great recipe! I love when something like this exceeds your expectations! I also like the swap of the bread crumbs for oatmeal. Gluten isn't an issue for me, but it's nice to have the extra fiber!

  8. I used to sometimes get those black bean burgers from the freezer section of the grocery store. These look way better and they have oats. That's awesome!

  9. This is encouraging! I made black bean burgers last summer and they tasted good but like you said they fell apart so easy. :( I like your burgers better already and I haven't even made them yet. :)

  10. what a lovely recipe! makes for a perfect dinner!

  11. yay for vegetarian burgers! I love the addition of avocado:) Yum!

  12. Not only do your black bean burgers look amazing, but you are witty and charming and just delightful! Thank you for sharing with me...and thank you for visiting my own blog. I look forward to sharing posts in the future!

  13. Okay - I need to do more of these, and less of the beef....these look yummy, and easy! Thank you, Kichie-koo! ( that rhymes...)

  14. Loving it! Avocado makes everything more delicious. Also: your baby is so adorable!

  15. Yummy black bean burger recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  16. I love black bean burgers and we eat them very often. These sound very good with the oats added!

  17. definitely going to be trying these very very soon! thanks for sharing!

  18. I made black bean burgers once, but I wasn't impressed wtih them. This recipe looks oh so much better!

  19. I love these burgers! They are so filling! I added some chopped jalapeños to the mix, and it was a little spicy for my 8 year old so I won't do that again. Hubby is not much of a faux burger fan, but he gave them a 3 out of 5. Enjoy!

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