Mexican Black Bean Burgers
Homemade vegetarian burgers made with black beans and a Mexican flair! Hot sauce and fresh cilantro in these black bean burgers will have you coming back for seconds!
8 burgers (about 4 inches in diameter)
3 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 2 cans, rinsed and drained)
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1-2 tablespoons hot sauce (We like Tapatio!)
1/2 cup (loosely measured) chopped fresh cilantro
1 to 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
Oil, for cooking
For serving (pick and choose!):
Lettuce leaves, washed
Fresh tomato slices
Fresh tomato salsa
1. In a food processor bowl, combine the black beans, granulated onion and garlic, salt, pepper, eggs, hot sauce, and cilantro. Pulse until mixture is creamy (some small pieces of beans is okay!)
If your food processor is small, you can do this in two batches, but be sure to put one of the eggs in each batch, as the egg helps it be thin enough to blend.
If you don't have a food processor, you could try doing this in the blender, but you will have to stir it down a bit to make sure everything gets blended. Or, put everything in a bowl and blend with clean hands. Freshly-cooked and still-warm (but not hot!) beans will make this process easier.
2. Transfer creamed bean mixture to a mixing bowl, and then stir in enough of the bread crumbs to make a sticky dough, similar to cookie dough. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes, to thicken. (You can prepare your toppings during this time!)
3. Preheat a skillet (I use cast iron) or griddle or indoor grill over medium heat. With slightly wet hands, form burger dough into 8 patties, about 1/2-inch thick.
4. Add some oil (about 2 tablespoons) to the skillet or griddle (or lightly spray an indoor grill with oil) and when oil is hot (hold hand over it to feel heat rising), fry burgers for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned on the outside and hot in the middle (middle will be moist). You can adjust the heat if the burgers seem to be cooking too slowly or browning too quickly.
Serve hot with toppings and enjoy!
To make freezer bean burgers: Prepare patties as directed above (steps 1-3), but don't heat a skillet. Place shaped patties on layers of waxed paper (two layers of paper between each burger) and seal in a Ziplock freezer bag. Label and freeze.
To prepare frozen patties*: Preheat skillet as directed (step 3 above), continue with step 4 and place still-frozen patties in the oil to cook. When using frozen patties, they will take 6-8 minutes on each side instead of 3-4 minutes.
Before cooking; the burgers look very similar to beef or turkey burgers!
*You can thaw the burgers before cooking (use the shorted coooking time then) but I've tried both thawed and still-frozen and both were good, so I feel the thawing step is unnecessary! :)
This recipe was inspired by Katie Kimball's Mexican Black Bean Burgers recipe, featured in The Everything Beans Book. :)
20 minutes (if starting with cooked/canned beans)
Making these black bean burgers was really fun! I love, love, LOVE the flavors. These burgers are hard to stop eating!! :)
They look similar to a beef burger, and the crisp fried outside is reminiscent of a grilled beef burger, but the inside is tender and flavorful and not dry.
Can you taste the beans in these burgers? Yes, but not over-powerfully so. These are called "Mexican Black Bean Burgers" for a reason! The black beans and seasonings combine for a fantastic taste experience!
An added plus is that these burgers are easy to make (once your beans are already cooked!) and freeze GREAT. Cooking from frozen makes for a super convenient meal in just minutes!
I served these to a friend for lunch and she was surprised at how GREAT (not just good!) these burgers are, and asked for the recipe. ;)
This is definitely a must-make if you're a fan of beans, Mexican food, want to stock your freezer with easy-to-make meals, or just want a good non-meat burger every now and then! :)
Mexican Black Bean Burgers, served on Homemade Buttermilk Wheat Buns