Black Bean Burgers

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A hearty alternative to a hamburger, if you’re vegetarian or health conscious this ‘burger’ will knock your socks off.


  • 1 can (14 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 c. minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast
  • 1 T. tahini
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns


  1. Place black beans in a large bowl and mash with a fork to a chunky consistency.
  2. Grind oats into a coarse flour using a blender or food processor and add to the bowl with beans. Add remaining ingredients through tahini and combine until a thick batter is formed.
  3. Place bean mixture in the refrigerator to chill and allow flavors to meld for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Place a large skillet coated with vegetable oil spray over medium-high heat. Using your hands, divide bean mixture into four portions and form each into a patty.
  5. Place patties in skillet and cook 6 to 7 minutes on each side until patties are crisp and lightly browned.
  6. Serve on toasted buns and top with desired trimmings.

I couldn’t find any ground cumin (which frankly seems a bit odd but if you’ve ever seen my cupboards you would understand why I’m not inspired to look for anything for more than 30 seconds), so instead I used about a teaspoon of ground red pepper. I can’t say I noticed any heat from the red pepper in the finished product.

This dough is extremely sticky. Even though I formed the patties and then stuck them in the freezer for a while, they still stuck to the plate as I tried to remove them and put them in the frying pan. I would recommend freezing for a good half an hour to hour before frying.

As there were only three of us eating dinner, we made three larger patties, which may have been a bit too large. Halfway through this ‘burger’ I was extremely full. Though I did have two Parmesan Spinach Cakes prior to noshing on this burger, which may have been the real reason I was so full!

Both Sis and I said our minds couldn’t reconcile the look of a burger with the taste of black beans, etc. I kept thinking I was going to sink my teeth into a hamburger patty. Still, a tasty alternative.

Recipe rating:

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