Black Bean Burgers

Gina Homolka’s Spicy Black Bean Burger with Chipotle Mayo

These burgers are a great alternative to meat. The spice options are boundless so don't be afraid to get creative with the sauces!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Freezing Time for Patties2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 4 people


  • Strainer or Colander
  • Potato Masher
  • Blender or Food Processor


  • 1 can Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped scallions
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper hot sauce (I use Valentina)
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • 4 rolls Whole Wheat potato rolls (I use onion rolls)
  • 1 medium Hass Avocado, thinly sliced


Chipotle Mayo

  • Combine mayonnaise and chopped chipotle chile in a bowl and mix. I use Sriracha.

Black Bean Burgers

  • Rinse out beans in a strainer or colander. Once they're dry, mash with a fork or potato smasher until it forms a past in a large bowl.
  • In the blender or food processor, add the chopped bell pepper, scallions, garlic, and cilantro until well blended.
  • Then add the egg, oats, hot sauce, salt, and cumin to the mix. Pulse until the ingredients form a red mixture.
  • Fold the red bell pepper mixture into the bowl of mashed beans.
  • With slightly oiled or wet hands, form four patties. Sometimes I have enough to make five. Place these on a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper or wax paper to line the sheet.
  • If your mixture is too runny, add extra oats until you get a thicker consistency.
  • Let freeze for two hours minimum or your patties will break apart on the stove.
  • I use a griddle (you can use a fry pan) to heat my patties on both sides. It usually takes between 7-10 minutes each. Also, toast the buns for about 5 minutes.
  • Add a layer of the Chipotle Mayo (or Sriracha Mayo) to the buns before lining them with thin slices of avocado. I add lettuce too before placing the patty on the buns.
  • If you're bringing your burger to work, store the lettuce separately. Warming lettuce up in the microwave with the burger will turn it soggy.
Black Bean Burger with a side of Air-Fryer Fries

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