Easy Black Bean Burgers

Easy Black Bean Burgers

This easy homemade black bean burger recipe is the perfect meal for your next cookout or weeknight dinner. They are hearty, and delicious with a hint of spice. 

This recipe is perfect for the vegetarian in your life or a meatless Monday. My Dad and I were vegetarians for several years and these were always a favorite! 

What is a Black Bean Burger Made Of?

These easy black bean burgers are made of black beans, flour, an egg, sauteed onions and mushrooms, minced garlic, and many delicious spices. All served on a hamburger bun with American cheese, lettuce, red onion, and sliced tomatoes. 

How To Make the Best Black Bean Burgers

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If you are using dry beans, start by picking out any bad ones and rinsing them. You can cook the beans on the stove (~ 2- 3 hours ) or in an Instant pot (~ 35 minutes).  After the beans are cooked, drain them and set them aside. 

First, on medium heat, cook the sliced onions with butter and ¼ teaspoon of salt. The salt helps to bring the water out of the onions and allows them to caramelize. Cook the onions until they are translucent. 

Next, add in the sliced mushrooms. Cook until they start to brown and the onions are soft and caramelized. Cook the minced garlic with the mushrooms and onions for 2 minutes to bring out its flavor. Set it aside.

In a food processor, add the cooked black beans (reserving ¼ cup ), and sauteed mushrooms and onions. Pulse for 30 seconds to mix everything together. Don’t blend the bean mixture too much, you want a chunky texture. 

In a large bowl, mix together the bean mixture, the reserved beans, flour, a beaten egg, and spices.

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Fry ¼ cup-sized black bean burgers in a hot cast-iron skillet in either ghee or vegetable oil. Fry each side for 3 – 4 minutes, until very golden brown. Allow them to cool on a wire rack. 

Serve with hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and sliced cheddar cheese or American cheese. Enjoy!

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Tools You May Need For this Recipe:

Large cast-iron skillet, for extra crispy black bean burgers

Large mixing bowl

Food processor

Instant Pot, to cook the beans faster

Garlic press

Wire rack

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What is your favorite vegetarian dish?

If you make this recipe, let me know how it turned out! Leave a comment, a star rating, or tag me on Instagram (@themidwestkitchenblog). Thank you for reading! Enjoy!

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Easy Black Bean Burgers

  • Author: Tonya | The Midwest Kitchen Blog
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 burgers 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian



This easy homemade black bean burger recipe is the perfect meal for your next cookout or weeknight dinner. They are hearty, and delicious with a hint of spice.


  • 3 cups black beans, cooked, or 1 cup dried
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, or 23 small onions, sliced
  • 1 (8oz) package mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Ghee or vegetable oil for frying the burgers

Optional toppings:

  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced red onions
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cheddar cheese or American cheese




  1. If using dry beans, pick out any bad beans and rinse. Cook in an Instant pot on high pressure for 35 minutes. Or on the stove for 2 – 3 hours. Drain bean juice, and set aside. 
  2. On medium heat, cook the sliced onions in a large skillet with butter and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cook until the onions are translucent, 7 minutes. Then add in the sliced mushrooms, stir occasionally. Cook until the onions are soft and caramelized and the mushrooms start to brown, 15 minutes. 
  3. Next, add in the minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes to deepen its flavor.
  4. In a food processor, add the drained black beans (reserving ¼ cup), and the sauteed mushrooms and onions. Pulse the mixture for 30 seconds. You want the mixture to still be chunky.  
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the bean mixture, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, ground paprika, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, black pepper, flour, and a beaten egg. 
  6. Heat ghee or vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet. Make ¼ cup-sized burgers, press them down gently and cook for 3 – 4  minutes per side, until they are very golden brown. Allow the black bean burgers to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serve on hamburger buns with sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Enjoy!

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