Meatless Meals Recipe: Homemade Black Bean Burgers!

I have been wanting to make black bean burgers for some time now, but was intimidated by them for some reason. I can’t even remember what that reason is now that I have made them…

I have been trying to introduce more “healthy” meals into Ryan and my diet, which isn’t the easiest when the bf is not so prone to loving vegetables, and DEFINITELY does NOT go out of his way to eat beans. I think that is why I put these off for so long. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I made the brisket baked beans, and he loved them. It was after that meal when he asked me “what healthy food do you want me to try next?” That was my cue!

Don’t judge me here, I am about to admit something that the Boston Foodie Community may disown me for….I love Chili’s Black Bean Burger. It is true, I can’t hide it any longer. Now, I haven’t been to Chili’s in about 5 years, and I only had the black bean burger once, but I have dreamt about it for the years in between. I have tried other black bean burgers, and they just never seemed right. I want the consistency of char on the outside and a nice soft inside. Well, you know what they say, if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. With that in mind, I present to you…Homemade Black Bean Burgers…and yes, they were just right!

They actually brown up nicely!

Side Note: I ate mine on a super healthy Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita and topped it with Frank’s Red Hot…I eat that sh$t on everything! But feel free to dress your burger up any way you like!


  • 14 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1/4 Vidalia onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 red pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Sriracha (Can sub other hot sauce or omit completely. If you like it spicy, feel free to add more…I did!)
  • Salt to taste


  • Place rinsed black beans in a food processor or blender with Sriracha (if using).
  • Pulse the beans until they are a paste. You may have to stir them several times to make sure all beans are processed
  • Place bean paste in a mixing bowl
  • Place onions, peppers, garlic, cilantro and parsley in food processor or blender and pulse until well blended but not liquidy.
  • Line a plate with paper towels and pour veggie mix on top of towels. Blot with another paper towel to remove some moisture.
  • Immediately remove the veggies from the plate and put them in the mixing bowl with the beans. If you leave the veggies on the plate too long they will stick to the paper towel.
  • Mix everything together very well (like kneading meat for meatballs)
  • Add the panko and mix again
  • Add salt and more sriracha to taste
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  • Form bean mixture into patties and place in hot skillet
  • Flatten patties with a spatula
  • Allow to cook 5 minutes on each side, or until brown
  • Remove from pan, serve on your favorite bun, pita or salad!

16 Replies to “Meatless Meals Recipe: Homemade Black Bean Burgers!”

  1. Yum! I just tried black bean burgers for the first time ever recently and I have to say….I think I prefer them over the beef ones. I never thought I would say that. Did you not have problems with forming the patties? I added panko to mine to stiffen them up a bit. I love how you added sriracha to yours. I didn’t think of that so I guess I’m going to have to make them again. Everything is better with sriracha! Have a great weekend, Candace

    • Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for your comment, and for posting it so soon….because I completely forgot to include the panko! This has never happened to me before, thank you so, so much for jogging my brain! I just revised it. And yes, this would probably just make a sloppy (but tasty) mess without the panko. With it, the patties formed beautifully! PS-I just updated the recipe to include the crumbs.

  2. These look delicious! I am a little intimidated by making them, too, but my hubby LOVES the Chili’s black bean burger, like you, so I’m motivated to try this!
    Visiting from Saturday Swap.

  3. Yummm. I’m a huuuge fan of bean burgers!! It’s so easy to take a can of beans, mash them, throw in some fresh veggies, breadcrumbs, and an egg–and fry to perfection!

  4. We would never disown you! I’m sure everyone in the blogging commmunity has guilty pleasures. I love Cheesecake Factory’s Tex-Mex eggrolls — I know. Shun me now. 🙂

  5. Haha – a black bean burger, even if from Chilis, is totally not something to be ashamed of. I recently made chickpea burgers and am excited to branch out to other veggie burgers. Black bean is a good next step!

  6. *sigh* I love black bean burgers, too, but never make them very well. I should try this recipe- it looks really good! And just to make you feel better, I love Bahama Breeze’s Key Lime Pie more than any other in the world 🙂

  7. Yummm. I’m a huuuge fan of bean burgers!! It’s so easy to take a can of beans, mash them, throw in some fresh veggies, breadcrumbs, and an egg–and fry to perfection!

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