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May 14, 2020

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers are a healthy, hearty meal. These easy burgers are completely gluten-free, oil-free, and plant-based.

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

There's nothing that feels like summer more than a delicious burger! Biting into a big, thick patty covered in lettuce, tomato, pickles... so good!

I'm so excited to share a burger that is both good and good for you. You could easily go to the store and pick up some highly-processed veggie burgers, but these Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers are so easy to make that it doesn't make sense to waste the extra time, money, or calories.

Before now, I was hesitant to even try making my own burgers because they just seemed like a lot of work. Don't get me wrong, I love to spend time in the kitchen, but I had a feeling that I was going to make a mess of a burger that wasn't even good.

I don't know why I was so scared! I can't speak for all veggie burgers, but these black bean burgers are so easy. It's pretty hard to screw them up.

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

I started with a few basic ingredients: beans, oats, onion. Then I added some spices and other foods to give the burgers some incredible flavor and a kick at the end!

If I haven't sold you on these burgers already, I want to answer some common black bean burger questions. If I have, just skip to the recipe and get cooking!!

What do black bean burgers taste like?

It depends if you make or buy them. It also depends what recipe you use. Most of the time they taste like black beans mixed with spices.

Black beans have a pretty neutral flavor, so you don't have to worry about an off-putting taste if you aren't used to eating a lot of beans.

My Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers are - you guessed it - spicy. There's a whole teaspoon of cayenne, which is just enough for a wonderful kick of spice at the end of each bite. If you don't like spicy, just tone down the cayenne.

You'll also get notes of onion, garlic, mustard, and smoky flavor. Delicious!

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Are black bean burgers good for you?

This also depends on if you make or buy them. Since black bean burgers usually don't contain meat, eggs, or dairy you're already skipping the cholesterol, saturated fat, and unhealthy hormones that might be in a regular burger.

But if you choose to buy black bean burgers, they will probably have added oils, protein isolates, and concentrates that are very processed and very not good for you.

Which is why I suggest that you make your own! When you DIY your veggie burgers, you control the ingredients. My bean burgers contain only beans, oats, onion, and various spices. Nothing but healthy foods.

What's in a black bean burger?

I think I sound like a broken record at this point, but it depends on if you buy them or make them. It also depends what recipe you use. But I'll use this opportunity to talk about what's in these Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers.

  • Black Beans: Just a normal can of black beans.
  • Red Onion: Onion adds some extra flavor, texture, and bulk to the burgers.
  • Quick Oats: You can use quick or rolled oats. Either way, oats soak up some of the liquid from the beans and other ingredients, making sure the patties bind together.
  • Garlic: I used roasted garlic because I am OBSESSED with pre-roasted garlic that I buy at Fresh Thyme. But since these burgers get cooked, feel free to just use raw garlic.
  • Dijon Mustard: For a nice tang.
  • Lemon Juice: Ditto.
  • Liquid Smoke: Because smoky flavor is better than non-smoky flavor. I use this brand.
  • Cayenne: I love a kick of spice a the end of each bite. The spice is NOT overwhelming, but if you prefer no spice at all, decrease the amount to your taste.
  • Salt & Pepper: To enhance the flavor of all the other ingredients.

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers Ingredients

How do I cook black bean burgers?

My recipe calls for baking, because I find it to be easiest. You shape the patties and chill them on a baking sheet. Then you can just pop the baking sheet in the oven when you're ready to cook the burgers.

If you've already got the grill on, you could just as easily grill the burgers. Or you can pan fry them.

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

How to make Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Step 1. Add the black beans, onion, quick oats, roasted garlic, mustard, lemon juice, liquid smoke, cayenne, salt, and pepper to a food processor. The mixture should be moist but thick.

Step 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wet your hands. Shape the mixture into 5 patties. Place the patties on the baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Step 3. Transfer the burgers to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve burgers on gluten-free, vegan buns or on top of lettuce. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, etc.

I ate mine with some delicious corn on the cob and homemade Vegan Garlic Parsley Aioli. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for the gift of cooking. We are grateful that you give us the ability to create meals that are good for us. Amen.

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

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Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers are a healthy, hearty meal. These easy burgers are completely gluten-free, oil-free, and plant-based.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

5

Prep:

35

min

cook:

15

min

total:

50

min

Ingredients

  • 1 15 Ounce Can Black Beans, drained
  • 1 Small Red Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/3 Cups Quick Oats
  • 2 Cloves Roasted Garlic*
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the black beans, onion, quick oats, roasted garlic, mustard, lemon juice, liquid smoke, cayenne, salt, and pepper to a food processor. The mixture should be moist but thick.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wet your hands. Shape the mixture into 5 patties. Place the patties on the baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350.
  3. Transfer the burgers to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Serve burgers on gluten-free, vegan buns or on top of lettuce. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, etc. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can sub raw garlic, if desired.

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography