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Black Bean Burgers

These Black Bean Burgers are a delicious and flavourful meatless option that the whole family will love! Serve them up on a bun or have them with a salad for a lighter option! {Vegetarian & gluten-free}
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 burgers
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Elysia


  • 2 14 oz cans no salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 small chopped yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (can also sub in whole-wheat bread crumbs)*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • Handful of fresh cilantro about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Rinse and drain the beans and spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Blot them gently with a paper towel to get rid of the extra moisture. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes to help them dry out.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Cook the pepper, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until softened and fragrant.
  • Combine all of the ingredients, including the beans, in a food processor and lightly pulse until combined, but still slightly chunky. You don't want the consistency to turn completely into mush.
  • Adjust the temperature of the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the bean mixture into 8 patties and place on the parchment paper, leaving about an inch between each patty.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for at least 10-15 minutes, which will give them time to firm up.
  • Serve in a bun, in a lettuce wrap or along with a salad!


*If you find that the consistency of the black bean mixture is too mushy when blending in the food processor, add more almond flour or bread crumbs to the mixture gradually. If the consistency is too soft to form burgers, add an extra quarter cup and increase from there until desired consistency is reached.
** I have not tested the burgers on the barbecue yet. If you decide to test them on the grill, I would recommend putting the patties on the BBQ from a frozen state to help them stay together. Simply freeze the patties on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and transfer them to the grill when ready to cook.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg
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