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Black Bean Burger
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5 from 2 votes

Veggie Burger Recipe

A fair amount of work, but my vegetarian wife says this is the best veggie burger recipe she has ever eaten, home made, from the store or in a restaurant.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 4


  • 2 cans black beans 15-ounce cans
  • 5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 slices cheese optional
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a medium sauce pan.  Add 1 teaspoon of the minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of the diced onion.  Sweat (low heat, just barely sizzling) for about 10 minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Add black beans, undrained. Add water.  Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  This will reduce the gassy effect from the beans by breaking down oligosaccharides (the what? You heard me).
  • While the beans are cooking, sauté the remaining olive oil, garlic, onions and mushrooms in a sauté pan.
  • Drain and rinse the beans.  Return to sauce pan and mash lightly with a potato masher (or large fork) until about 1/2 are smooshed completely. (yes, "smooshed" it a technical term)
  • Add the sautéd mushrooms, onions, garlic and remaining oil and juices from the sauté pan to the beans. Add the cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin, chili powder, and bread crumbs. Stir.
  • Beat the egg and mix into the beans.
  • Form into patties and place on wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour prior to grilling. This will let the flavors blend and the patties form.
  • Brush some olive oil on the patties prior to grilling over high direct heat. Oil the grill grate before grilling. Cook for about 2 minutes per side. Add cheese if you like.


Serving: 4g