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Spicy Black Bean Burger

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Now, I’m a girl who likes her protein. If you know anything about me, you know that I eat all kinds of exotic meats, so it is rare that you’ll see me making a bean burger. But there was something about this Spicy Black Bean Burger from Keep It Simple Foods that caught my eye. I loved that it was packed with veggies and it used my favorite ingredient in the universe: Sriracha. So I thought I’d branch out, and the results were thrilling.


You will need: red bell pepper, Sriracha my love, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, bread crumbs, parsley, onion, garlic, one egg, and black beans.

You don’t need mustard. I’m not sure why I put it in the picture. Maybe I was anticipating what I was going to put on my burger. But the truth is that you could add it to the mixture along with any other spices that you like. There is room to be creative here.


Remove the seeds from the pepper, peel and cut off half an onion, and peel some garlic cloves.


Throw it all in a food processor and pulse until chunky.


Next, mash the black beans with a fork or, put them in the food processor as well and pulse them a few times. You’ll need to make sure the are well-drained first. You’ll also need to try not to get overzealous like I did and over-puree. It will be harder to form the burgers this way. But I like a challenge.


Next, coarsely chop some parsley.


Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.


If the mixture seems too wet, feel free to strain it through a fine mesh strainer. Then add the bread crumbs.


Mix well until uniform and with a consistency that will allow you to form a patty. You may need to add more bread crumbs to get it to where you want.


Heat a skillet with a bit of oil and form a patty. Sprinkle it with bread crumbs on one side …


Then place it bread crumb side down into the hot oil and sprinkle the other side with bread crumbs. Do this with all four patties. You can finish these on the stove top, or if your patties seem fragile, heat the oven to 350ºF and just transfer the skillet to the oven so that they cook uniformly.


Remove them from the oven and doctor them with all of your favorite toppings. I used a thin bun so that the bean burger could be the star. Then I added sliced avocado, ripe tomatoes and my favorite condiments. It was truly delicious.

Thanks to Jennifer for expanding my repertoire! Check out her website, Keep It Simple Foods, for some other delightful recipes.


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The best veggie burger you’ll ever eat. So tasty you won’t miss the meat!


  • 1 can (16 Oz. Size) Black Beans
  • ½ whole Onion, Cut Into Wedges
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Peeled And Rough Chopped
  • 1 whole Red Pepper, Stem And Seeds Removed, Chopped
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha Hot Sauce (or Your Favorite Hot Sauce)
  • ½ cups Finely Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 4 whole Burger Buns Or Kaiser Rolls

Preparation Instructions

Drain the can of black beans. In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork or a potato masher.

Use a food processor to chop the onion, garlic, and red pepper until very fine. Stir the mixture in with the beans.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the egg, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, Sriracha and cilantro. Add this to the bean mixture and combine well.

If the mixture has a lot of liquid, strain with a cheesecloth or let it strain through a colander with very fine holes. Once the excess liquid has drained off, return the bean mixture to the bowl and stir in half of the bread crumbs.

Use your hands to form four evenly sized patties. Coat the outside of the burger patties in the remaining bread crumbs.

Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Cook burgers in the pan until heated through and slightly browned on both sides.

Put the burger on top of a bun. Dress with all your favorite burger condiments and enjoy!


There’s so much to say about Georgia, we don’t know where to start. Leaving Wall Street for the French Culinary Institute, followed by a stint at the Gramercy Tavern and La Chassagnette in France, her passion for food and food traditions are evident and inspiring. Visit her site at Georgia Pellegrini, where you’ll find more recipes, photos, learn all about her wonderful books Girl Hunter and Food Heroes, and enjoy her latest adventures.



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Laurie on 6.26.2012

Made these tonight as sliders, I thought they were great. My husband liked them, but wanted to know how to make them firmer. Does anyone have any ideas?

Alison on 6.18.2012

Can you tell me where I can find the nutritional info for this black bean burger recipe?
Thank you,

Sarah on 5.28.2012

I made these tonight and they were delicious! Thanks for posting hte recipe!

shaantio on 4.7.2012

These were so, so good! I made them as sliders, served with sauteed mushrooms and onions and Hawaiian sweet rolls. I am a vegetarian, but my ‘guys’ aren’t and they all gave 2 thumbs up.

Jenna on 4.2.2012

I made these for our dinner tonight and had to nibble to make sure hubby would approve. Oh glory gee. We use dried beans, so I guesstimated 2 cups, which worked perfectly. I subbed in some cracker crumbs for half the bread, upped the garlic to 5 cloves, skipped the onion powder which we don’t have in the house and added about a 1/4 cup of pureed black mushrooms (from the Asian store?) and wow.

So glad this made extras for freezing!!! Thanks for a yummy recipe!

Becky B on 3.30.2012

This recipe is a keeper, prepared them Tuesday and everyone loved them, just enough hot to make it good.

molly stillman on 3.28.2012

GAH. i MUST try this. looks SOOOO good.

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Ann Ahnert on 3.27.2012

I make turkey and black bean burgers all of the time. I do it slightly differently. I use extra lean ground turkey (shady hill), cilatro instead of parsley, a chopped red onion, jalapeno pepper, and hot spicy taco seasoning (old el paso). I only use bread crumbs (1/2 c) if mixture is too wet. I do puree in food processor. I have used a number of variations: green pepper, red pepper, carrots and zucchini. My husband and family love them. my recipe makes 7-6oz burgers. I will definitely have to try the sriracha, I love spicy!

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Aggie's Kitchen on 3.27.2012

I love this! I’ve been really wanting to make a good homemade black bean burger lately. These look awesome, love the crust on them…and really love the sriracha!!!

Diana on 3.26.2012

This recipe looks strikingly similar to a recipe I’ve been making for years off of

layla on 3.26.2012

Sriracha ?? Is that like a chilli sauce? we don’t have it in UK but do have hot chilli sauce instead, would that work?

Shari on 3.26.2012

This looks wonderful and I will definitely be making them this week but have a question, in the step by step with the pictures you reference the green herb as being parsley but in the recipe version you list the ingredient as Cilantro, by the look and flavor profile I’m thinking it’s Cilantro but wanted to confirm. Thanks

Heather on 3.26.2012

Done! I making these tomorrow night and cant wait!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions on 3.26.2012

I had to laugh at your first paragraph because yes, you are totally not the person I would expect to make a meatless meal with being such an expert on wild game. : ) But your photos and description of this black bean burger has me drooling!

VA DE PAN on 3.26.2012

Wow, so yummy!!!!

BigCooker on 3.26.2012

Thanks Georgia, I love using Panko crumbs myself. I make Chevyman burgers but I also make a version of these for me! He is a man of few words but when both burgers are going at once, he has to be sure that I do not mistakenly add one to his plate, lol…These look great and I am adding these to this weeks menu for me!

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Laurie - Simply Scratch on 3.26.2012

Looks soooo good!

Yogamama on 3.26.2012

Thanks Georgia! I love black bean burgers and have been looking for a good recipe to try and I’m excited about using sriracha sauce, my fave! Clever choice of buns, thanks for the tip!