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Juicy Black Bean Burgers
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Juicy Black Bean Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

I've been trying to think of meals to make for my boyfriend and I, in order to get him more acquainted with vegan meals. He isn't vegetarian or vegan, but is relatively open to trying whatever I make (within reason.. he is a bit picky ;)), so I tried to make a "meaty" meal for him and he really loved these black bean burgers! He almost couldn't believe they were vegan. I sent him home with the leftovers!

If you are trying to show someone how yummy vegan burgers can be, or just want some for yourself, then give these a go! I'm sure they would freeze well too!


  • 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small Onion, diced 
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Cup gluten free all purpose flour (or sorghum or non-gluten free if you don't need/want gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Walnuts 
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Sunflower Seeds 
  • 2-3 tbs Nutritional Yeast 
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional and to taste)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning 
  • Couple drops of liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 tbs vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce / nama shoyu / liquid aminos 
  • Topping Ideas: Sliced tomatoes, baby spinach, Romaine, vegan Mayo, Sliced vegan cheese, sliced pickles, alfalfa sprouts, green onion


  1. Add the sunflower seeds and walnuts into a food processor and finely chop them up. Add into a large bowl. Rinse off black beans and process in a food processor until blended (there can be some whole beans remaining) and place in the bowl. If you don't have a food processor, you can mash them instead.
  2. Dice and mince the onion and garlic and quickly sauté for a couple of minutes. Add them into the bowl along with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix all ingredients with a spatula and then use your hands to finish mixing (I find it much easier to mix with your hands for this). Form into equal-sized patties and add into a non-stick skillet (you may need to add a bit of oil to the pan) and cook for about 5-7 minutes on one side and for a slightly shorter amount for the other side. I actually ended up cooking each side for about 10 minutes, just to get them a bit crispier, but just use your own preferences.

Once they were finished, I placed a slice of vegan cheese on top and popped them into the oven for a couple of minutes so the cheese melted. 

Enjoy! These are the bomb. ;)

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  1. Heather G
    Heather G
    These sound amazing! I love black beans! I think I will have to try these this coming week, getting my menu plan together! :) Also voted for you!
    1. Clare
      Thanks very much Heather! The measurements I included make about 6 burgers, just in case that's helpful. :)
  2. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    This sounds simply delicious. I have other black bean burger recipes but this one is different than the ones I have made in the past. I will have to try your recipe soon. Considering my two grandchildren adore beans I think they will like these so much.
    1. Veganara
      Voted. Yes, they look and sound wonderful, and, as Julie says, different from other burger recipes I have seen, probably more satisfying! I especially like them because they contain nuts, and I love nuts! (If you get a chance please check out my latest blog, I'm Nuts About Nuts!, in which I sing their praises!)
      1. Clare
        Thanks! Yay, nuts! Hehe. I will check out your post. :) --Clare
    2. Clare
      Hope you try them out Julie! They are lovely... I enjoy eating them without any bun/bread with a salad and some steamed broccoli or brussel sprouts! Thanks for reading --Clare
  3. No Name
    Excellent recipe for burgers. I think this one will be on the menu next week. Like the nuts in this one will give it a very different flavor. Voted
    1. Clare
      Thanks Naya! Hope you enjoy! :) --Clare
  4. Jose Rodriguez
    Looks so tempting wish I had one now. Voted
    1. Clare
      Me too hehe... wish I hadn't given them all away. ;) Cheers! --Clare
  5. Doctor Mom
    Sounds delicious!
    1. Clare
      they are! :D
  6. Alex
    Awesome! This actually got my mouth watering. And it still is. I like barbequing, so this may be a good replacement for my chicken and fish on the grill. As a vegan-on-the-way, I'll have to try this one at the end of my 60-day program. Thanks much! -Alex p.s. voted.
    1. Clare
      Yay! That's great to hear, Alex. :) Cheers --Clare


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