Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

These hearty burger patties that are nothing like the store bought; the over processed scamburgers you may have tried.  These are soft, juicy and packed with flavor and hold together on the BBQ.  A delicious protein packed meat alternative.

Black Bean Burgers

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 5
Calories: 343kcal


  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup raw walnuts chopped
  • 10 ml vegetable oil
  • 1/2 white or brown onion finely diced
  • 240 g cooked black beans drained and rinsed*
  • 1/8 teaspoon chilli powder optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs or any breadcrumbs
  • 60 ml vegan bbq sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Suggested Sides.....

  • caramelised onion
  • tomato sliced
  • baby spinach
  • lettuce
  • cheese for non vegans
  • chutney


  • Cook the rice using your preferred method.
  • Heat pan over medium heat. Add raw walnuts and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to cool. 
  • Heat vegetable oil in the same pan over medium heat and add onion. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is fragrant, soft, and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  • Add cooled walnuts to blender or food processor and blend until a fine meal is achieved. Set aside. 
  • Add black beans to a large mixing bowl and mash well with a fork, leaving only a few whole beans, next add cooked rice, walnut meal, sautéed onion, spices, bread crumbs, BBQ sauce and sugar.
  • Mix thoroughly until a moldable dough forms. If dry, add extra 1-2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. If too wet, add more bread crumbs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Divide into 10 equal portions and form into patties (approx 1/3 cup each)
  • Heat a greased pan or BBQ and cook patties for 5 mins both sides.
  • Serve.


Storage: leftover cooked patties can be stored in the fridge for no longer than 1 day.
Note: reheated rice can cause food poisoning, see Rice and Food Poisoning 
* a 400g can of black beans drained and rinsed weighs approximately 240g


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2.3mg


2 thoughts on “Black Bean Burgers”

  • such a good alternative! they are versatile, work well in a fresh burger but also if you’re looking for that greasy yummy burger flavour that is so difficult to find! Been vegetarian for two years and these are the best burgers I have come across.

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