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

  • 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
  1. Cook the rice using your preferred method.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. Add cooled walnuts to blender or food processor and blend until a fine meal is achieved. Set aside. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Divide into 10 equal portions and form into patties (approx 1/3 cup each)

  8. Heat a greased pan or BBQ and cook patties for 5 mins both sides.

  9. 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


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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