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By: Enrique Gili on May 1, 2014, 2:48 p.m.
Black Bean Burger

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Black Bean Burger

Easy to assemble, these savory black bean burgers are almost foolproof.

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time: 40 minutes 

Yield: Feeds 4

Black Bean Burger


  • 1 15.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 medium-sized yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tbs. ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tbs. Thai garlic-chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Hamburger buns
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add black beans to mixing bowl with egg. Mash until a thick chunk paste forms, about 3 minutes.
  3. Combine onion, garlic and green pepper in food processor. Whiz until finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Pour ingredients into mixing bowl.
  4. Season ingredients by adding cumin, salt, pepper, garlic-chili paste. Then add breadcrumbs. Fold until ingredients are evenly distributed in the mix. Mold equal sized patties, about 3/4 of an inch thick.
  5. Place patties on baking sheet and place sheet on lower rack of oven. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Plate and serve with condiments of your choice.