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Black Bean Burgers

What you need: 

1 small onion, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
1/2 - 3/4 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

What you do: 

Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil until tender. Add cumin and chipotle peppers and cook another 2-3 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans. Add sautéed vegetables and mix well. Add salt and pepper according to taste. Then add enough bread crumbs so that the mixture is able to stick together well.
Form the black bean mixture into 6 patties. Refrigerate patties for about 30 minutes. Chilling the patties will help keep them from falling apart during cooking.
After chilling the patties, heat a saute pan that is lightly oiled or sprayed with cooking spray to about medium heat. I like to spray a bit of cooking spray on both sides of the patties too. Pan fry the patties until lightly browned, about 5 minutes on each side.
Serve on bread of choice with desired toppings.
I came up with these the other day and they turned out great. Don't skip the chipotle chilies. They add a nice smoky, roasted flavor. You can adjust the amount depending on how much heat you like.
I had them on lightly toasted multi-grain bread. I made a spicy mayo by mixing some of the adobo sauce from the chipotle chilies and some chopped cilantro with a bit of Vegenaise. I squeezed some fresh lime juice on the patties and topped the sandwich with lettuce and tomato. Super yum!!

Preparation Time: 
1 hour
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The first time I attempted this recipe it came out so-so, but the next time ater I made some modifications it came out great!  If you are using store bought breadcrumbs use ones that are seasond to add extra flavor to the burgers. Also, I didn't add the adobo peppers at all because they gave the burgers a funky flavor.  And, I know this sounds weird, but I baked these first so they got hot and cooked all the way through and then I fried them so they were crispy on the outside. Overall a very good recipe that I have used on many occasions now!


I've made these a few times now, and honestly, I have to say thank you so much for this one! My meat-eating boyfriend (who usually refuses to touch any kind of vegetarian burger) *loves* these.  I agree with mixing some of the adobo sauce in with some (vegan) mayo, it really adds a nice touch, as does adding some red onion and tomato slices on top. I add a bit more green pepper and extra onion than stated in the recipe, and usually an extra chipotle pepper, and I eye the amount of breadcrumbs that I put in (it seems more than 3/4 cup is needed).  I'm sure a bread crumb substitute would probably work too, though I have not tried that yet.  I haven't tried it without the chipotle peppers either, as they really add to the flavor. Thanks again!


Mine came out kind of mushy.  I put lots of bread crumbs in it but they were still too wet so I added quick cooking oats.  They formed patties okay but in the end they were still not firm after cooking, they were squishy and mushy.


hey! this recipe sounds great, but i was wondering whether you can use anything besides bread crumbs, like corn meal or brown rice?? thanks!


These were a nice base to work from. I made my own breadcrumbs from some multigrain buns I had drying out. I had no chipotle peppers but I think they'd be good with them too. I added a bit of bbq sauce. These are delicious with guacamole. I will make them again, perhaps next time I'll follow the recipe! They went well with the spicy fries on this site. 8)

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