These homemade black bean burgers are filling, tasty, and nutritious, and best of all, freezer-friendly! Make your own at home with protein-packed beans, flavorful garlic, onions, and spices – and egg and breadcrumbs to hold the patty together.
Prep time 30 mins | Cook time 15 min | Total time 45 min | Yield: 6 burger patties
- 2 15-oz cans black beans
- 1/4 red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro*
- 1 Tbsp sriracha
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 2 Tbsp oil (olive, canola, sunflower)
- Rinse the red onion, garlic, and cilantro. Drain and rinse the black beans.
- Finely mince the red onion, garlic, and cilantro by hand. Mash the black beans by hand (either with a fork or with a potato masher), then add in all the remaining ingredients and stir by hand. (If you have a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until they are evenly mixed but still slightly chunky.)
- Transfer the black bean mixture to a bowl and add one large egg and 1 cup breadcrumbs. Stir the ingredients together until they’re evenly combined. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes.
- Divide the black bean mixture into six equal portions, then shape each portion into a patty, about 3.5 inches in diameter, ½-inch thick.
- To cook the black bean burgers, heat 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add a few of the black bean burgers and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are well browned and heated through. Repeat with more oil and the rest of the patties until they’re all cooked.
- Place each patty in a bun, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
*Note: Feel free to sub parsley for the cilantro.
Can I freeze this?
Yes! Wrap the uncooked patties in plastic wrap, then place them in a zip top freezer bag. To cook later, thaw the patty (in the fridge or microwave) and cook in a skillet like above. Eat within six months of freezing.
We demonstrate how to make Black Bean Burgers in this Cooking Matters at Home virtual class video. Try it yourself and tell us about it in the comments!
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