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Black Bean Burgers – Taking the BBQ Back

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Black Bean Burgers

Yesss! The sun is shining and that can only mean one thing – it’s officially the start of barbecue season! And that means it’s time for black bean burgers. Good black bean burgers.

I will admit, one of the toughest things since I became veggie was getting a decent burger for the BBQ. There are plenty of other options – potato salad, grilled veg kebabs, halloumi cheese, salted corn, garlic bread, baked potatoes, – but the I always found the burgers subpar (don’t get me started on soy sausages).

So it became a mission of HurryTheFoodUp to create an enjoyable veggie burger. More than enjoyable, in fact. A veggie burger that we’ll truly look forward to having on the barbie.

And so, here it is. A wonderful black bean burger. That doesn’t fall apart! Yes, it sounds unrealistic, we know, but it’s true!

It holds together really well, and no longer will your veggie burgers be the laughing stock of the barbecue as they slip through the grill to slowly reduce to ash in the coals at the bottom.

Ingredients for vegan or veggie burger patties
Red onion, sundried tomatoes and beans in a bowl
Eggs and breadcrumbs added to a bowl to bind veggie burgers
Mixing vegetarian burger patty mix in a bowl

Black Bean Burgers – vegan or vegetarian?

During the several (many) tests of this recipe, one of the iterations came about when I’d run out of eggs. I hadn’t noticed until I had a full mixing bowl and a ravenous hunger, so I was determined to make the mix work, with or without the egg. And it did!

It was quite simple, truth be told. I opted for a ‘flax egg’ – quick and fantastic as a binder. Flax is a good source of omega 3, too. Just mix 1 tablespoon of flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of hot water, stir, and let settle for a minute or two. You have a flax egg. That was it, and the results were perfect.

Egg is/was the only non-vegan item in this recipe, so simply replace them with the flax eggs and you’re sorted – you have a vegan black bean burger ready to throw on the grill (or in the pan).

Adding meatless burger to a grill
Grilled bean burger patties

These Black Bean Patties are an excellent source of protein

With or without the eggs, these burgers are an excellent source of protein – one of the biggest worries for vegans or vegetarians (and we should know, we’ve done countless research surveys on the topic!).

The star of this recipe, black beans, are an incredible source of plant based protein. In fact just one cup of black beans contains 15g of protein! You can find out exactly how much protein you need in our High Protein Vegetarian Meal Plan.

If being high in protein wasn’t enough, black beans are also a fantastic source of Fibre.

Fibre can help to keep hunger at bay and regulate blood sugar levels, but many of us just don’t get enough of the stuff. These veggie burgers pack in 4g per serving, and this article from Harvard has some great tips on increasing your fibre intake in other ways too.

Happy BBQing!

Homemade veggie burgers in buns

Black Bean Burger Recipe FAQs

How long will these veggie burgers keep in the fridge?

After cooking, the patties will keep for around 2 days in the fridge.

How do I freeze bean burger patties?

We’ve not actually tried freezing these veggie burger patties yet, but would recommend wrapping in foil and freezing for up to 3 months. If you plan to freeze the mixture before cooking, make sure to place something like parchment paper between each patty to stop them from sticking.

Can I make the patties ahead of time?

Definitely! You can make your patties and store them in the fridge up to 1 day before you plan to cook them – perfect for making ahead of a BBQ.

Can I bake them instead?

We haven’t tried baking these black bean burgers yet, but if you do want to try we would recommend cooking at around 200°C/390°F for 15-20 mins, and cook for longer if needed.

What goes with black bean burgers?

You can serve these up as you would any burger – with your favourite bun, veggies and condiments. We went for the traditional sesame bun, sliced tomato, salad and burger sauce – delicious!

What our readers are saying

This is the BEST black bean burger recipe I have ever tried! I never get on food sites and leaves comments but I just had to this time! Bravo!! And thank you!!!

Amy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my go to black bean burger recipe because they are easy to make and tasty too. Thanks for making life as a vegan easy . If you haven’t made these yet go for it…they are yum.

Anne-Marie Boyle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is, by far, the BEST veggie burger I’ve had. I’m a meat eater but I’ll always have these on hand! Have shared it with many friends.

Danielle Lennon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Serving bean burgers with salad and sauce

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Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burgers that don’t fall apart, taste awesome and are even vegan-friendly! What could be more BBQ perfect? Time to get the grill on.
Course BBQ, Dinner, Grill, Lunch
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 burgers
Calories 156kcal


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 eggs (use ‘flax’ eggs to make vegan. One flax egg = 1 tbsp flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp hot water and stirred)
  • 1 can black beans (1 regular can = 15oz = 425g)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs


  • Rinse and drain the black beans. Place in a large mixing bowl and blend with a hand blender. Alternatively, crush the beans with a fork/masher.
  • Dice the red onion and sundried tomatoes and add to the bowl.
  • Next, add the oats, eggs, salt, cumin, paprika, olive oil. Give it a good stir.
  • Finally, add the breadcrumbs a little at a time until you’re left with a nice, firm mixture. If you don’t need to use all the breadcrumbs, that’s totally fine.
  • Mould the mixture into burger patties. Wet your hands if it’s too sticky.
  • Fry in a little oil in a pan, or place on a BBQ/grill. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, turning occasionally. Serve with your favourite burger ingredients – a bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese – whatever you fancy!


Need some dips to take with you? How about some homemade salsa? Or what about fajita seasoning (tip) – throw some in the burger mix for even more taste!


Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 229mg10%
Potassium 416mg12%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. 5 stars
    Love the recipe!! Well done creating a veggie burger that actually tastes well and holds together

  2. 5 stars
    Made these as soon as I discovered the recipe ….. as I happened to have everything I needed right here. Absolutely awesome! They held together beautifully and tasted incredible! Husband (carnivore) tried one and commented “tastes ok but it needs something!” …. Silly man still thinks of veggies as side dishes nothing more. I will make these again and again. Thanks again you 3 for making my veggo journey such an easy and awesome one!

    • Ah wow, thanks Jo-Anne! I’m so happy they worked so well for you. Haha yeah, that happens :D. But slowly and surely we’ll win the rest over. You’re very welcome, and great to have you with us!

  3. One serving is 1227 calories? Or is that for the entire recipe? Super excited to try them but unfortunately that’s more than this dieting vegetarian can do for one meal.

    • Hi Kerry! Good point, that deffo was a typo! It’s fixed now and looks much healthier 🙂
      1 serving = 1 burger, yep!

      • Haha! Thank you, I was wondering if I had to run a marathon first before I had one, lol.

        • hahahaha, fortunately not 😀

        • 4 stars
          I think black beans are my new veggie best friend! Tried these today and they were so good! I’ve been craving bbq-type food, but find shop-bought veggie burgers to be a bit hit and miss. The “mince” was very quick to bring together, the patties kept their shape brilliantly in the pan,
          looked great, and tasted great. 100% will make this again!

          • Ahhhh thank you Lydia! The burgers seem to be getting a lot of love at the mo, must be BBQ time of the year! Thank you for writing 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious both on the BBQ and in the pan! I personally prefer the pan version as the patties get crispy (if you put them in flour prior to frying). Even my husband admitted they waste well & are ok to be cooked again :-). Thank you for the great recipe. I give four stars for the BBQ version (not juicy enough) but the pan version compensates with its crispiness, so five stars.

    • That’s great to hear, Valya! And thanks for the kind words 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed them and that your husband will eat them again too 😀

  5. 5 stars
    I love the recipes and ideas on this website! Thank you and keep up the good work!

  6. 5 stars
    This is the BEST black bean burger recipe I have ever tried! I never get on food sites and leaves comments but I just had to this time! Bravo!! And thank you!!!

  7. 5 stars
    These look and sound UUUUHMAZINGGGG! Can’t wait to grill some this weekend – I’m sure they’ll turn out fab. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I made these and they were a big hit with all the family! I put in extra oats as I used my food processor to mash the onion and tomatoes (lazy haha) and that made the combination a little more wet, so I added the oats to compensate. I also put ground cumin in as I just read the recipe and didn’t look at the photos but now I see that the cumin is actually whole seeds – will try them whole next time! I put them on a wrap and fried it closed in a little olive oil as I am not keen on too much bread. Anyway, they were beautiful. Kept together so well. Were perfect even for a good hearty breakfast the next morning. We loved them and this is now my go to recipe for burgers.

  9. Hi Ayesha, I’m making these this evening. I like your idea of the wrap. I think that’s the way I’ll do them, sounds good.
    Cheers Stella

  10. Mary MacLachlan

    For the flax egg, are the flax seeds used whole or ground?

  11. 4 stars
    We had these tonight on the grill. I have a question for everyone – mine turned out kind of like a bean dip in the center. What do I need to adjust for next time for a more “burger like” consistency?

    They tasted really good but I think I need to make some adjustments.

    • Hi Tammie, glad you liked the taste anyway! I’m not sure what caused the soft centre but I have a couple of ideas to try. First would be to add just a little more oats or breadcrumbs (or both), or to cook the burger for slightly longer but over a slightly lower heat. I hope that helps!

  12. Hi there, I’m on a strict low carb diet. With what ingredient can I replace the oats with?

    • Hi Ash, I know there’s a bit of a craze for ‘noatmeal’ at the moment – keto-friendly oats. Would those work for you?

  13. I would love to bake them… if so, do you have a temp and time recommendation??

    • Hey Michelle, I haven’t tried baking them yet. In theory though they should work, I don’t see why not. I think I’d start with about 200°C/390°F and 15-20 mins and see how it looks from there. Would love to hear back if you have success!

  14. Vaishali Parikh

    5 stars
    I saw this recipe yesterday and made it today.
    It turnout too good to be true! Thank you so much

  15. Anne-Marie Boyle

    5 stars
    This is my go to black bean burger recipe because they are easy to make and tasty too. Thanks for making life as a vegan easy . If you haven’t made these yet go for it…they are yum.

  16. 5 stars
    This is, by far, the BEST veggie burger I’ve had. I’m a meat eater but I’ll always have these on hand! Have shared it with many friends.

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