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chipotle black bean burgers

A deliciously spicy black bean burger perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner Prep time varies from 20 minutes (canned beans) to ~2 hours for dry beans (or less if using a pressure cooker)
Servings 5
Calories 251kcal
Author Marie


  • Black beans , 1 cup dried (2.5 cups cooked) (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Red onion , medium, diced
  • Garlic , 2 cloves, minced
  • Egg white , 1
  • Quick cooking oats , ½ cup
  • Cumin , ½ teaspoon
  • Chipolte chili powder (1 teaspoon for mild, 2 teaspoons for medium-hot)
  • Fine sea salt , 1 teaspoon (see note)
  • Fresh lemon zest , 2 teaspoons
  • Oil for cooking , about 2 tablespoons

For serving

  • Guacamole
  • Red cabbage
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Burger buns


  • If using fresh beans, do a quick soak by placing beans in a large pot with 5 cups of water, and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain beans, discard soak water and rinse with fresh, cool water.
  • After soaking, cook the beans by adding enough water to cover the beans by about 2 inches, then cook over low heat for about 1.5 hours (I used a pressure cooker and the beans cooked in 20 minutes on the 2nd setting (15 ppi).
  • Rinse and drain the cooked (or canned if using) beans, place in medium size mixing bowl and crush (not thoroughly) with a large fork
  • In a medium sized skillet, add 1 tablespoon of oil and saute the diced onion until fragrant and translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes over medium high heat, stirring constantly, add garlic and cook on medium heat for 2 or 3 more minutes
  • Cool onion/garlic mixture slightly and add to the mixing bowl with beans and the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Form patties and set on a large dish.
  • If time allows, cover with plastic wrap and allow the burgers to set in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • When ready to cook, heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan, heat pan on high for about a minute, then reduce to medium heat and cook burgers for 3 minutes per side or until a slight crust forms. Use care to flip the burgers as they are fragile
  • Serve with buns, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and/or cabbage


Prep time is for use of canned beans (~16 ounces) which can be used in place of dry and cooked beans
Use less salt if using canned beans, which contain a high amount of sodium


Calories: 251kcal