Ridiculously Yummy Black Bean Burger

5 from 7 votes
Recipe by Dr. Kristi Funk Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
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This lean and mean black bean burger is one of our favorites. For a plant-based vegan burger, it really hits the spot and it is hands down healthier than a Beyond Meat or Impossible burger. The patties do have to be refrigerated before forming the burgers so make sure to go through the instructions below. We made this burger on our inaugural episode of ‘Cook Live with Chrissy & Dr. Kristi’, so if you missed that and would like to cook along, the video can be found below.


  • Making the Patties
  • 1 can organic black beans

  • 1/2 cup organic old fashioned oats (not steel cut)

  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup salsa (drain off liquid if it is runny)

  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed

  • 3 tbs cold water

  • 2 ts ground cumin

  • 2 ts chilli powder

  • 2 ts garlic powder

  • 1/2 ts smoked paprica

  • 4 100% whole grain burger buns

  • 1 large leaf lettuce (if substitution buns)

  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce (optional)

  • Optional Toppings
  • cashew sriracha sauce

  • caramelized balsamic onions

  • ketchup

  • BBQ sauce

  • mustard

  • onion slices

  • avocado or guacamole

  • pickles

  • lettuce

  • tomato slices


  • Mix 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons of cold water and place in the fridge.
  • Pulse beans with your food processor until mashed but not mushy!! Or you can mash them in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.
  • Add the oats, bread crumbs, salsa, all the spices (Worcestershire sauce is optional), and the flaxseed that you chilled in the fridge to the food processor or bowl. Pulse or mix some more. Let it stay chunky.
  • Divide mixture into 4 sections. Form each section into a patty and place them on a large plate.
  • Refrigerate the plate of burger patties for about 20 minutes. This step is not optional as the burgers cook up so much better and keep their form.
  • Spray oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Pan fry each burger patty for 3-4 minutes on each side until lightly browned and crispy on the outside.
  • Assemble burger on a bun or lettuce wrap with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


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