Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

If you’re familiar with A Lighter Journey, you already know that I cook/eat a lot of beans at my place.  And sometimes I cook too many. So with an abundance of cooked black beans and mushrooms I decided to try to make some vegetarian-style burgers as a little something different. And they were actually pretty good! Now mind you, I still enjoy the real deal when it comes to hamburgers, but this used up my beans and it was  yummy too {as well as healthy!}


  • 2 cups cooked black beans (I used the crockpot method, but canned beans would work, just rinse and drain first!)
  • 2 cups baby Portobello mushrooms (or other variety of mushrooms)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 to 1  1/2 cups dry old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t salt (optional…take into consideration that with canned beans they may already be salted!)
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • dash cayenne pepper



Chop mushrooms and onion very finely (a food processor would be great, but don’t try a blender! It purees instead of chops! I know this from experience!;))


Rinse beans and drain really well!  It might even help to dry them a little by dabbing them with a paper towel.  My beans were pretty wet.  I worked with it, but it would’ve been easier if there was less liquid!

Mash beans with a potato masher. 


Stir in chopped onions and mushrooms and egg and spices.  Stir in the oats.  My mixture was really wet so I let it all sit for 1/2 hr and the oats really soaked up the extra moisture.  (So adjust the amount of oats according to your mix! You might not need as much if your beans were really dry!)

To freeze line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.  Form patties (they’re pretty fragile and sticky…that’s okay!)  and set them on the cookie sheet in the freezer overnight.   Store frozen patties in a freezer bag or container. 

This recipe makes 6 bean burgers!

Or form patties and cook right away!  Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan on medium high heat and cook about 4-5 minutes each side.  I cooked the frozen ones the same way without thawing first, just cooking them a little longer.  Both ways worked great! I don’t know about grilling these since that’s more my hubby’s department, but other recipes I saw suggested grilling these on foil coated with olive oil.

Enjoy with your favorite burger toppings!

So if you’re looking for a meatless meal, or a way to use up a surplus of cooked black beans I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!  It was surprisingly good, even for a carnivore like me! 😉

Other posts you may enjoy:

Citrus Mint Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Salad

 Savory Beans ‘n’ Rice

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