Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Add some spice to your black bean burgers! Serve on a whole grain bun with your choice of condiments. Suggestions: spinach or lettuce, tomato and onion slices, or avocado/tomato salsa.

Yield: 4-6 patties


  • 2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • 1-2 Tbsp. jalapeño pepper, minced

  • ½ cup frozen corn, thawed

  • 1 egg white (have a second egg on hand if needed)

  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 1 tsp. chili powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

  • 3-4 shakes of salt and pepper or to taste

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs


  1. In a food processor, puree 1 ½ cups of the black beans. If you don’t have a food processor, you can just mash them with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Place pureed black beans in a large mixing bowl, add the remaining ½ cup of whole beans and set aside.

  2. Mince onions, garlic, and jalapeño pepper; add to black beans. Add the corn and mix.

  3. Whisk together the egg white, tomato paste and all of the spices. This will make a thick paste. Add this to the bean/corn mixture.

  4. Finally, add the breadcrumbs to the mixture. Mix together thoroughly until ingredients are combined. Mixture may seem dry but it should come together with mixing. If needed, add a second egg white.

  5. Form mixture into patties (4 large patties or 6 medium patties). Place patties on a baking sheet and bake in a 375° oven for 8-10 minutes, flip the burgers, then cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from www.andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.com