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Black bean burgers are a delicious, cheap, and healthy alternative to meat for dinner, even for non-vegetarians! This is a basic recipe, but feel free to add your favorite chopped vegetables and spices to make it your own. One way to make it even healthier and more filling is to add cooked quinoa to the patties. One can of black beans should be good for about 4 hamburger sized patties, and they’ll hold up well in the fridge. The black bean burgers pair great with sweet potato fries!


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 quarter yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced finely
  • 1 egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Chili powder to taste
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Hamburger buns or bread
  • Olive Oil


  1. In a large bowl, mash black beans with a fork until it becomes a paste and all black beans are mashed.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper, being careful not to overwhelm the black beans. Add the garlic. Add the spices to taste. Make sure you like the taste before proceeding.
  3. Add the egg, and then stir in bread crumbs until the mixture reaches a consistency you can make patties with. It shouldn’t stick to your hands too much.
  4. Form the mixture into patties about the size of hamburger patties.
  5. Cook in a frying pan with olive oil, until crispy on each side, about 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on the patty after the first flip. Serve on whole wheat hamburger buns, or to save money, just use regular wheat bread.

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