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Budget-Friendly Black Bean Burgers

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These vegetarian black bean burgers are easy and quick to make, so they are perfect for a healthy and affordable weeknight meal. Tasty, hearty, and can easily be made vegan too!
Homemade vegetarian black bean burger on whole wheat bun, topped with baby spinach, tomato, onion and served with home fries on the side

If you are looking for a healthy and tasty way to mix up your weeknight meals, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters! 

These vegetarian black bean burgers are packed full of nutrients and fresh ingredients. And, even better, these burgers are super affordable if you’re looking to eat healthy on a budget. They can also easily be made vegan, by substituting the egg for a flax egg.

Ingredients for a black bean burger on a marble worktop.

How to Make These Budget Friendly Black Bean Burgers – Step by Step

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped.

Red onion and garlic in a food processor

Add 1 can black beans, cilantro, parsley, egg, and red pepper flakes and pulse to combine.

All ingredients for the burgers in a food processor

The mixture is ready when it looks like this:

All ingredients after blending

Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining can of black beans and the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix until well combined.

Blended ingredients in a bowl with breadcrumbs

Divide mixture into 6 portions and form into patties.

Six bean burger patties on a wooden chopping board

Place on hot oiled grill over medium-low heat and cook about 6 minutes a side or until heated through.

Bean burgers being cooked in a frying pan

Toast hamburger buns on a grill. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun. Top with baby spinach (or lettuce), tomato, onions, and ketchup.

Cover the burgers with the top of the bun and serve.

A bean burger with toppings in a bun

Are Black Bean Burgers good for you?

Yes!! Black Beans are one of the healthiest vegetarian friendly proteins, as they are low in calories and packed with protein, fiber, potassium and folate. These burgers are a great meat-free alternative that you can easily incorporate into your weekly meal plan.

Can Black Bean Burgers be frozen?

These budget friendly burgers freeze really well. The patties can be frozen before OR after cooking, just stack them with parchment paper separating them and store them in a ziplock bag. Thaw them in the fridge and then just reheat them or cook them as per the recipe below. It’s great to make a big batch of these and freeze some for future use!

What toppings do you put on a bean burger?

When topping these tasty burgers, I stayed classic, and used tomatoes, red onions and baby spinach, and finished them off with some ketchup. If you are feeling fancy, why not try some blue cheese, or some fresh guacamole would work really well! The possibilities are endless!

A black bean burger cut in half and stacked on a white plate

Top Tips for Making Budget-Friendly Black Bean Burgers

  • If you are making these burgers vegan, be sure to replace the egg with a flax egg so they don’t fall apart.
  • Process the ingredients well, if you don’t have a food processor or blender, you can use a potato masher!
  • You can use olive oil cooking spray for the grill pan if you need an easy way to grease it before cooking the burgers

A black bean burger on a white plate served with fries

Be sure to check out these other vegetarian burger recipes!

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These vegetarian black bean burgers are easy and quick to make, so they are perfect for a healthy weeknight meal. Easily frozen. Easily made vegan.
These vegetarian black bean burgers are easy and quick to make, so they are perfect for a healthy weeknight meal. Easily frozen. Easily made vegan.
Homemade vegetarian black bean burger on whole wheat bun, topped with baby spinach, tomato, onion and served with home fries on the side
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4.89 from 9 votes

Budget-Friendly Black Bean Burgers

These vegetarian black bean burgers are easy and quick to make, so they are perfect for a healthy weeknight meal. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 burgers
Calories: 239kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium red onion roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 30 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 egg (or 1 flax egg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs or oat flour
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 sprouted wheat burger buns

Burger Toppings:

  • Sliced Tomato
  • Sliced red onions
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Ketchup

Instructions

  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped.
  • Add 1 can black beans, cilantro, parsley, egg, and red pepper flakes and pulse to combine.
  • Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining can of black beans and the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix until well combined.
  • Divide mixture into 6 portions and form into patties.
  • Place on hot oiled grill over medium-low heat and cook about 6 minutes a side or until heated through.
  • Toast hamburger buns on a grill. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun. Top with baby spinach (or lettuce), tomato, onions, and ketchup.
  • Cover the burgers with the top of the bun and serve.

Notes

Top Tips for Making Budget-Friendly Black Bean Burgers

  • If you are making these burgers vegan, be sure to replace the egg with a flax egg so they don’t fall apart.
  • Process the ingredients well, if you don’t have a food processor or blender, you can use a potato masher!
  • You can use olive oil cooking spray for the grill pan if you need an easy way to grease it before cooking the burgers
Notes: Nutritional values are based on one black bean burger patty. Recipe modified from Food Network.

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3.5mg

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You won’t believe how flavorful these burgers can be! Help your budget and your belly with these affordable and nutritious burgers.

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36 responses to “Budget-Friendly Black Bean Burgers”

    • Awesome!! This is the perfect recipe if you’re making plant based burgers at home for the first time – because it really is very easy to make (you can’t mess it up!) Can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you!

  1. It’s good to know you can freeze them before they are cooked or after. It’d be nice to have these prepared ahead of time.

  2. Omg I am drooling over here! That healthy burger looks so delicious! I always go with gourmet burger rather than from a fast food place so this sounds like an amazing choice!

    • Yess! With a recipe like this, it actually takes the same amount of time to make a burger at home than it does to drive to a fast food place, order, pick it up and come back home – and you end up with a much healthier and tastier meal!

  3. My boys recently discovered that they liked black beans when we had them in a taco salad and I am so excited about this recipe because I was struggling with other ways to serve them (that they would actually eat). Thanks so much – these black bean burgers are going in our meal rotation!5 stars

  4. Oh my lord I have serious food envy! This looks amazing and so easy to make! Think we’ll definitely be trying this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing babe!

  5. With the arrival of summer, our grocery bill exponentially increases. I began to make the same meals over and over again. Naturally, my kids desire something new. Thanks to this recipe, I can make this – in under 30 minutes – and finally have something new and different. This post has inspired me to look at other recipes and start creating some new summer time food for my kids. Thanks.5 stars

    • So so happy to hear that Natashia! And I hear you on the grocery bill – I feel like my kids eat way more in the summer – must be all the activity they get outdoors! 🙂

    • Hi Joe! So these burgers won’t end up having the same texture as a boca burger — those are extremely firm because of the soy protein (black beans are a much softer protein so the texture of these burgers will be softer). To keep these from falling apart, try pan frying them a little bit longer so that the outside becomes a little crispy. The inside will still be slightly soft, but they should hold together better. Hope that helps!

  6. I made this for the first time last night, (there will be many more times) and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I was nervous because generally I don’t enjoy beans at all but wanted to be supportive of my sisters recent decision to live a vegetarian life style.I can’t say enough about this recipe, it was delicious! The texture is of course different from the hamburgers I am accustomed to but I got over that quickly because it is so full of flavor. This one is a keeper!

    • Woohoo!! I’m so happy to hear that Christina! I agree with you that the texture is different, but so glad that the flavor made up for it. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. These sound simply delicious! I’ve been looking for an easy and healthy black bean burger recipe, so I will have to try these out! I was just wondering, do you think these would freeze well?

    • Yay! Let me know how you like them! As for freezing – I think they might not freeze all that well – but you can refrigerate them for a few days and then reheat them on the stove! I know that works well for sure 🙂

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