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Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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These healthy vegan chipotle black bean burgers are protein packed and perfect for summer cookouts, barbecues and easy family dinners! Simple substitutes make the patties gluten-free, and the creamy, delicious tahini sauce makes this the ultimate veggie burger!

chipotle black bean burgers with tahini sauce and sweet potato fries

It’s always hard to find a healthy veggie burger recipe that holds together well and has great flavor — because most veggie burgers just fall apart on the grill! These chipotle black bean burgers are the exception: super meaty, hearty, natural flavor, and slightly spicy, they will satisfy both vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters alike.

If you have a sensitivity to wheat gluten, or follow a vegan lifestyle, this meal is a great way to get your burger fix!

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We served these burgers with homemade sweet potato fries on the side which was the perfect pairing. You guys are going to love these healthy burgers, they are great for busy weeknights or for feeding a crowd!

This simple meatless burger has become a favorite in our house. It’s so easy to make yet jam packed full of flavor. It’s slightly spiced with paprika, chipotle pepper and cumin but remains kid -friendly. The only thing I add to mine that is different than the kids, is a few smoky chipotle peppers. It feels like a real treat, but a fully made burger (bun included!) comes in under 450 calories!

👩‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Burgers that holds together
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Gluten-Free
  • Satisfying and Filling
  • Chipotle Pepper Spiced
  • Great Recipe for Meatless Monday

🥘 Ingredients

This black bean burger recipe calls for basic ingredients easily found in your pantry or your local grocery store! See the recipe card below for details on exact quantities of ingredients.

ingredients for chipotle black bean veggie burgers

Black Beans: One can of black beans drained and rinsed.

Flax Egg and Oat Flour: A flax egg is made from a combination of ground flax and water. When paired with oat flour, it helps to bind the ingredients together. Use gluten free oat flour to keep these burgers gluten free friendly.

Veggies: Chopped red onion, garlic, bell pepper, and carrots add texture and flavor.

Spices: The star of these burgers are the chipotle pepper powder. In addition, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper bring heat and flavor. If you don’t have chipotle chili powder, you can also use a diced chipotle pepper.

Buns: If gluten-free use your favorite gluten-free buns, if not, I recommend whole grain wheat buns.

Tahini: Tahini is a condiment that is made from sesame seeds and is used in Middle Eastern and North African cuisines. It is rich in protein and a great source of vitamins B and E as well as iron and calcium. I love it in so many dishes! We pair it with garlic, lemon juice, water and salt to create a rich sauce for these burgers.

🍅 Burger Topping Ideas

What do you put on a black bean burger?

Just about anything you like! I like to load up these vegan burgers are with fresh toppings. Some of my favorites include:

  • Avocado (or vegan guacamole)
  • Red onion
  • Baby spinach or romaine lettuce
  • Slices of tomato or tomato jam
  • Tahini sauce – a great healthy swap for the usual (less healthy) mayonnaise and really pulls the burger together.
  • Pickles
  • Salsa
  • Ketchup
  • Vegan BBQ Sauce

🍽 Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Large Pan or Skillet
  • Food Processor

📖 Variations

Black Bean Burgers With Chipotle Mayo: Substitute the tahini sauce for simple chipotle mayo to amp up the spice. Add a bit of lime juice for some acidity.

Adobo Sauce: A Mexican sauce made from ground ancho chiles. It’s a reddish brown sauce with a thick consistency. You can add up to a couple teaspoons of this to your burger patty mixture, and for even more spice, add a few green chiles with the adobo sauce!

Brown Rice: Instead of adding oat flour to hold these burgers together, you can use a 1/3 cup of cooked brown rice. They will still be gluten-free! Note: Almond meal will also work in place of oat flour as a GF option.

Avocado Salsa: You can make this chipotle black bean burger with avocado salsa instead of tahini for a different twist on this recipe.

🔪 Instructions

Make Your Flax Egg: The first thing you’ll do is mix flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and place in the fridge for 5 minutes.

flax egg mixed in a bowl

Saute Burger Base: Place a large pan over medium-high heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Once oil is hot, add in onion, garlic and carrot, and red bell pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and carrots begin to soften a bit.

veggies cooking in a pan

Add Spices, Blend Mixture: Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the spices: cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Using a food processor, high powered blender, or potato masher, blend black beans until well blended and just a few bean chunks remain. Transfer to the bowl with the veggies and then stir in the flax egg and the oat flour. Taste, adjust seasonings and add additional salt and pepper if necessary.

veggies and burger ingredients in a mixing bowl

Make The Patties And The Tahini Sauce: The next step is to divide the mixture into 4 patties. Put on a plate lined with parchment paper, and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. While the burgers are in the fridge firming up, make the garlic tahini sauce by mixing together the following in a small bowl: tahini, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt.

chipotle black bean burger patties on a white plate

Cook The Patties: After 30 minutes, place a large skillet pan over medium heat and generously spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray, or vegetable oil. Add the patties and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and heated through.

burger patties cooking in a pan

Assemble Burgers: Place on buns with tomato, avocado, red onion and tahini sauce. Serve with sweet potato fries or a salad. Makes 4 burgers.

chipotle black bean burgers with tahini sauce and sweet potato fries top view

❓ FAQS

Are chipotle black bean burgers healthy?

Absolutely! While most traditional burgers aren’t healthy for you due to the high caorie and fat content, this is the best chipotle black bean burger recipe because they taste amazing AND are good for you!

Here’s what makes them healthy:
1) Low Calorie and Low Fat: One ENTIRE burger has under 400 calories and only 11 grams of fat!
2) High Fiber: You’ll get 14 grams of heart healthy fiber in each burger. That’s almost half of your daily fiber needs!
3) High Protein: Who says plants don’t have protein? One burger has 15 grams of protein to keep you full and satisfied!

How do I make homemade veggie burgers stick together?

There are a few tricks to keep veggie burgers from falling apart when you grill them.

#1: Add A Binder: The main way to make sure your veggie burger sticks together is to add a binder – something that holds all of the ingredients together to keep your burger patty from crumbling. Ingredients like flax eggs, regular eggs, breadcrumbs, oats, rice, all work. I like combining something moist (flax egg or regular egg) with a grain (oat flour, cooked rice, etc) for the perfect binder.

#2: Remove Extra Water: You need some moisture in your burger, but not too much! A too-wet burger patty won’t grill up well and will fall apart. If you’re adding veggies into your patty mixture, choose sturdier veggies that don’t have as much water (e.g. carrots, sweet potatoes). Veggies like zucchini or eggplant won’t work as well.

#3: Make Sure Your Burger Patties are 1 Inch Thick: This will also help them hold together! If your patties are too thin, they will fall apart when you try to flip them during cooking.

Are veggie burgers kid friendly?

Veggie burgers can be super kid friendly for several reasons. Kids can choose their own toppings making it a fun, interactive meal!

This particular recipe is super flavorful without being spicy or too strong for little kids’ palates. If you’re worried about the spice, remove the chipotle chili powder from the patties you make for the kids, and add it to the adults’ portion only.

Kids can also dip their burgers in a variety of “sauces” — for this burger we used guacamole and tahini, but feel free to mix it up with BBQ sauce, ketchup or any other favorite condiments that your kids will love!

👪 How to Serve

Serve on your favorite burger buns. Top with your favorite veggies, layers of lettuce, sliced red peppers. Side dishes that go great with these burgers include:

❄️ How to Store

Refrigerate: Allow burgers to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Burgers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Wrap each burger in plastic wrap and transfer to a freezer safe bag. Burgers will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Reheat: When ready to reheat, thaw the frozen burger overnight in the refrigerator. Heat for 2-3 minutes on each side on a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Be sure to let the black bean mixture sit in the fridge to allow them to come together.
  • To freeze the patties, do it before cooking and separate them with parchment. Thaw before cooking them.
  • Serve with sprouted wheat buns. To make gluten free, just use gluten free burger buns.
  • You don’t want too much excess moisture in your burger patties. If they seem to moist, add a bit more oat flour.
A vegan black bean burger cut in half served with sweet potato fries

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chipotle black bean burgers with tahini sauce and sweet potato fries
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Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with Tahini Sauce

These healthy vegan chipotle black bean burgers are protein packed and perfect for summer cookouts, barbecues and easy family dinners! Simple substitutes make the patties gluten-free, and the creamy, delicious tahini sauce makes this the ultimate veggie burger!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For the burger:

  • 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • ½ cup red bell pepper diced
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • ¼-⅓ cup oat flour gluten free if desired
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼-½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder depending on how spicy you want your burgers
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Garlic Tahini Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water to thin
  • teaspoon salt

For serving

  • 4 sprouted/whole grain or gluten free buns
  • Sliced avocado or 1 tbsp guacamole per burger
  • Baby spinach
  • Diced red onion
  • Tomato slices
  • Serve with baked sweet potato fries (optional)

Instructions

  • Mix flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
  • Place a large pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Once oil is hot, add in onion, garlic and carrot; saute for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and carrots begin to soften a bit. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the spices: cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Using a food processor or high powered blender, blend black beans until well blended and just a few bean chunks remain. Transfer to the bowl with the veggies and then stir in the flax egg and the oat flour. Taste, adjust seasonings and add additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Divide mixture into 4 patties. Put on a plate and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • While the burgers are in the fridge firming up, make the garlic tahini sauce by mixing together the following in a small bowl: tahini, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt.
  • After 30 minutes, place a large skillet pan over medium heat and generously spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the patties and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and heated through.
  • Place on buns with tomato, avocado, red onion and tahini sauce. Serve with sweet potato fries or a salad.

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Notes

  • Be sure to let the patties sit in the fridge to allow them to come together.
  • To freeze the patties, do it before cooking and separate them with parchment. Thaw before cooking them.
  • Serve with sprouted wheat buns. To make gluten free, just use gluten free burger buns.
Modified slightly from Ambitious Kitchen

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger + bun | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 502mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 14.2g | Sugar: 3.1g

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