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20-Minute Black Bean Burgers

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Active time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 patty)

Making a vegetarian burger shouldn’t have to mean spending hours roasting vegetables, cooking beans, and forming patties. This quick and tasty recipe can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Try using half of a spare whole-grain hamburger bun in place of the bread slice. These burgers also work with any other canned bean variety, just mix and match the spices based on bean chosen. Za’atar and oregano would pair well with garbanzo beans, while a creole spice mix complements red beans. Don’t forget the toppings; pile your burger high with red onion, creamy avocado, and a juicy tomato slice.


  • 1 (1-oz.) slice whole-grain bread, toasted and torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 (15-oz.) can unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 230
  • fat 12.4 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 4.7 g
  • polyfat 5.4 g
  • protein 10 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 47 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 428 mg
  • calcium 86 mg
  • sugars 1 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 5 times. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Combine onion, garlic, juice, cumin, salt, rind, and beans in processor; pulse 4 to 5 times. Add bean mixture, walnuts, hot sauce, and egg to crumbs; stir well. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick patty.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties to pan; reduce heat to medium, and cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned.