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Best Black Bean Burgers

Updated: Mar 6


Whether you are a flexitarian, a vegetarian, or a meat-only kind of family, you will love these black bean veggie burgers. It's a refreshing, plant-based take on a standard beef burger, and full of vegetables, beans and whole grains!

My family and I do not follow a vegetarian diet. However, I do include vegetarian meals often. I would consider us flexitarians - we eat a variety of animal and plant based proteins.

There are so many reasons to incorporate more of plant based proteins in your diet. They're...

  • budget friendly

  • environmentally friendly

  • full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber

  • quick and simple to cook

  • delicious, when cooked just right!

Have you ever tried a veggie burger from Costco or another store and thought to yourself, "This is so bland. It has no taste!"

I's time to give veggie burgers another chance! You will not be dissapointed!

This burger is full of umami flavour from the soy sauce, and loaded with delicious earthy mushrooms and thyme.

Serve it up on a whole wheat bun, with a salad or some fresh cut oven fries, and all the fixings. This burger delivers a satisfying bite, even for you diehard beef burger kind of people!

Best Black Bean Burger Recipe

Makes 8 burgers

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1 tbsp vegetable oil + more for frying

8 medium sized mushrooms (white or brown) - diced

1/2 onion - diced

2 celery stalks - diced

2 large cloves garlic - minced

2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)

1/4 cup soy sauce

black pepper - to taste

1 can black beans - drained and rinsed

3/4 cup oat flour (see below for instructions)


  1. On medium heat, sauté mushrooms, onions, celery, and garlic in oil, until soft (and most of the water has evaporated).

  2. Add thyme, soy sauce and black pepper to sautéd vegetables, and cook until soy sauce is almost evaporated.

  3. Remove vegetable mixture from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, mash rinsed beans in a large mixing bowl.

  5. Prepare oat flour (if making yourself). *see below

  6. With a wooden spoon, mix beans, vegetables and oat flour until it comes together.

  7. Divide into 8 equal piece, and form into patties.

  8. Place patties on a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.

  9. Freeze for later use, or fry patties for immediate enjoyment.

  10. In a large frying pan, pour just enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan, and heat on medium.

  11. When oil is hot, place patties on pan. Fry until golden brown, then flip and cook on the other side.

  12. Once both sides are golden brown and crispy (takes approximately 4-5 minutes per side), remove from heat and enjoy!


  • these burgers can be a bit crumbly

  • they will not shrink like a meat burger patty

Enjoy your black bean burgers with all the fixings. I like mine with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pickles, mayo and a really good mustard (like @smakdabmustard), and my kids still like theirs with ketchup and yellow mustard.

Put these black bean burgers on your family's menu this week. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. They may even become a house staple!


* If making your own oat flour, simply pulse whole oats in a high power blender until it becomes the texture of wheat flour.

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