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Black Bean Burgers


Drying out the black beans ensures a crispy-on-the-outside patty – no more mushy black bean burgers!


  • 1 (15) ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1/4 of a large onion (or half of a medium), peeled
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the top off of the head of garlic – just enough to expose the tops of the cloves – and remove the excess papery skin. Place the garlic and onion on a piece of tin foil, drizzle the olive oil over the top of each, and wrap them up loosely in the foil. Place in the preheated oven and roast them for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool.
  3. Spread the drained black beans on a large sheet pan. Place them in the oven for about five minutes or so, just until the beans start to split. Remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool for a bit.
  4. Once the garlic is cooled, squeeze the cloves out and finely chop them until they resemble a paste. Finely chop the roasted onion.
  5. Transfer the beans to a large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash them until you get a grainy texture. You want some of the beans intact. Place the garlic, onion, feta cheese, mayo, egg, breadcrumbs in the bowl. Using your hands gently mix everything together until it’s well distributed. Divide the mixture into fourths and form patties the same size as the buns you will serve them on.
  6. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Cook the patties on one side until crispy and browned before flipping to the other side.
  7. Serve on toasted buns with your favorite toppings!


Adapted from I cooked up some bacon for my burgers and cooked the patties in a tablespoon bacon fat, but olive oil works equally well, so I’ve included that in the instructions. The patties freeze well so if you make a big batch be sure to first freeze the patties in a single layer (for about 30 minutes or so) and then stack them up with a piece of parchment between each before wrapping them up for the freezer. The original article has more details, so be sure to check it out! Nutrition estimates include information for the black bean patties only.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger patty
  • Calories: 244
  • Sugar: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 836.7mg
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.7g
  • Fiber: 7.8g
  • Protein: 10.1g
  • Cholesterol: 56.3mg

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