The BEST Black Bean Burger

If you want to know how to make a black bean burger, you are in the right place!  These amazing homemade black bean burgers have been a huge family favorite ever since I first made them over 3 years ago!  The ingredients in these amazing black bean burgers are simple: beans, bell pepper, and onion mixed with egg, bread crumbs, and spices.
For the Burger:

  •     15 ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
  •     1/2 green bell pepper
  •     1/2 small onion
  •     2 cloves garlic , peeled
  •     1 large egg , beaten (*see note below)
  •     2/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  •     1 Tablespoon chili powder
  •     1 teaspoon cumin
  •     salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

For the Chipotle Mayo Sauce:

  •     1 cup mayonnaise
  •     2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  •     1 Tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  •     2 teaspoons lime juice
  •     salt and freshly ground black pepper
  •     hamburger buns
  •     desired burger toppings: lettuce, tomato, etc.

To make the Burger:

  1.     Place rinsed and drained black beans in a bowl. If needed, blot them with a paper towel to remove any extra moisture. Place in a large bowl and mash well with a fork.
  2.     Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until finely minced.
  3.     Transfer mixture to a fine mesh strainer to remove the excess water. (Remove as much moisture as you can--if it's too wet, the burger wont hold together as well.)
  4.     Add the strained vegetable mixture to the bowl with the black beans.  Add the chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  5.     Add beaten egg and mix. Stir in bread crumbs. Form mixture into 4 or 5 patties.

At this point you can choose to:

  1.     Grill the burgers on a well oiled grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  2.     Bake them at 375 degrees F on a lightly oiled baking sheet, for 10 minutes on each side.
  3.     Cook them on your stove using a grill pan, for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4.     Refrigerate them for later.
  5.     Freeze them, covered, in a freezer ziplock bag for a quick weeknight dinner in the future.

For the Chipotle Mayo Sauce:

  1.     Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2.     Serve burgers on a white or whole wheat bun topped with a spoonful of chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, cheese, avocado, or any other desired toppings!  Enjoy!
  3.     Serve with one of these healthy side dishes!
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