Umami Black Bean Burgers

If you’ve never tried a homemade black bean burger, this is a great time to make a batch. Especially if you’re looking for something new to make with all those canned beans!

A healthier alternative to beef, black beans are packed with fiber, protein and a starch that slowly burns energy — making you feel fuller, longer while preventing spikes in blood sugar. The patties assemble quickly, and if you make a double batch, you’ll find they freeze well, too! Add your favorite toppings for a hearty and flavorful meal.

Umami Black Bean Burgers
Recipe courtesy of Whisk Carolina

Makes 4 large patties

2 14-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained 
1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup diced red onion
1 egg 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon truffle salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Shredded Gruyere cheese, to taste


Sautéed mushrooms, truffle salt, mayo, caramelized onions


  1. Pulse the beans in a food processor until coarsely chopped. 
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined. If the mixture seems too wet, add more bread crumbs. 
  3. Form into four patties. Remember, since the black bean patties will not shrink during cooking, size according to the size of your buns! 
  4. Cook on the stovetop using a well-oiled grill pan for about 5 minutes on each side, or bake in the oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350 F degrees for about 20 minutes, turning once after 10 minutes. 
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on the burger, and melt the cheese on the burger by cooking for a few more minutes. 
  6. Serve on a toasted bun with all your favorite burger toppings!

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