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Vegan Black Bean Burgers

These vegan black bean burgers are simple to make and packed with smoky flavours. If you’ve been looking for a simple yet delicious go-to plant-based burger recipe, this is it!

Vegan black bean burgers on a plate.

Believe it or not, this is my first burger recipe on the blog! You guys have asked me several times for a great vegan burger recipe, and although I already have this recipe for vegan mushroom sliders and this one for banh mi vegan sliders, I’ve yet to develop a kick-ass full-size burger.

Not for lack of trying, mind you. I’m always working on burger recipes but so far none of them have made the cut for publication. I wanted to bring you something that checks all the boxes for simplicity, flavour, hold-together-ness (new word I just made up) and quickness. So here are the vegan black bean burgers!

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Unfortunately, though, I can’t take credit for creating this recipe (whomp whomp). It was one of the recipes from the 14-day plant-based meal plan that came along with the Vegan Starter Kit that was created by the bloggers over at Nutriciously.

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Vegan Caribbean bowl with dressing poured over.

I spent a week trying out the recipes from week 2 of the meal plan and ate some super tasty meals! First up was the Caribbean bowl.

It’s got quinoa, sweet potato, pineapple and other veggies but the best part is the super flavourful oil-free dressing (yes, you can have flavour without the fat).

Then I tried the red lentil chili with rice. This was a great 30-minute weeknight dinner and we all know how nutritious lentils are!

Vegan red lentil chili in a bowl with rice.

Since I love curry of all types I wanted to try the Thai green curry. This one’s great for spice lovers and just look how veggie-packed it is!

Vegan green curry in a bowl rice.

But my favourite best recipe of all was the vegan black bean burgers. It was so good that I asked Nutriciously for permission to republish it and share it with you!

These burgers come together in less than 30 minutes, have a delicious smoky flavour from the paprika (my favourite spice) and great texture from the combination of walnuts, brown rice and semi-smashed beans.

The recipe makes four ½ inch thick burgers patties. Thin veggie burger patties like this hold together much better than thicker ones so don’t be tempted to make them too thick.

Also be sure to squeeze the mixture together really well and let the patties cool for a few minutes before serving. All these tips will prevent your burgers from falling apart as you eat them!

Wanna see how easy it is to make these vegan black bean burgers? Watch the video:

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Vegan black bean burgers on a plate.

Vegan Black Bean Burgers

These vegan black bean burgers are simple to make and packed with smoky flavours. If you’ve been looking for a simple yet delicious go-to plant-based burger recipe, this is it!
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Course: Main Course
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 302kcal


  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3/4 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1/2 can (14 oz / 400 gram) black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp + 2 tbsp mustard divided
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of cayenne & pepper
  • 4 burger buns
  • 2 tomatoes for topping
  • Mixed greens for topping
  • 1/4 small onion for topping


  • In a pan, dry toast the walnuts for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and golden brown, then set aside.
  • Put garlic, onion, and mushrooms in the same pan and sauté for 5-7 minutes until everything is soft, then put in a large bowl.
  • Add beans into the bowl to the onion, garlic, and mushroom mix and mash well with a wooden spoon.
  • Using a grinder or food processor, loosely grind the walnuts and oats, then add them to the bowl as well together with all other remaining ingredients except for the buns, the 1 tbsp mustard, and other toppings. Mash and mix until well combined.
  • Divide into 4 patties of around 1⁄2 inch thickness.
  • Heat the pan you used earlier over medium heat and add the patties once it is hot enough. Grill on both sides for around 5 minutes until well browned.
  • Let cool slightly, then assemble burgers by using (toasted) buns, patties, tomato, greens, onion, and mustard.
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Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1089mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 15.9mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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  • Reply
    Albert Bevia
    April 27, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    That 2 week vegan meal plan sounds very interesting, you had some great stuff, these black bean burgers look insane good, so easy to put together too! great post and video 🙂

  • Reply
    J Harrison
    April 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I’m so impressed you have managed to do make a burger without oil. I am always looking for oil free recipes so I’ll definitely be trying this one. Thanks for posting.

  • Reply
    Debra Cooking
    April 29, 2018 at 3:46 am

    It’s really a very simple Burgers recipe and it’s very necessary to try right away. Thank you for sharing that unique and delicious Burgers recipe.

  • Reply
    resep masakan
    May 6, 2018 at 6:53 am

    It seems very good indeed. Can not wait to try the recipe.

  • Reply
    June 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I am not a fun of mushrooms,will the taste change if I do not use mushrooms?kindly let me know.

    • Reply
      June 24, 2018 at 7:43 am

      Hey Dannie,
      we actually created the recipe and Melissa kindly featured it on her blog here. Yes, you can skip the mushrooms and just use a few more beans instead – should offer a similar texture and result. Let me know if you like it!
      And Melissa, we’d love to share your awesome video if you could provide us with a link or something 🙂
      Thanks & have a beautiful day,

  • Reply
    July 7, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Made these last night…they were great! Probably one of the best veggie burger recipes I’ve made. It held together very well & tasted delicious.

    • Reply
      July 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      They’re good, eh? So glad you enjoyed them!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2020 at 4:47 am

    5 stars
    The BEST ever Black Bean Burger! We make a big batch and freeze them Because they re-heat so nicely! Thank you :))

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    June 26, 2020 at 6:05 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely amazing. It’s packed with flavour and my whole family loved it even though they aren’t WFPB. I’m going to try and make them in batches and freeze them. Will definitely recommend them.

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