Black Bean Burgers and Homemade Hamburger Buns Recipes

Black Bean Burger Recipe on Homemade Hamburger Buns from My family wasn’t happy when I announced we’d be doing Meatless Mondays, because they knew they were in for week after week of my efforts to find the best black bean burger recipe. My first attempts, using recipes from famous chefs, were dry and flavorless things, but I held out hope of eventually finding a black bean burger recipe we’d all enjoy.

Of course, this switch was made even more difficult because the men in my family don’t particularly like vegetables. So coming up with a recipe we’d all be happy with meant it had to provide the big, juicy taste they associate with regular burgers but without the beef. For obvious reasons, I wanted a recipe that was also easy to make and could be cooked on the grill (by my husband) on good-weather days, or on the stove if I absolutely had to.

After combining a number of different recipes and adjusting the seasonings to suit our tastes, I served this one night and ignored their groans. I didn’t have to ignore them for long, though, because after the first bite we all agreed THIS was a winner. And did I mention it’s super easy to make?


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Black Bean Burgers
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Easy to make Black Bean Burgers provide that big, juicy flavor you've been looking for... without the beef!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves about: 4
  • 2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Splash of hot sauce to taste
  • ⅛ tsp. liquid smoke (optional, but recommended for stove top cooking)
  1. n the bowl of a food processor, finely chop the bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  2. Add everything else but the beans to the food processor. Mix for 1 full minute.
  3. Add the beans to the bowl and process for 30 seconds or so until the mixture reaches a meaty texture. (Don't turn it into a paste!)
  4. Add additional bread crumbs if too wet, or water/vegetable stock if too dry.
  5. Shape into patties and chill for 20 minutes.
  6. Spray skillet with oil and cook patties over medium heat, 5-7 minutes per side, until browned. Or grill 2 minutes per side.


What to serve on them is entirely up to you. I like mine with guacamole and a squirt of chipotle sauce, my husband prefers his with BBQ sauce, and my son likes the standard ketchup and mustard with a slice of American cheese. We all agree that with tomato and lettuce it tastes darn near like a regular burger, only less greasy.

One thing we all agree on: they’re best on homemade hamburger buns!

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Homemade Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns (Bread Machine)
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Use your bread machine to make these soft, fluffy hamburger or hot dog buns and turn your BBQ into a feast.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves about: 12
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons yeast
  1. Add ingredients to bread machine in order advised by the manufacturer. (Usually liquids first, then solids with yeast and sugar on top.) Select the "Dough" setting and start the machine.
  2. Remove dough from machine after first rise. Transfer dough to a floured surface and shape into a 12-inch long log.
  3. Slice the log into 12 equal pieces. Roll into balls and lightly flatten the top for hamburger buns, or into 6-inch ovals for hot dog buns.
  4. Grease a baking sheet. Place rolls on it and cover with a towel. Let rise in a draft-free location until doubled (about 30 minutes).
  5. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake buns 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.



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  • Mariette’s Back to Basics

    Dearest Katie,
    You really provide us with a yummy and above all, a very healthy recipe for the black bean burgers! Thanks a lot.
    Hugs to you,

    • Katie B.

      We do try to eat healthy around here. :)

  • Beth @Aunt B’s Kitchen

    Great recipe. Tasty, and nutritious too. Thanks for sharing it.

  • amy @ fearless homemaker

    YUM! I love veggie burgers/black bean burgers but rarely make them myself. Must change that soon!

  • Tonia@thegunnysack

    Yum! Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this at What’s In The Gunny Sack!

    • Katie B.

      My pleasure. Thanks for visiting!

  • Naunnie

    Dear Katie, Thank you so much for these recipes. I have very picky eaters! Your recipe for Black Bean Burgers was my last attempt to change their minds on “bean” burgers. I am happy to report my family loved them! My “worst food critic”, 5 year old Grandson, left me dazed when he scarfed down a second burger!

    I also have to rave about your recipe for buns! We have soy flour allergies here, so I bake all kinds of bread, everyday! Your recipe is now, the only one I will use for buns. With a family of six, I love that this recipe makes twelve. I always think, I will have some to freeze, but so far, that has not happened. My family prefers these buns over homemade sandwich bread and even biscuits!

    My bread machine directions also suggest adding liquids first. I “melt” 1/4 cup of shortening in the 1 cup water. ( I keep “organic” shortening in the frig. Fill measuring cup to 1 cup water, spoon cold shortening into same cup until level reaches 1 1/4 cup). I then whisk the “room temp” egg into the same cup when oil/water has reached about 90 degrees according to my meat thermometer. I have made these buns countless times and this recipe never has failed me. Wish you could see my happy dance! :o)

    My “food critic” especially loves them when I brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle the top with roasted sesame seeds right before they go in to bake.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us. Grandma’s a happy camper!

    • Katie Berry

      Naunnie, I’m so happy your family enjoyed both recipes! My family is super picky, too, so we went through many bean burger recipes before I came up with one they’d eat.

      Great tips on melting the shortening and whisking in the egg, too. Thank you so much for sharing those. :)

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