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Spicy Black Bean Burgers, vegan and gluten-free
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5 from 11 votes

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Black Bean Burgers that are perfect for a cookout! These are spicy and smoky with chipotle chili and cumin, and they have the goodness of brown rice, oats and walnuts cooked into them. Best of all, they hold together beautifully on the grill. Vegan, soy-free and gluten-free.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Burger
Cuisine: Soy-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 burger patties
Calories: 162kcal


  • 30 oz canned black beans
  • 1 cup rolled or instant oats
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup carrots (grated)
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce with 1 teaspoon of the sauce (use more or less depending on your tolerance for heat)
  • ¼ cup cilantro (minced)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (for cooking burgers, or use cooking spray)


  • Put the walnuts and oats in the processor and pulse until the nuts are broken down into small pieces but not powdery.
  • Add the carrots, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, sesame seeds if using, and salt. Pulse to mix, then add the drained black beans, rice and ketchup. Process until the beans are broken into small bits and the mixture holds together when you form a ball with your fingers or fist.
  • Form three-inch discs with the mixture. Cover a cast iron or nonstick skillet with oil and cook the burgers until brown and black spots appear on each side.
  • Assemble the burgers with vegan mayo mixed with a spicy sauce like chili garlic sauce or sriracha, greens like spinach or lettuce, tomatoes, onions and avocados.


Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2170IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.3mg