Learn how to make the best Grilled Black Bean Burgers. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these burgers are packed with protein and fiber, and can be customized to your liking with different toppings and variations.
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Grilled Black Bean Burger: Healthy Summer Grilling Idea
Grilled black bean burgers are an easy and healthy summer meal that everyone will love. They’re packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, and they’re incredibly versatile.
Easy to make with simple ingredients was essential for me when creating this recipe. There are so many black bean burgers with like 30 steps out there that just seem unnecessary. I try to keep this one an easy as possible.
It is also essential that these black bean burgers are actually grillable, like on a traditional grill outside. So many out there are too soft or flimsy to be able to actually put on the grill, not these ones. (Although you can easily make them inside on a skillet as well.)
The best part is that these black bean burgers can be customized to your liking with different toppings and variations. I like to think of these as a great base for a black bean burger, take them and go crazy with what you like to finish them.
- Yellow Onion – Onions bring a lot of flavor to these burgers, be sure to not skip the step to drain the extra liquid out though, otherwise you might end up with flimsy burgers that fall apart because the moisture content is too high.
- Old Fashioned Oats or Quick Oats – Either kind work here because we are going to run them through the food processor. You will want a result somewhat the texture of sand. If you want you can substitute for oat flour although the texture will be slightly different.
- Garlic – Of course for flavor, you can add a tad more if you like it or leave it out if you don’t like it.
- Black Beans – The main part of a black bean burger. I use canned black beans for ease. You can used dry black beans that have been cooked, you will need about 3 cups instead of the two cans.
- Egg – This does need an egg to help hold the burger together. I will note I have not tried to make this vegan with an egg substitute so I am not quite sure how well one would work, if I end up testing it I will report back.
- Salt – Add some salt for flavor. If you are looking for even more flavor you can follow one of the variations below.
For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.
- Add some chopped bell pepper or jalapeño for extra flavor and spice.
- Season your burgers with taco seasoning and then top your burger with avocado, salsa, or guacamole for a delicious Mexican twist.
- Mix in some shredded cheese for a cheesy black bean burger.
- Add greek seasonings and feta cheese for a Mediterranean twist.
- Add a rib rub or wing blend to the patties and then top with barbecue sauce, onions, and cheddar for a barbecue burger.
Add the oats to a food processor. Run until a ground into sand like texture. Transfer the ground oats to a mixing bowl.
Add the onion to the food processor. Processes the onion until it is minced. Transfer the minced onion to clean towel and ring out liquid. Transfer the onion back to the food processor.
Add the minced garlic, salt, beans and egg to the food processor. Pulse until beans are broken up and everything is fairly smooth.
Transfer the bean mixture to the mixing bowl with the oats. Fold together until everyting holda together. Form into 6 even sized patties, remebering that these doesn’t shrink while cooking so make sure they fit the size of your buns well.
To grill preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Cook on the grill for about 6 minutes each side, 12 minutes total. So that both sides have nice grill marks and a crispy outside. Alternatively cook on a skillet over medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes a side.
If you are adding cheese to your burger you will want to add it on the last minute of cooking.
tips, tricks and questions
How do you keep black bean burgers from falling apart?
These black bean burgers were designed to not fall apart so hopefully you have no issues.
If you start making additions/variations you might have trouble with them falling apart, the biggest thing you want to watch for is that you aren’t adding too much moisture. You’ll notice that we squeeze the onions to remove some of that liquid and it is for that reason, so the burgers don’t start falling apart. Additions like seasonings are great because they hold no moisture but if you start adding peppers and cheese just keep an eye on the moisture levels because that is when they might start falling apart.
Are black bean burgers healthy?
Yes, black bean burgers are full of fiber, protein, and vitamins.
Can you freeze black bean burgers?
Absolutely. These are freezable. You can also cook them from frozen, just note they will take longer to cook.
Can I use oat flour instead of blending the oats?
Yes, I just try to keep my pantry minimal so I just find it easy to grind the oats myself since I always have them on hand. But if you keep oat flour at your house feel free to use it.
How long to grill black bean burgers?
With the grill on medium-high heat they should take about 6 minutes on each side, or about 12 minutes total.
If you like this Grilled Black Bean Burger Recipe you might also like:
- 1/2 medium yellow onion
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (or quick oats)
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 14oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Add the oats to a food processor. Run until a ground into sand like texture. Transfer the ground oats to a mixing bowl.
- Add the onion to the food processor. Processes the onion until it is minced. Transfer the minced onion to clean towel and ring out liquid. Transfer the onion back to the food processor.
- Add the minced garlic, salt, beans and egg to the food processor. Pulse until beans are broken up and everything is fairly smooth.
- Transfer the bean mixture to the mixing bowl with the oats. Fold together until everyting holda together. Form into 6 even sized patties, remebering that these doesn't shrink while cooking so make sure they fit the size of your buns well.
- To grill preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Cook on the grill for about 6 minutes each side, 12 minutes total. So that both sides have nice grill marks and a crispy outside. Alternatively cook on a skillet over medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes a side.
Serving Size:1 black bean burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 698mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 11gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g
Nutritional data is automated and might not be 100% accurate, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.