If you foliow me on Instagram you already know what’s coming.

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Is there anything better than homemade black bean burgers?

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Until yesterday, I wouldn’t have been able to answer that question.

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Can you believe that?

This has been a summer of kitchen-self discovery.  And you know what I’ve realized?

My kitchen-self has been kind of lame up until now.

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I feel like every other post I write is about how I’ve never tried the easiest things.

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Luckily though that’s all changing.  And not a moment too soon into my 27 years.

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The best part about these little guys (aside from them being vegetarian, healthy and delicious) is that they take just minutes to make from start to finish.

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And then you’re left with these delicious little patties that you can throw onto a toasted whole wheat bun with pepperjack cheese, avocado, lettuce…

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and a generous dollop of Chipotle Adobo Dipping Sauce (yeah, I just changed the name, I like it this way better.  that’s the beauty of making up your own recipes) –

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These will most definitely become a regular item in our house.

I’ve heard people say once you have homemade veggie burgers, you can’t go back and I never believed them…until now.

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Adobo Dipping Sauce

Makes 4 burgers


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or more depending on desired heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg white, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • Chipotle Adobo Dipping Sauce
  1. Combine olive oil, garlic, onion and beans in food processor; pulsing until beans make a thick paste.
  2. Transfer bean mixture to a separate bowl and add in ingredients from breadcrumbs to eggs, stirring gently until completely combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Divide burger mixture into four equal sections (I just did this roughly with my hands) and form into patties.
  4. Spray a heat-proof pan with cooking oil and place over medium-heat.  Add patties cooking 3-4 minutes on each side or until bottom and edges are slightly browned.
  5. Serve on toasted whole wheat buns with lettuce, avocado, pepperjack cheese and Chipotle Adobo Dipping Sauce

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I will never be going back.

  • http://RDexposed.com Molly @ RDexposed

    I just made basil black bean burgers this week-so good! I’ve actually never had a store bought veggie burger. They seem to have no appeal to me.

    • Cait

      After having this – I can see why!! I used to live off them but I don’t think I can ever go back now.

  • http://spinachandsprinkles.wordpress.com Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles

    Your patties came out so good- I struggle with mine falling apart a little. I’ll have to give your recipe a try; it sounds delicious!!

    • Cait

      I know I was a little worried about that too but these held together beautifully! I think processing the beans + the egg really helped. :)

  • http://www.yesiwantcake.com Katie

    Ohmygosh, they look PERFECT. Mine always turn into crumbly little piles. I’m trying your version.

    • Cait

      Yay! Let me know what you think! I was really pleased with these :)

  • http://talkless-saymore.com/ Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    Now those are some burgers I can get behind!! And don’t feel bad, I’ve never made my own black bean burgers either…well I made I have but not successfully. ;)

    • Cait

      Try these ones and let me know what you think! :)

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Definitely gonna have to give this try! :P

    • Cait

      Yay! Let me know what you think! :)

  • http://rachrachbobach.wordpress.com Rachel

    looks great! I’ve only made black bean burgers once… always so tasty!

    • Cait

      Agreed! I’m definitely on board with homemade!

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    I have a can of black beans calling my name as we speak! THese WILL be recreated. :)

    • Cait

      YAY!! You won’t regret it :)

  • http://macncheesenpeas.blogspot.com Amy @Macncheesenpeas

    these look wicked good!! I need to get a food processor asap because I doubt my blender would work very well for black beans. haha

    • Cait

      Definitely get one – it’s the best investment I’ve ever made! :)

  • http://thesmartkitchenblog.com Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Those look INCREDIBLE. [And they stayed together so well!] :)

    I have a go-to bean-and-grain mixture that I mess around with, subbing in different beans and spices, but this looks even easier than that.

    • Cait

      My favorite part was definitely how easy they were and how quickly they came together!

  • http://onapinktypewriter.com joelle (on a pink typewriter)

    These look incredible! I’ve never, ever had a black bean burger, but you may have just convinced me to give ‘em a whirl!

    • Cait

      Oh my goodness you HAVE to give these a try! Let me know what you think if you try them! :)

  • http://www.thenondairyqueen.com/ Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Bean burgers are always my favorite! These look amazing Cait! Perfection on a plate!

    • Cait

      Thanks Sarena! :)

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  • http://www.whatkellysaid.com Kelly

    Those burgers looks thick and AMAZING!!!

    • Cait

      They were SO good! A perfect meat substitute!

  • http://nutmeggerdiaries.wordpress.com Jenny

    why does avocado make everything better?

    • Cait

      I have no idea but it ABSOLUTELY does.

  • Tt in nyc

    I started making my own veggie burgers so long ago.. And have never again been satisfied by the frozen stuff from a box! The must-haves are the pureed bean and a flax egg (or real egg). Some of my favorite combos include shredded zucchini, grated onion, and mushrooms- sautee the veg seperate and then mix all together since the give off a lot of liquid. And chilling for an hour or so before cooking will fix the falling apart problems. Instead of bread crumbs i have used quinoa/oatmeal/stale crackers/leftover rice and they all work just as well. Have fun experimenting! (and for some reason they are a lot of fun as balls and mini muffins too!)

    • Cait

      Oooh these all sound so good! I definitely can’t wait to try my next variety! Thanks for the tips and ideas :)

  • http://withasideofhope.wordpress.com Hope @ With A Side Of Hope

    These black bean burgers look amazing! I’ve always wanted to try making them at home. Definitely trying your recipe :)

    • Cait

      Wohoo! Let me know what you think! :)

  • KW

    I found this page on Foodgawker.com yesterday and decided to make them today. They came out great! I was worried about how it would go as this was my 1st attempt at making homemade black bean burgers, but it was very easy. I’ll definitely be making again. :)

    • Cait

      Oh I’m so glad to hear it!! I was definitely really pleased with them as well. It was my first time doing it too so I didn’t expect it to go as smoothly as it did. So happy you enjoyed :)