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Ready in under 20 minutes, these healthy, simple, and vegan Easy Southwest Black Bean Burgers will become a staple in your household! 

Southwest Black Bean Burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and avocado

I love a good veggie burger – who doesn’t? However, they can seem a bit intimidating to make, which is why most people turn to the frozen section of their grocery store for their fix. I wanted to create a veggie burger that was so simple and easy to make, that you’d never have to buy a frozen veggie burger again! Which is what inspired me to come up with this recipe.

Why this Recipe Works:

  • This recipe is so great because not only is it delicious, but it’s EASY! All you do is dump a bunch of ingredients into a bowl, mix it up, form into patties, and then cook on the frying pan.
  • These burgers have a nice little kick to them and they’re also incredibly filling.
  • Made with healthy ingredients, these burgers are super nutritious too.

Why are black beans so great?

  • There are countless reasons why I love black beans! They’re hearty, delicious, and one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
  • From a nutrition standpoint, black beans are loaded with protein and fiber, which means they’re pleasantly filling and satisfying. Yet these bad boys are quite low in calories too!
  • They taste delicious – especially when combined with brown rice, sweet corn and a small selection of Southwest inspired flavor-packed spices. Which is why I created the unbelievably quick and Easy Southwest Black Bean Burger recipe you’ll see below!

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How to Make Easy Southwest Black Bean Burgers:

1. First, drain and rinse your black beans.

Drained and rinsed black beans

2. Next, in a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed meal and warm water.  Give it a little stir and then let it be until you need it later.

3. In a medium-sized bowl, pour in those black beans and then lightly mash them up with a potato masher or a fork, allowing for some beans to remain partially intact.

Mashed black beans with a potato masher

4. Next, add the corn, spices, salt and sugar…

Corn, spices, salt, and sugar added to black beans

Lastly, add the brown rice and the ground flaxseed concoction to the bowl. Once it’s all in there, stir until just combined.

Brown rice and flax mixture added to the bowl

5. At this point, you’ll want to give the mix a taste to see if the salt level is on point. Add an additional pinch if you think it needs it and then gently stir again.

6. Now would be the time to start heating up a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray, if you so desire.

7. While the skillet is prepping, divide the mixture up and form into equal sized patties. Next, lay those suckers right onto the hot skillet.

Black bean patties on a hot skillet

You’ll want these burgers to cook low and slow to ensure the middle is warmed through. After about 5 minutes, give them a flip!

Flipped black bean patties on a hot skillet

8. While those patties are cooking, start getting your condiments and any other special additions ready. Most people I serve these black bean burgers to enjoy the “toasted wheat bun” route that I often take. I just add about a teaspoon or so of buttery-type spread to each half of the bun and then I let them toast ever so slightly on that heated pan.

Burger buns toasting on the skillet

When it comes to topping these burgers, I’m a big fan of sliced heirloom tomatoes when in season…

Sliced heriloom tomato

and Bibb lettuce and avocado too!

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And there you have it – a savory and delicious bean burger that will impress both the carnivores and vegetarians in your life. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Easy Southwest Black Bean Burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and avocado

Top Tips for Making Easy Southwest Black Bean Burgers:

  • Be sure to rinse your beans before cooking. If you can soak for a few hours or overnight that’s even better. It will make the beans much easier to digest.
  • If you don’t have a potato masher, you can use a big fork instead. 
  • FYI – I did a little experimenting recently and found that adding a bit of ketchup or BBQ sauce is fantastic, as their sweetness compliments the sassy spiciness of these black bean babies quite nicely! Or, you can use both (which is what I do sometimes)!
  • You can always make your burger patties larger or smaller depending on your preference.
  • If you plan on grilling these, cook them on the stovetop first and then reheat on the grill so they don’t fall apart.

Did you try this recipe? Please give it a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below. Your feedback is very helpful! Thanks in advance. 

Southwest Black Bean Burgers

Easy Southwest Black Bean Burgers

There are countless reasons why I love black beans and therefore, black bean burgers! These bad boys are low in calories, loaded with fiber and protein, and pack that delicious Southwest flavor punch!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Southwest Black Bean Burgers, Veggie Burgers
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 patties

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of black beans organic if possible, drained
  • 2 T. ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn thawed, organic if possible
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (172 g) completely cooled (heat up the frozen type when in a pinch!)
  • Cooking spray for your skillet or griddle
  • 4 tsp. onion powder
  • 4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper for "spicy" leave out completely for "mild"
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Special Additions: Whole wheat buns, lettuce, tomato and any other toppings you may desire, such as avocado, mustard or a lil' ketchup or BBQ sauce!

Instructions

  • First, drain and rinse your black beans.
  • Next, in a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed meal and warm water.  Give it a little stir and then let it be until you need it later.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, pour in those black beans and then lightly mash them up with a potato masher or a fork, allowing for some beans to remain partially intact.
  • Next, add the corn, spices, salt, sugar, brown rice and the ground flaxseed concoction to the bowl. Stir until just combined.
  • At this point, you'll want to give the mix a taste to see if the salt level is on point. Add an additional pinch if you think it needs it and then gently stir again.
  • Now would be the time to start heating up a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray, if you so desire.
  • While the skillet is prepping, divide the mixture up and form into equal sized patties. Next, lay those suckers right onto the hot skillet. You'll want these burgers to cook low and slow to ensure the middle is warmed through. After about 5 minutes, give them a flip!
  • While those patties are cooking, start getting your condiments and any other special additions ready. Most people I serve these black bean burgers to enjoy the "toasted wheat bun" route that I often take. I just add about a teaspoon or so of buttery-type spread to each half of the bun and then I let them toast ever so slightly on that heated pan.
  • When it comes to topping these burgers, I'm a big fan of sliced heirloom tomatoes when in season, Bibb lettuce, and avocado.

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Notes

  • Be sure to rinse your beans before cooking. If you can soak for a few hours or overnight that's even better. It will make the beans much easier to digest.
  • If you don't have a potato masher, you can use a big fork instead. 
  • FYI - I did a little experimenting recently and found that adding a bit of ketchup or BBQ sauce is fantastic, as their sweetness compliments the sassy spiciness of these black bean babies quite nicely! Or, you can use both (which is what I do sometimes)!
  • You can always make your burger patties larger or smaller depending on your preference.
  • If you plan on grilling these, cook them on the stovetop first and then reheat on the grill so they don't fall apart.
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Georgia

I love black bean patties, never tried to make them myself. This seems easy enough and I’m guessing you could freeze some of them. My hubby does not partake in black bean patties.

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Marie

These burgers are delicious!!! Should I cook before freezing?

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