Black bean 'n beef burger recipe

Black Bean and Beef Burgers

  • Author: Rosanne Robinson, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burger or 8 sliders 1x


These hearty and healthy burgers are sure to please everyone with their harmonious blend of both lean ground beef and black beans. Grill or bake and enjoy with a fresh summer salad and your choice of bun (Or go naked! Ooh la la!)



Burger patties:

  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped (optional but delicious)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs (or gluten-free oats if need gluten free)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp of your favourite BBQ sauce (choose gluten-free brand if necessary)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Buns – suggest regular or thin bun; whole grain or sourdough; regular or gluten-free
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce and/or sprouts
  • Red onion
  • Avocado
  • Pickles
  • Condiments of choice


  1. Open 1 can of black beans, drain and rinse. Set aside to drain for a while and/or dab with a towel to ensure excess water/moisture is removed.
  2. Place beans in a medium-sized bowl and mash with a potato masher until partially mashed and some whole beans remain.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to this bowl and stir together until completely mixed.
  4. Form into patties (6 large or 8 small). Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and once completed, place in the freezer for 1-2 hours prior to grilling if you can (even 30 minutes will do). This step is optional but I do think that it helps to keep the burger together!
  5. Get cooking’! To grill: place patties on the grill (medium-high heat) for about 8-10 minutes each side. To bake: place patties on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10 minutes each side, 20 minutes total.