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Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burgers

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Patties


  • 3 Cups Black Beans*
  • 1 tablespoon Oil plus more for cooking the finished burgers
  • 1 medium onion small dice (approx 1 ¼ Cups)
  • 1 medium poblano pepper small dice (approx ¾ Cup)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce Annies brand makes a great vegan one!
  • ¼ Cup BBQ Sauce I use Stubbs Original
  • Cup Bread Crumbs OR 3 tablespoon Masa Harina **


  • Saute the chopped onion and poblano in 1 tablespoon of oil for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add salt, garlic powder and paprika and saute for a minute longer. Next add the barbecue sauce and saute another minute. Remove from heat.
  • Mash the black beans with a potato masher in a large bowl. Reference the first picture for the texture you are looking for. Were not going for full smooth here. There should be some full beans left.
  • Add the onion and pepper mixture to the bowl of black beans and stir everything together with a spatula or large spoon until everything is well combined.
  • Add your binder- either bread crumb or masa harina and use your hands to combine to be sure everything gets thoroughly mixed. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes so the binder has some time to soak up some moisture. If after ten minutes your burger mixture is really wet, add a little more of the binder of your choice. It should be tacky and moist but you should be able to handle it without a huge mess.
  • Next take a ⅓ cup measure and portion out the burgers. I got exactly 8 burgers. Next use your hands to pat them into a burger shape. Don’t go too thin- about ½ inch thick is the sweet spot.
  • Next heat a pan over medium heat and add about 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the burgers- I cooked 4 at a time- and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side or until they are nice and brown. I found a wire fish spatula was the perfect utensil to flip with. Repeat the process with the remaining burgers.
  • Then dress them any way you like and enjoy!


*I used unsalted black beans so if yours contain sodium, reduce the salt by at least half.
**As I noted above, do not substitute corn meal for the masa harina. It will be much too coarse and this recipe won’t work properly.
Keyword black bean burgers, burgers, veggie burgers