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Best Ever Black Bean Burgers from Veganomicon


The Veganomicon is one of the best vegan cook-books available.  I recommend it to all vegetarians and meat-eaters alike who are interested in adding a few meatless meals to their diet.

My husband and I went through several dud black bean burger recipes before we found this gem.  Most of the time the burgers were tasty enough, but would fall apart way too easily.  I am crazy for this burger recipe.  I've passed it along to at least a dozen, mostly meat-eaters and it's a hit all around.


• 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed

• 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten

• 1/2 cup bread crumbs

• 1 teaspoon chile powder

• 1/2 tspn cumin

• 1/4 cup water

• 1 tblspn tomato paste

• 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1/2 small onion, grated

• 2 tblspns olive oil

• hamburger buns


1. Mash the beans with a fork in a mixing bowl. You don't want to puree them; just get them mashed so that no whole beans are left, but you should leave some half beans.

2. Add the chile powder, cumin, water, tomato paste, cilantro, garlic and onion and mix together with a fork.

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3. Mix in the wheat gluten and bread crumbs and then proceed to knead with your hands, until the mixture is firm and uniformly mixed.

4. Preheat a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.

5. Divide the burger mixure into six equal pieces and roll each piece into a firm ball.

6. Use your palm to flatten the balls into a patty about 1/2 inch thick.

7. Pour a thin layer of olive oil into the pan.

8. Cook patties three at a time for 5 minutes on each side, gently pressing down on them with a spatula. Spray with olive oil before turning over.


AmandaMurphy on February 15, 2012:

Anyone tried to sweeten them up a tiny bit by adding something like Diced or even shredded apples or pears?

Lori Tremblay on January 09, 2012:

These burgers are delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect. I might try a little more seasoning next time. Did anyone try the the liquid smoke? I will definitely make these again.

Andrea on November 28, 2011:

I make these all the time now. I use smoked sea salt and extra of all the seasonings. I'm going to try the chipotle next time.

Cathrine on June 12, 2011:

Mmm! Wonder if liquid smoke would do any good in these burgers. Have to try them out this week! To bad I don't have tomato paste or black beans in the house, or else I would make them right now!

Marisa OConnor (author) on August 18, 2010:

Yum! That sounds awesome. Thanks for the recommendation.

JustHonest from Seattle, WA on August 18, 2010:

I LOVE black bean burgers! Try putting some chopped chipotle peppers in sometime -- their smokey flavor is so scrumptious!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 14, 2010:

All the ingredients are favorites. Making some meals that do not involve meat are healthy and inexpensive even for non vegetarians!

eurigiles on August 13, 2010:

hmmm! I had a black bean burger from Chili's once, it was ok. I can't wait to try this recipe, my wife is always telling me that we should only eat food we cook ourselves, I guess now is as good a time as any to start.

Great hub!

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on August 06, 2010:

Short and sweet. Thank you for this lovely recipe

Vicki Carroll from Birmingham, AL on August 06, 2010:

can't wait to try it. thanks.

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