Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger {easy-peasy recipe}

March 5, 2013

May it be because I’m not in my early twenties anymore and my body is changing, or because food is getting through too many unnatural processes, my stomach is becoming quite picky and does not stand junk food anymore :(. I still crave for pub food, tough! A burger made with quality ingredients – other than meat and cereal and who knows what kind of meat – a burger that pair well with a fresh beer and good chips. But, woe is me, I can never be too sure about food quality when I eat out. So many times I felt disgusted after eating bad quality meat and chips deep fried in old oil. Now I stand firm not to indulge in bad food (not too often, at least :)).

Avoiding meat does not mean giving up on taste and depriving ourselves of a tasty food. It means trying new ingredients and coming up with new culinary ideas. I decided to make my own burger, a veggie burger, I mean. I found out that beans are a great alternative to meat. Especially the black ones, being a very digestible legume and providing 15 grams of protein per cup, equivalent to the amount in 2 ounces of a meat like chicken or a fish like salmon.

I have already spoken about black beans in another post, where I prepared a bean soup as a flavorful mix of proteins and fibers. In this recipe, beans are spot on due to their color and consistency. Smashing them is easy and by mixing them with spices and few other ingredients like onion and peppers, with no effort at all I got patties looking like meat burgers! It’s an aesthetic comparison, of course. Taste is still different although it’s not what you might think. It’s better, I bet.

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Spicy Black Bean Burger

Serving Size: 4 patties


  • for the patties: 1 romano pepper
  • 1 can black beans (well drained)
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • fresh coriander
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped chilli
  • olive oil to cook
  • salt to season
  • cheese and fresh tomato (in slices) to complete the burgers
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  • guacamole: 1 avocado
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to season
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  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to season


  1. Drain the black beans. In a medium bowl, mash them with a fork until thick and pasty.
  2. Finely chop the Romano pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the chili, cumin, turmeric and oregano.
  4. Divide mixture into four patties.
  5. Place patties into a pan with little oil and cook about 5 minutes on each side.
  6. Prepare the guacamole smashing the avocado with a fork, squeezing lemon juice in it and seasoning with salt.
  7. Cut the sweet potato in half, then cut in half lengthwise and in half lengthwise again. Cook in a boiling water for about 10 minutes. Drain all the water away and stir fry in a pan for a few minutes. Season with a pinch of salt.

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  • Reply Meghan @ The Tasty Fork March 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    YUM! I LOVE a spicy veggie burger! I’ll be making this! Pinning!

  • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ March 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for pinning it Meghan!

  • Reply sally @ sallys baking addiction March 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I love making black bean burgers and stumbled upon new recipes for them. These sound and look WONDERFUL and I love the spicy kick. :)

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ March 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks Sally. I did not use eggs or flour in this recipe. Once I tried it with flour and I did not like it. In case one needs to reach a firm consistency I suggest to use breadcrumbs instead! Thanks for your comment. I’ve just visited your blog…. it’s really great!

  • Reply Amy Tong March 8, 2013 at 1:45 am

    What a gorgeous and flavorful burger. With a burger this scrumptious, I know I won’t miss the meat at all. :)

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ March 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Ami! Glad you stopped by my blog. I am a huge fan of your Orange Curd recipe!

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  • Reply Scarlet Lane June 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Is the 1 can of black beans just a regular 14.5 oz can?

  • Reply Katia Garza June 12, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Hi I’m a vegan college student and like trying out new recipes, I wanted to give this recipe a try but I can spicy foods because I have gastric problems, is there anyway I could alter it and not make it spicy? Also in the ingredient list you have Romano peppers, but they are no where to be seen on the recipe (bell peppers are there though), which ones am I supposed to use?

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ June 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Dear Katia,
      Sure, you can skip the spices! Use any kind of pepper you like, I used Romano pepper that are even milder than bell pepper.


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