Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers ( no breadcrumbs! )

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Healthy vegan black bean burgers that are really easy to make yet super flavourful ! No breadcrumbs needed, and is ready in 30 mins.

black bean burger patties on a plate

I have been obsessed with this vegan black bean burgers lately ! They are one of the staples I always have on hand as they are simply so versatile. And the best part is, they do not fall apart or crumble easily .

Other than that, this black bean burger recipe is also one of the easiest out there. All you need is 10 ingredients and 30 mins. They are freezer-friendly too, thus perfect for meal prep.

So, what exactly is black bean burgers ?

For those of you who are new to plant based / vegan recipes, you may be unfamiliar with black bean burgers. As the name implies, black bean burgers mainly consist of black beans, and oftentime contains grains of some kinds ( I am using oats in this recipe ) to hold up the burger better. Walnuts is also used in this recipe to give the burgers a meaty like taste. They are a very popular among vegans and vegetarians as a meatless burger substitute.

A hand holding a black bean burger

What you will need

  • black beans ( duh ! )
  • rolled oats ( use gluten-free, if needed )
  • walnuts
  • flax egg ( as a binder )
  • onion & garlic
  • frozen/fresh/canned corn kernels
  • miso paste ( optional, for that extra umami flavour )
Ingredients needed for black bean burgers

How to make

  • Preheat the oven to 200c / about 400 degrees, if you decide to bake them.
  • In the meantime, saute the onion in the pan until nicely caramelised, for about 4-5 mins. Add in the garlic and saute for another 1-2 mins.
  • Start by blending the walnuts and rolled oats in the food processor until finely grounded.
  • Add in 2 cups of black beans, salt and pepper and process again until almost smooth. It is ok to leave some chunks in it.
Black bean burger mixture in a food processor
  • Add in the remaining 1 cup of black beans. Give it a few pulse to break the whole black beans into smaller pieces. You can also skip this step if you prefer your burgers to be chunkier.
  • Stir in the corn kernels.
  • Shape it into desire size. I find that 1/3 cup of mixture is the sweet spot. Unlike normal meat patties, these vegan black bean burgers do not shrink after cooking !
  • Now, you can choose to bake, grill or pan fried them ! You will need to bake them for 20 mins, giving them a flip halfway through. If you are grilling or pan frying them, cook each sides for 3-5 mins, or until slightly browned.

How to store + freeze

You can store black bean burgers in the fridge for up to 4 days. And the good news is, you can totally freeze them ! To freeze them, you first place the patties on a tray in a single layer and place them in the freezer for 2 hours. Then, you can transfer them into a ziploc bag or a freezer safe container. That way, all you need to do is just reheat them in the microwave / oven when you are craving burgers !

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Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers ( no breadcrumbs ! )

Healthy vegan black bean burgers that are really easy to make yet super flavourful ! No breadcrumbs needed, and is ready in 30 mins.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 patties
Calories 175 kcal


  • 2 ( 14 oz ) canned black beans, drained ( or about 3 cups cooked )
  • 1 cup rolled oats ( use gluten-free if needed )
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 flax egg **
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste ( optional )
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen/canned/fresh corn kernels


  • Preheat oven to 200c / 400f .
  • Heat up some oil in a pan. Saute the onion for about 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and slightly caramelised. Then, add in the garlic and saute it for another 1-2 minutes . Set aside.
  • Place the oats and walnuts into a food processor and blend until they are finely grounded. Then, add in 2 cups of black beans, miso paste, salt, black pepper and the caramelised onion and garlic into the food processor. Process again until almost smooth.
  • Add in the remaining 1 cup of black beans into the food processor and give it a few pulse. Then, stir in the corn kernels.
  • Divide the mixture into 6-8 parts and shape them into patties.
  • Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Pair them with your favourite burger buns and toppings !


To pan fried / grill the burgers, simply cook them for 3-4 minutes on each sides or until slightly browned. 
Burgers can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days, and in the freezer for up to 1 month. 
Keyword black beans, burgers, gluten-free, high protein