Black Bean Burger

I’ve attempted to implement Meatless Mondays around here: both to save money and give our digestive systems a break from processing meat. It’s been met with mixed reviews, especially from my husband, but I’m happy to say I’ve found a few winner recipes.

Most of the winners are thanks to black beans since they’re so filling and once mashed almost have a meaty texture. Black bean burgers are a top runner and I’m excited to share the recipe today!

black bean burger



  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup or mustard or 1/2 a tablespoon of each
  • Thick, creamy spread like mayo, guacamole, chipotle sauce, garlic aioli etc.
  • Fancy buns
  • All your favorite toppings- lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onions, salsa, cheese, etc.


  • Mash black beans in a large mixing bowl. Add oatmeal and ketchup or mustard. Stir to combine.
  • Form into patties about 4 inches wide … or to match the width of your buns
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, flip the patties and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Top your patty with cheese as soon as it comes out of the oven and place on top of your bun.
  • Add spread and veggie fixings. Add the top bun and serve with a side of sweet potato fries.

black bean burger patty

black bean burger in hand

The key to yummy black bean burgers is adding a good sauce and lots of veggies. The patties alone can seem a bit dry so play around with a quality bun, spreads and toppings to find the perfect balance. A strong cheese like pepper jack or gouda adds a great flavor too!

Do you have a meatless day during the week? What are you go-to vegetarian meals?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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added onions and mushrooms… in the oven now. fingers crossed! thanks for the recipe! i def needed a quick dinner with 2 crabby kids and a hubby working late!