Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burger

Black bean burgers
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    20 mins

Spice up a basic vegetarian and vegan black bean burger patty with some cayenne pepper and hot sauce. If you prefer a sandwich with the flavor kicked up a notch, start with a veggie patty that brings the heat.

This vegan black bean patty will hold together well enough to grill, since it contains an egg replacer to bind the ingredients together. It's not like some veggie patties crumble so much that you have to place them in a grilling basket or on a sheet of foil to keep them from falling through the grates. If you're sharing the grill with beef hamburgers, you won't need special treatment. If you're cooking indoors, it can be pan fried in a bit of oil.

This recipe uses canned black beans, but if you prefer, you can start with dried beans. You'll need to soak them and boil them to get them to the soft, fully-cooked consistency you'll need for the recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 "egg" (use Ener-G egg replacer)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Mash the beans in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing until well combined.
  2. Press firmly to form into patties and lightly fry in oil.
  3. Or, fire up the grill and barbecue your black bean veggie burgers over a medium heat.

You can vary the amount of spice in the burger by using more or less hot sauce or cayenne pepper. Since the hot sauce adds a little bit of liquid, be sure to adjust the consistency accordingly.

You can also experiment by adding chopped hot chilis to taste.

Serve your spicy black bean burger on a bun with your favorite burger toppings and condiments. Mustard, ketchup, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, sliced onions, or barbecue sauce are typical. If you are vegan and like mayo, choose a vegan variety.

More Veggie Burger Recipes

Don't think you have to buy commercially-prepared veggie burgers. You can make your own combinations at home, eliminating additives, preservative, packaging, and storage space. Here are many ways to make veggie burgers from beans, tofu, potatoes, lentil, carrots, textured vegetable protein, and more.

Tofu Veggie Burgers:​ ​Quick and easy to make in minutes.​
Easy Potato Veggie Burgers:​ Made with black beans, carrot, potatoes, corn, and onions.
Mushroom and Bean Veggie Burgers:​ Full of umami and easy to put together, plus they are gluten-free.​
Lentil Carrot Veggie Burgers: Easy and healthy.