You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these classic vegan black bean burgers. Simple ingredients, really easy to make, and an incredibly delicious under 30 minute vegan dinner idea!
Everyone needs an arsenal of super quick dinner ideas. I’m talking under 30 minutes from start to finish. Whether you are single and have a busy life or have a family that is constantly on the go, everyone can benefit from quick dinner ideas. These classic vegan black bean burgers, are one of those recipes.
This veggie burger recipe contains a handful of ingredients that all come together for a really classic burger taste. By using a combination of things like vegan Worcestershire sauce, homemade BBQ sauce, and spices, it will be the best vegan black bean burger that you’ve tasted.
Our favorite part is that it’s almost completely made inside the food processor, so clean up is an absolute breeze.
Watch how to make these vegan black bean burgers:
What ingredients do you need to make these vegan black bean burgers?
We do try to keep our recipes to minimum amount of ingredients, but we also want to ensure that we give the best possible flavor impact whenever we can. When we create recipes, we really want you to be blown away and not think that just because you have food allergies or preferences that you have to sacrifice flavor and taste. This vegan black bean burger recipe contains 15 total ingredients. The ingredients that you will need for this recipe are:
- black beans
- flax seeds
- red onion
- green pepper
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- panko bread crumbs (use GF if needed)
- sriracha sauce
- homemade bbq sauce (or favorite vegan bottled sauce with a sweet flavor)
- vegan Worcestershire sauce
- olive oil
How do you make vegan black bean burgers?
Our absolute favorite thing about this vegan black bean burger recipe is that you need just a small bowl, food processor and a skillet to make everything come together. Easy clean-up makes us so happy.
In order to make these vegan black bean burgers, we start by adding the flax seed and water into a small bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, add all the other ingredients, except the olive oil, into the food processor. Blend until well combined. The onions and peppers should be in small pieces. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Then form into 4 equal sized patties.
Add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium low heat. Add the patties and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Add to a bun with your favorite toppings and more BBQ sauce or other condiments.
In the photos, we topped the vegan black bean burgers with Chao cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, smashed avocado, and more BBQ sauce.
How do you make vegan black bean burgers stick together?
One complaint we always hear is that people try to make vegan black bean burgers at home and they don’t stick together. Whether when forming or when flipping or trying to remove from the skillet, they have issues. We worked hard on this recipe to ensure that our vegan black bean burgers would hold together as well as they could without weird additives.
Typically burgers bind together using eggs, but since these are vegan black bean burgers, we can’t use those. We have found though that panko bread crumbs do the trick.
The key is to let the panko bread crumbs rest in the mixture before cooking it. This allows the bread crumbs to soak up the moisture in the recipe and really bind things together. The other thing is to let them sit for a few minutes after removing them from the stove. Combined with these two things, you should have perfect black bean burgers that hold together.
Where can you buy vegan Worcestershire sauce?
We have started to finally find vegan Worcestershire in our local stores, but before that we found on Amazon or Thrive Market. We used the Annie’s brand for this particular recipe.
If you are not vegan and only dairy free, you can use a regular Worcestershire sauce.
Can I make these Top 8 Allergy Friendly vegan black bean burgers?
As the recipe is written for these vegan black bean burgers, there is soy and wheat in the recipe. The ingredients that contain these are the panko bread crumbs (wheat) and the vegan Worcestershire sauce (soy and wheat). You can swap the panko bread crumbs for a gluten free version. You could also purchase a gluten free version of the worcestershire sauce. As far as the soy, I haven’t yet found a vegan version that you can buy that doesn’t contain soy; however, you could make your own homemade worcestershire sauce, like this one, and replace the soy sauce with a no soy soy free sauce.
It does take work, but it is possible to make these Top 8 Allergy friendly and not sacrifice the flavor that anyone else is able to achieve!
What are other vegan burger recipes that I should try?
Once you try our amazing vegan burger, you may be wondering what other delicious vegan burger ideas you should try. We’ve rounded up a few that we would like to try ourselves. We thought they looked so good!
- Chickpea Falafel Burger
- Beet Burgers
- Chickpea Veggie Burger
- Mexican Burger with Adobo Sauce
- Bean Burger with Mustard Mayo
What food processor do you use in the video?
In the video, we use a Ninja Professional Kitchen 1500 watts food processor and blender system. The food processor is a separate attachment. Any quality food processor should be able to handle making these burgers. If you are questionable about your particular brand, we recommended chopping up the onions and green peppers before putting in your food processor.
Can I make these vegan black bean burgers without a food processor?
We know that not everyone has a food processor. While it is personally one of our favorite appliances, we get it. If you do not have one and would still like to make this vegan black bean burger recipe, it is still possible.
In order to do that, it will take a bit more time, but not impossible. You will want to chop your onions, peppers, and garlic as fine as you can. The other step you will need to do is mashed the black beans burgers with a fork as well as possible. Then, combine the ingredients and proceed with the recipe as written.
The Best Vegan Black Bean Burgers
- 2 tablespoon water
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 15 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed, and dried thoroughly
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs (use GF if needed)
- ½ green pepper, cut into 4-6 pieces
- ½ red onion, cut into wedges
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon homemade BBQ sauce (or favorite sweet bottled variety)
- ½ tablespoon vegan worcestshire sauce (*see notes in post for allergies)
- ½ tablespoon cumin
- ½ tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Bun or Lettuce Wrap
- lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, smashed avocado
- vegan cheese
- sauce: more BBQ, ketchup, mustard, vegan mayo, etc
- Add flax seed and water into a small bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. *This makes a flax egg.
- While waiting for that to come together, add all the other ingredients, except the olive oil, into the food processor.
- Once the flax egg is ready, add that to the processor as well.
- Blend until well combined. The onions and peppers should be in small pieces. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
- Form into 4 equal sized patties.
- Add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium low heat.
- Add the patties and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Carefully flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add to a bun with your favorite toppings and more BBQ sauce or other condiments.
- *In the photos, we topped the vegan black bean burgers with Chao cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, smashed avocado, and more BBQ sauce.
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So don’t know if I missed it but are the beans supposed to be rinsed and drained?
Yes they should be, we updated it to reflect so there’s no confusion in the future. Thanks
I just found this recipe via YouTube and instantly wanted to make it. However, I saw a comment on here that said it was impossible to form into patties, so instead they used it for tacos. I also had the same experience as well.. I do however love the taste of it. I don’t think I kept it in the food processor for a long time.
Thanks for the feedback. Did you make any changes?
These look amazing… Would they taste good cold? Thinking of bringing a “burger” bar to a potluck and won’t have a way to heat them.
Hmm, I mean if you like cold food like that, then they would be fine cold.
These taste delicious, but they did NOT form patties that cooked to stay that way. I cooked them as directed in the olive oil for a long time but they never congealed! I couldn’t flip them because they were like mush. I finally changed gears and made delicious black bean burritos out of them, loaded with shredded cheese, guac, and salsa. Maybe if I baked them as someone suggested above, but they did not fry up like a burger at all.
Sorry to hear this didn’t work for you. Did you make any changes or substitutions to the recipe? Did you let the recipe sit before forming the patties?
Hi! Thank you for this recipe, it looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try it! Would I be able to substitute the Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce? Also, can I omit the Sriracha and have the burger still taste just as good without it?
Hi Kellie! We hope that you love the recipe! We recommend swapping the Worcestershire with A1 or another steak sauce if you are able to, but in a pinch you could do soy sauce. If you have it add a touch of liquid smoke too. And yes, absolutely you can omit the sriracha!
These are delicious! I baked mine rather than using a skillet and they turned out awesome. Thank you for this recipe!
So happy to hear that you loved them! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate that greatly! Have a wonderful day!