Ever want a dish that is meaty, filling, healthy, and smoky? This is my favorite black bean burger recipe, and it certainly does the trick. With enough seasoning and care, you can have a hot, juicy, meaty burger without the meat.
What makes this burger so meaty without the meat is the combination of beans, mushrooms, and sweet bell peppers. Mushrooms are tender and packed with flavor, giving the black beans more body.
You can use whatever mushrooms you like—go for the classic baby bellas or white mushrooms, or go for something more exotic such as oyster mushrooms or lion’s mane.
As for the bell peppers, my preference are red peppers for their sweeter taste, but use your personal favorite. They can be yellow, green, orange, or an heirloom variety straight out of your garden.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to make
- Only 9 wholesome ingredients
- Juicy and smoky
- Delicious, hearty flavor
- Filling and healthy
- Perfect for barbeques
Vegetarian with Substitutes
This is a vegetarian dish for those who do still enjoy eggs and dairy, but you can substitute any of the ingredients for egg and dairy substitutes if you would like a vegan option.
If you are not vegetarian, I highly encourage that you try this dish because it is less expensive to make than if you used beef and it tastes just as good as beef. You can even use classic Worcestershire sauce (which contains anchovies) to create a distinct umami flavor in your burger.
Packed with Flavor
The trick to getting so much flavor into these burgers is the use of smoked sea salt and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Smoked sea salts are among my favorite salts to use when making specialty dishes. Applewood, Alderwood, Cherrywood, Hickory, and Mesquite are typical varieties that are available in shops.
Check your local specialty story, farmer’s market, or grocery store to see what smoked salts are available. As for which one is the best, that is up to your personal taste! My favorite is Applewood, but you might prefer another flavor.
Buns and Toppings
In my home, we love to top our burgers with Havarti cheese. This is a super buttery and creamy cheese that melts well over the burgers and helps to keep the burgers together once assembled.
We ate the burgers on a whole wheat bun this time, but our favorite bun to use is brioche. Additional condiments and toppings include beefsteak tomatoes, oakleaf lettuce, mayonnaise, and ketchup.
Serve with Homemade French Fries
Nothing beats Homemade French Fries. Fresh, hot, crispy, and salty, these homemade fries are as satisfying to fry as they are to munch on. They have a beautiful golden-brown skin, flakey exterior, and pleasantly salty flavor. Best of all, they can be mixed with different herbs, spices, or seasonings to enhance the taste. These French fries are bomb with Old Bay seasoning and Cajun seasoning.
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Special Tools and Equipment
Large Mixing Bowl
Black Bean Burgers with Mushrooms and Peppers
- 3 large eggs
- 3 15 oz cans (1317g) black beans, drained
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 5 oz (142g) baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped, or 3 tbsp garlic powder
- 6 oz (170g) panko bread crumbs
- 3 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, or soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste, preferably smoked salt
- hamburger buns and toppings for serving
Make the black bean base
Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Add the drained black beans, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, bread crumbs, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Using a silicone spatula, mix all of the ingredients until the black bean mixture is thick and binds together.
Cook the black bean burgers
Heat 3 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large skillet.
Using a large 5oz ice cream scooper or soup ladle, scoop four heaping mounds of black bean burger onto the skillet.
Use the spatula to press the burger down and reshape into a patty if necessary.
Cook burger on each side on high heat for 7 to 8 minutes. If the burger will not release from the skillet, cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes before flipping it over.
Remove the burgers from the skillet and set aside in a warm place. Repeat the cooking process to use up the rest of the black bean mixture.
Assemble the burger
Assemble your burger with your favorite bun and toppings.