A quick and easy recipe for Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Burgers that can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan adaptable and perfect for weekly meal prep! #blackbeanburger #veggieburger #veganburger #burger

Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Burger Recipe

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: vegan burger, burger, vegetarian burger
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A quick and easy recipe for Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Burgers that can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan and GF adaptable and perfect for weekly meal prep!



  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed, drained well ( 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder, more to taste  (or cayenne)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • zest from one small lime, 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
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  • 1 egg ( or see notes)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro ( or scallions)
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (or see notes)

Serve with Mexican Slaw or Curtido, avocado slices and chipotle mayo (vegan adaptable) either on a bun or over greens.


Rinse and drain 2 cans black beans and place in a medium bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and all the spices. Add olive oil, lime zest and lime juice. Mash with a potato masher, until mostly mashed, leaving a little texture, then mix until combined. ( You could also pulse in a food processor). Taste, adjust heat level.

At this point you can add ¼-⅓ cup ground flax seed if you want this vegan. Otherwise, add the egg, cilantro and the bread crumbs and mix well until combined well.  Let stand 10-15 minutes so the breadcrumbs or/flax have a chance to absorb moisture.

Using clean damp hands, form into 4 large patties (or 5 or 6 smaller ones).

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet, over medium heat. Sear each side 5-7 minutes, or until golden and heated all the way through (you want the egg to cook). Place in a warm oven ( if you like) until ready to serve – and feel free to add any melty cheese.

Refrigerate or freeze the seared black bean burgers for later use ( let cool, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap).

To reheat, warm in an oven, toaster oven or on the grill. ( Great for making ahead)

Serve on toasted buns, with chipotle mayo, Mexican slaw or Curtido and avocado if you like, or over a bed of dressed greens and/ and grains with fresh veggies!


VEGAN: Instead of the egg, replace with 3 tablespoons ground flax seed. Do not add the bread crumbs. let stand 15 mins so flax is fully hydrated.

GF: Instead of the bread crumbs- feel free to sub cooked brown rice or cooked quinoa or do the flax version.

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