You never need another plant-based burger recipe. This is it. The BEST veggie burgers. If you make one plant-based burger, it has to be this one. These awesome black bean burgers are super easy-to-form, have a delicious savory flavor and hearty texture. They’re grillable, too!

This vegan recipe is for a plant-based burger with a Mexican twist! The black bean patty is made with delicious southwestern ingredients, like corn, red onion and a  chipotle pepper. Top it off with guacamole, salsa and all your other favorite burger fixins to create the best plant-based burgers.

two of the best plant based burgers topped with guacamole, tomato and lettuce

My whole family is crazy about these plant-based burgers. When I grilled these up for the fam last weekend, they gobbled them up and loved them. My husband even proclaimed them to be “the best veggie burgers I’ve ever eaten”. I’m not usually one to title recipes as “Best” or “Epic”, but after my family’s response, I just couldn’t resist.

You’ll never miss the meat with these bold and flavorful Mexican-inspired black bean burgers!

How Do You Make The Best Plant-Based Burgers?

Start the Mexican veggie burgers by gathering the ingredients:

  • Canned black beans
  • Red onion
  • Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (available in the ethnic foods aisle!)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Cumin + salt
  • Canned corn (or fresh or frozen)
  • Salsa or tomato sauce
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Ground flax (or egg)

To keep these veggie burgers vegan, use a flax egg. Combine 1 tablespoon ground flax and 3 tablespoons water. Let this mixture sit for five minutes.

Add one can of beans, onion, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, garlic, cumin and salt to a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.

black beans and other veggie burger ingredients in a food processor

Transfer the mixture in the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the other can of black beans, salsa (or tomato sauce), breadcrumbs, flax/water mixture and corn. Stir well until everything is combined.

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 8-12 minutes per side, until crispy and golden brown. The amount of cooking time will depend on your preference for crispiness on the outside of the burger.

Serve patties on buns or in a salad or tortilla and topped with any favorite burger toppings, such as guacamole or avocado slices, lettuce, sliced red onion, salsa, ketchup, mustard and/or mayo.

mixing black bean burger ingredients in a large white mixing bowl

Tips For Veggie Burgers

  • Make thick patties. If your patties are too thin, they may fall apart during cooking, so try to form patties that are about 1-inch thick. This recipe will make 6 nice and thick patties.
  • Your black bean mixture can be prepared up to 24 hours before you plan to cook it.
  • Make these veggie burgers gluten free by using certified gluten free breadcrumbs. I like Panko breadcrumbs for this recipe, but any type of breadcrumbs will work.
  • You can melt sliced cheese on top of the burgers during the last 5 minutes of the cooking process.
black bean burgers with corn formed into patties on parchment paper

Burger Serving Suggestions

Load these burgers up however you like – I like mine with avocado, red onion, tomato, lettuce, pepper jack cheese and mayo. The kids enjoyed there’s with ketchup and mustard. The options are pretty much endless!

As far as sides go, these are wonderful alongside potato chips, corn on the cob, broccoli salad, or crispy sweet potato fries .

More Vegetarian Recipes:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos

Best Ever Vegan Quinoa Chili

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black bean veggie burger topped with lettuce, tomato, guacamole and salsa
two of the best plant-based burgers topped with guacamole, tomato and lettuce
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Nutrition Facts
Best Plant-Based Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger patty)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.9g3%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 316.2mg14%
Potassium 158.7mg5%
Carbohydrates 19.7g7%
Fiber 5.5g23%
Sugar 2.2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:6 patties
Best Plant-Based Burgers
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
 

These awesome black bean burgers are super easy-to-form, have a delicious savory flavor and hearty texture. They're grillable, too!

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
  • 2 cans black beans, divided, drained and rinsed*
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce * NOT the entire can (plus 2-3 teaspoons adobo sauce)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce (or salsa)
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
  • avocado for topping
  • Cooking spray or olive oil, or canola oil for frying patties
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for five minutes.
  2. Add one can of beans, onion, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, garlic, cumin and salt to a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.
  3. Transfer the mixture in the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the remaining black beans, tomato sauce, breadcrumbs, flax and corn. Stir well until everything is combined.
  4. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 8-12 minutes per side, until crispy and golden brown. The amount of cooking time will depend on your preference for crispiness on the outside of the burger.

  5. Serve patties on buns or in a salad or tortilla and topped with any favorite burger toppings, such as guacamole or avocado slices, lettuce, sliced red onion, salsa, ketchup, mustard and/or mayo.

Recipe Notes

*Most any type of bean will work in place of the black beans.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash the black beans with a potato masher (or fork) and mince the onion, chipotle pepper and garlic.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: plant-based burgers, vegetarian burger, veggie burgers

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