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chipotle black bean burger on a plate. Burger is topped with vegan coleslaw

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

This Chipotle Black Bean Burger recipe is a scrumptious and satisfying plant-based alternative to traditional beef burgers. Packed with protein, fiber, and a smoky kick of chipotle flavor, these homemade burgers will become a family favorite.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 burgers 1x


Units Scale
  • 3 cups black beans (2 15 ounces cans, drained and rinsed; divided)
  • 2 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped )
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped )
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (add a tsp or two of the sauce from the can if you want it spicier.)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (for cooking)


  1. In a food processor, combine half of the black beans with all of the ingredients. Pulse until crumbly, careful not to over-mix until smooth.
  2. Place mixture into a bowl. Add the remaining whole black beans to the bowl and mix.
  3. Mix all the ingredients until well combined. The mixture should be slightly sticky and hold its shape when formed into patties.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions (about 150-160 grams or the size of a tennis ball) and shape them into burger patties, about ½ to ¾ inch thick.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the black bean patties to the skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side until they develop a golden-brown crust.
  6. Remove the black bean burgers from the skillet and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil if necessary.
  7. Serve the black bean burgers on your favorite buns with toppings like lettuce, tomato, avocado, sliced red onion, and a dollop of chipotle pepper sauce or guacamole. See the post for ideas.


Nutritional information is only an estimate.

If you want more significant pieces of corn in the burger, leave it out of the food processor and incorporate it into the mixture when you add the whole beans.

Ensure you mince the garlic and finely chop the onions before adding them to the food processor. This way, the small pieces will allow you to pulse the mixture only a few times without turning everything into a smooth blend.

Ensure the pan is hot before placing the burgers for a nice and crisp exterior.

These burgers will crisp up nicely with a cast iron pan.

Recipe time assumes the brown rice is already prepared.

See storage instructions in the post.

  • Author: Regi Pearce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 328
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 296
  • Fat: 4
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 62
  • Fiber: 9
  • Protein: 11
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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