Recipe of the Week: Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Recipe of the Week

From the taste kitchen of Dr. Sarah Laginess and Family

Spicy Black Bean Burgers




  1. 1/3 cup water (or 1/2 tablespoon olive oil)
  2. 1/3 red onion, diced small
  3. 1/2 jalapeño, diced small (optional; use more or less, to taste)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  5. 1/2 cups oats (ground into a flour, any kind of oats works)
  6. 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (use gluten free if necessary)
  7. 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  8. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  13. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  14. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  15. 1 medium-sized carrot
  16. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  17. 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  18. 1/2 cup corn
  19. burger buns (optional)


  1. lettuce, avocado, tomato, ketchup, mustard, kraut, vegan chipotle mayo, etc.



  1. On the stovetop, heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add the water (or oil if not oil-free) and sauté the onion, jalapeño and garlic until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, blend up the oats to make a flour. Add in the breadcrumbs, ground flax, nutritional yeast, cumin, sea salt, chili powder, paprika and black pepper. Blend until well combined and transfer this dry mixture to a large bowl.
  3. Into the food processor, add the red bell pepper, carrot and cilantro. Blend/pulse until finely shredded (don’t overdo it or the veggies will get too watery). Transfer to the large bowl with the dry mixture.
  4. Into the food processor add the black beans and blend until mashed, with a few black beans still in tact, for texture. Transfer to the large bowl. Add in the corn and the sautéed onion mixture.
  5. Mix together with your hands. It is the best way! Then form into 5 patties. Lay them flat on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. This step is crucial!
  7. Remove from refrigerator and heat up the same pan on medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray and cook each patty until golden/browned, about 4 minutes on each side.
  8. Serve on a bun or over a salad with all the toppings!




Mine didn’t hold together very well so I ended up adding in 2 eggs before making them into patties.