A few years ago, if you had asked me to try a vegan black bean burger I would have probably given you a major side eye. I enjoyed black beans, but I wasn’t sure if I liked them enough to consider them as a possible meat substitute. But, after going vegan, I was on the search for some new meals to try and the vegan black bean burgers became an option.
Before you even think about making these burgers, I need you to consider investing in this wonderful product: San Marcos Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. No…this isn’t a sponsored post! When I first began making the burgers, I recall making my vegan chili a few years ago and using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to add a smoky, rich flavor to the pot. It. Was. Life. Changing. I figured I’d used those peppers to complement the black bean patties, and that too blew my mind. If you’ve never tried chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to cook with your beans, you are missing out! And I suggest you try them now. Thank me later. Also, they are hot….especially if you overdo it, so just be careful and use only what you can handle. Then, it’s safe to freeze the rest.
If you know me, you know I enjoy sautéing my vegetables. They help to boost flavor and provide complementary moisture to the patties. I notice many recipes use raw veggies to make their patties, and while that might be someone’s style, it isn’t mine in these patties. I cooked onions and garlic, added some chipotle sauce with a minced adobe pepper in the mix, and that resulted in bold, fragrant and flavorful goodness.
Then I added all the ingredients for the patties to a bowl, and mashed everything up…
Next, I added oat flour to the mix and incorporate it all together. You can also use vegan Panko bread crumbs. Though I make my patties gluten-free.
Then, I refrigerate until the mixture is firm to my liking (usually for a day), and start shaping the patties. Lastly, I place the patties on a lined baking sheet to bake…
…and all done! I mean, look at these patties…they’re beautiful. And practically calling my (and your) name, too.
Sometimes, I’ll enjoy the patties with sweet potatoes and broccoli. I also eat them alone if I’m not up for making a burger. The options are endless! The vegan black bean burger patties are full of fiber and protein, gluten-free, made with whole ingredients, and are extremely easy to make. You can also adjust the spiciness of the chipotle peppers in the patties accordingly. I am Nigerian, so spiciness is not really a problem for me.
Topping suggestions for a black bean burger:
You can include sliced avocado or guac, tomatoes, red onions or sauteed yellow onions, kale, pickles, relish… to name a few. You could also make your sauces to add, like a chipotle mayo sauce (see what I did there?), ketchup, and so much more.
Vegan Chipotle Black Bean Burger
- 2 cans of black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 can of San Marcos Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup canned sweet corn organic if possible, rinsed and drained
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet. Once hot, add chopped onions and 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce (you can throw in a pepper if you'd like). Cook until onions are translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Then, add minced garlic and cook on low heat for 2 minutes. Remove heat.
Add beans, corn, spices, onions and garlic mixture, and salt and pepper to a bowl. Season to taste. Then, combine contents and roughly mash with potato masher or fork. Add oat flour and incorporate.
Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refridgerate mixture for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. The longer, the more firm the mixture.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape burger mixture into 4-6 patties and place on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping once so that both sides of patties have browned. Alternatively, you can heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and cook patties for 5-6 minutes, flipping once. Enjoy!
To make oat flour:
Add quick or old-fashioned oats to a blender or food processor. Pulse the oats until they turn into a fine powder.
On the chipotle peppers:
You can add more adobo sauce and/or chipotle peppers to the black bean mixture if you'd like, adjust to your taste. You can also reduce how much adobo is used when cooking the onions and garlic.