Super Food Black Bean Vegan Burger

My hippie alter ego is back and flipping a killer vegan burger. Put a flower in your hair and lace up (er, slip on?) your Birkenstocks, because things are about to get groovy. These patties of smoky satisfaction are loaded with super-food ingredients, come together in a single bowl, pack a whopping 12 grams of protein, and won rave reviews from a table of carnivores.

High protein, fiber, Omega-3s, and DELICIOUS! Try these Smoky Black Bean Vegan Burgers tonight for dinner. They’re packed with super foods, easy to freeze, and even my picky toddler loved them! @wellplated

I took ingredients whose names you’ve heard, whose packages you’ve likely breezed by in your grocery store (maybe without knowing what to do with them), and whose reputation you might deem a little hippie and combined them to create a black bean vegan burger recipe so flavorful and filling, my self-professed-vegan-skeptic, steak-loving sister approved. My bacon-makes-it-better husband approved too. Even Ben’s picky 10-year-old “little” from Big Brothers Big Sisters approved—he inhaled one of these black bean burgers at 10 a.m. after a full serving of waffles, then asked to take another burger home.

Let’s take a moment to recap what makes these Super Food Vegan Burgers so super.

  • Ground Flaxseed Meal: Rich in immune and brain-boosting omega-3s, antioxidants, and fiber.
  • Rolled Oats: High in fiber and shown to help lower bad cholesterol.
  • Black Beans: An excellent source of fiber, protein, and minerals.
  • Almonds: Heart healthy fats, zero cholesterol.
  • Pepitas: a.k.a. pumpkin seeds. Packed with nutrients, including magnesium and zinc.
  • Red Bell Peppers: More than your daily quota of vitamins C and A.
  • Avocado: Not in the vegan burger patties, but they make an ultra yummy topping and provide bonus healthy fats.

And the super-est ingredient of them all: Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Seed.

These Super Food Vegan Burgers are PACKED with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. So easy to make, freezer friendly, and even my picky toddler loved them! @wellplated

What Sets This Super Food Black Bean Vegan Burger Apart

Although I’m a long-time fan of well-made veggie burgers for their simple ingredients and health benefits, I have do have one major, er, beef with standard veggie burger recipes: most don’t contain enough tummy-satisfying protein to keep me full for more than an hour or so.

Not so when those burgers contain hemp seed! Just three tablespoons of these cute little green seeds contain a whopping 10 grams of complete protein. They are loaded with omega-3s and omega-6s, which benefit heart health, reduce inflammation, and support the immune system too. Hemp seeds are also low carb, making them a good choice for those following a paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious. Hello, SUPER FOOD.

I can feel the good vibes emitting from my food processor.

This is the ULTIMATE Black Bean Vegan Burger recipe. Smokey, garlicky, and they don’t fall apart. Even my picky kids loved them! @wellplated

I’ve started seeing hemp seeds at local grocery stores, and you can also find them on Amazon or in the Bob’s Red Mill online store. In addition to being an excellent way to beef up your veggie burgers, their pleasant, nutty flavor makes them tasty sprinkled on toast and mixed into salads and smoothies. I’ve also been eyeing these Super Seedy Granola Bars from Minimalist Baker, which have many of the same stellar ingredients as today’s vegan burgers, including hemp seeds.

This black bean vegan burger recipe comes together in one bowl, is packed with sassy spices, and freezes beautifully. I stashed an entire batch of the patties in my freezer and have loved having them on hand whenever I need a quick, healthy lunch or dinner.

Packed with protein, fiber, omega-3s, and YUMMY. This is the BEST Black Bean Burger Recipe. Vegan, gluten free, and even my meat-loving husband approved! @wellplated

One patty, so much power!

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High protein, fiber, Omega-3s, and DELICIOUS! Try these Smoky Black Bean Vegan Burgers tonight for dinner. They’re packed with super foods, easy to freeze, and even my picky toddler loved them! @wellplated
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Super Food Black Bean Vegan Burgers

Yield: 6 -8 burgers, depending upon size
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
High protein, fiber, Omega-3s, and delicious. These Smoky Black Bean Vegan Burgers are easy to make, freeze well, and even picky eaters love them!

Ingredients

For the burgers:

Toppings Ideas:

  • Sliced tomatoes, — avocado, arugula, sliced red onions, avocado, plain yogurt (dairy-free if needed), mustard

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  2. Place the red pepper and onion in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until minced. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  3. To the food processor, add the almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed meal, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Blend until it has combined into a coarse grainy mixture. Scrape into the mixing bowl with the onion and red pepper.
  4. Place the black beans, oats, and 2 tablespoons water in the food processor and puree until the beans are mostly smooth with a few small pieces remaining. Transfer to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Scoop the burger mixture in 1/3 cup portions into your hands. Shape into palm-sized patties that are about 1 inch thick. Arrange on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake 5-10 additional minutes, until heated through and the outsides are lightly crisp. Serve on buns with any desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Leftover baked burgers can be stored in the refrigerator for five days. Reheat gently in the microwave. Individually wrapped unbaked patties can be refrigerated for 2 days or frozen for 2 months.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Veggie Burger Recipe, Super Food Black Bean Vegan Burgers, Vegan Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 7), without bun or toppings) — Calories: 200, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 230mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 9g, Protein: 10g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

81 comments

  1. I usually eat breakfast at home. however I do not like to eat soup or other dishes. I love to eat HamBurgers in the morning. Your recipes are great. So fast, So attractive . I will try to make Vegan Burgers tomorrow morning. yum ~!

  2. Looks amazing Erin!! These are perfect for the spring season and would pair wonderfully with sweet potato fries! :)

  3. Awesome video, Erin! How do you recommend cooking the unbaked, frozen patties? Do you thaw first or bake longer? Thank you for this recipe! 

    • Great question Amy! I let mine thaw first (you can put them in the refrigerator overnight or set one out at room temperature for quicker thawing) then baked. Thanks so much for your kind words about the video. Hope you love the recipe too!

  4. I LOVE this recipe, Erin. It looks very delicious and healthy too. And the video are awesome! It is very well done ;-)

  5. These burgers look STACKED! I love the avo and that these are so healthy and vegan :)

  6. I love how healthy these are, and they sound delicious!

  7. These burgers look AMAZING, I can’t believe they’re vegan! I’ve got to try these soon. Perfect for meatless Monday :D

  8. These look and sound amazing! I need to set aside time to make a double batch to freeze so Matt and I have awesome quick meals to choose from. :) Aldi has some great vegetable burgers, in my opinion, with real ingredients. However, they are not gf. These will be perfect!

  9. Do you need the oats? Can I go without?

  10. We’ve never made black bean burgers at home, but your video makes it look so easy! Thanks for sharing

  11. I just added mayonnaise in between two burgers and topped with violet cabbage and black olives grated ..Yummy…. Sprinkling spring onions will sounds better

    Anyways sounds Nice:)

  12. Love the nutrition and variety of ingredients in these! The pumpkin seeds, hemp, oats and almond?! Killing it.

  13. I’m totally hungry for these RIGHT NOW. I love a good veggie burger, so much goodness in yours! Great video girl!

  14. These sound absolutely incredible! I’m always looking for a good veggie burger, especially in the summer! Pinned!

  15. cake :3 I love to eat cake. >..< I always look for recipes for cakes. So great that you shared this recipe today. thank you very much.cravings! :))

  16. Hi Julie! I calced the recipe as listed with My Fitness Pal——it’s not set in stone but is meant to be a guide, since different brands of ingredients can vary (and most of My Fitness Pal is user-submitted info, vs. nutritionist verified). The carbs I calced are about 20/burger also. As far as the other numbers, I recommend you use whichever calculations you are most comfortable with.

  17. Looks amazing! The video made it easy for me. Will try it this weekend.

  18. Erin, 

    These wee absolutely perfect! I made them last night. Easy peasy and so tasty! My family scarfed them down!

    Shawn 

  19. Yay what a great vegan burger. I’m always on the hunt for new vegan recipes. Thanks for sharing. Also the photos are amazing. Really well put together.

  20. Awesome Recipe, always love to eat cake and burger. In fact even i don’t care for my diet if someone offer me one. Thank you for sharing new recipe, will try this too. :)

  21. These look delicious. Do you think I could use more flaxseed meal or chia seeds instead of the hemp hearts? I’m allergic to those.

    • Hi Aimee! I can’t say for certain since I’ve never made the recipe this way, but if it were me making these, I would suggesting swapping the 1/4 cup hemp hearts for an additional 2 tablespoons almonds and 2 tablespoons pepitas. Chia seeds would not be a good substitute, since they are firmer and do not blend in a food processor the way hemp hearts too.

  22. I just made these for myself (vegan), my newly vegan teenage son and my carnivore husband.  My son had 3 and my husband rated them a 9 out of 10.  Delicious, quick and easy!!!  Highly recommend!!!!

    • Cherianne, this makes me SO HAPPY!!! There’s nothing better than a recipe that a whole family can love, especially when those family members have different dietary needs. Thanks for trying the recipe and sharing this wonderful review!

  23. My wife has just made vegan burger using your recipe, it was too yumm..loved it. thank you so much for this.

  24. This looks awesome! do you think it would be possible to cook them on a pan or grill? 

    • Hi Josh, I think a pan over low heat would be okay, though I’ve never tried it, so it would be an experiment. Use your best judgement, and I’d love to hear how it comes out!

  25. I Love ? this recipe, I am going to make vegan burger for my beloved son he is 6 years, I am sure he will love your recipe. Also, your burger picture is awesome.

  26. The pictures of the vegan burgers are so appealing. I have never tried any vegan burger yet in my life. But i think i will now. Thanks for the recipe.

  27. Looks amazing! Feeling totally hungry for these. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Made these tonight and I loved them! Even my husband ate them. I mean, sure, he’d rather a meat burger, but he ate them anyway. Also I didn’t have black beans so I had to use kidney beans and they were just fine. Now I can put the cooked ones in the freezer to pull out for lunches. Next time maybe I’ll add a bit of liquid smoke or bbq sauce for him.

    • I am SO EXCITED to hear that Sue! I love it when meat lovers enjoy a good veggie burger. The idea of liquid smoke is really intriguing, and it’s helpful to know that kidney beans work well also. I might have to try that myself next time. Thanks for sharing!

  29. I really like burger and cake. This recipe looks super and I can; wait to try it out!

    Keep it up, girl!

  30. Do you think I could use more flaxseed meal or chia seeds instead of the hemp hearts?

    • Hi! I would actually recommend using additional nuts instead. You could also experiment with adding a few additional tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal if you like!

  31. I love these burgers!! I have made these serval times now and I make sure to have a frozen stash in the freezer ;-)

  32. I don’t care for my diet if someone offer me one. Will be having this burger soon. Wow..mount watering.

  33. One of the best burger i recently tried. Thanks for this vegan burger, loved it.

  34. Can I make this with ground almonds?
    If so how much?

    • Hi Hannah! I haven’t tried the recipe this way, but I think that would work! I’d use the same 1/2 cup. I hope you love the burgers!

  35. I LOVE this recipe, Erin. It looks very delicious and healthy too. :) Thank you for this awesome recipe, will bake this burger for my kids.

  36. Veyr nice recipe. looking forward to try this on weekend. (hope its safe for kids below 1o)

  37. Love, love, love this recipe. They tasted so good! I baked mine a tad longer than the directions stated so they would firm up a bit more. It took all my strength to not want to eat all the patties I made. 

  38. This is seriously the best vegan burger recipe I’ve found so far! Seriously delicious. I didn’t have a fresh red pepper so I used a roasted red pepper and reduced the water. Also baked it a little longer to kind of crisp it to hold up under the mayo and avocado I topped it with. So yummy! This is my new “go to” recipe for my non-vegan friends. Thank you so much! 

  39. Having been vegan for a little over a year, this is hands down one of the best and freshest tasting burger recipes I have tried yet. Made recipe as is.
    The mixture was initially wet but cooked out just fine.

    Being from Texas, I will probably add a jalapeno or green hatch chili and try to cook on the grill the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Thanks! I really love this tasty recipe! Yummy! I will Surely try on this Saturday!

  41. Just curious about the protein content of patty? The nutritional information at the end of the recipe doesn’t list the protein content?

  42. Yumm.. This burger probably can beat all the non veg burgers out there. I would like to try this at home. Thank you so much for this. I will try and get back with the output I am going to get. Lol

  43. These veggie burgers are amazing!!! I make 2 batches a week! The only thing I did differently was sub 1 small cooked sweet potato for the oats. I like a meatier burger so I make 4 patties per batch and make them bigger. The flavor is outstanding and the texture is so similar to a real burger (I am a meat lover). These are by far better than any boxed veggie burger I’ve tried. Thank you for sharing!

  44. Hey Erin,
    These really were the best! I put my black bean burger mixture in a Vitamix before cooking in a frying pan, and it was perfect. This one’s definitely going in the recipe box!

  45. Not all vegan burger recipes are made equal. It often misses a little something, whether about spicing or texture. Yours  is so tasty, simple, perfect. Huge thanks from Montreal. I just hope you’ll make a vegan hotdog or sausage that good. Best regards 🌷

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