Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

A tasty black bean burger with onion, BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese. These great-tasting burgers don’t demand a mind-numbing list of unusual ingredients. You can easily double the recipe and freeze some for another night. From Today's Parent Magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain beans, then rinse with cold water. Drain well, then pat dry with paper towels. Place in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add onion, garlic, egg, 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, oil, salt and pepper. Pulse just until beans are about the size of peas. Don’t purée. Turn into a large bowl.
  2. 2. Stir in flour with a spatula until evenly mixed. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. (Only store-bought bread crumbs or crackers ground in a processor until very fine will work.) Stir inches Mixture will be very thick. Scatter with cheese and work in with your hands. Divide mixture into 6 portions. Using well-floured hands, shape into burgers, about 1/2 in (1 cm) thick. If making ahead, refrigerate in a sealed container up to 1 day or freeze.
  3. 3. Cook burgers in a well-oiled frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until browned on the bottom. Turn over and spoon the remaining barbecue sauce on top. Cover and continue cooking until heated through, about 5 minutes more.
Most Helpful

I can't believe these haven't been reviewed yet! This is it, folks...the holy grail of veggie burger recipes that have tons of flavor AND stay together in patty form. I would give this twenty stars if I could! I have made them twice now, once as written and once replacing the bbq sauce with Frank's Red Hot. I forgot to add the oil the second time and they still worked out just fine.Both were great and *very* well received by dinner guests. I can't see myself buying another overpriced box of black bean burgers! If you are reading this, stop reading and just go make some burgers :). Thanks, FrVanilla!!

smellyvegetarian April 21, 2012

This recipe turned out really well. I had almost given up finding a MIY burger :) One caveat though, Worcestershire Sauce usually contains anchovies. Not a big problem unless you don't know and you serve it to a vegetarian. Steak sauces can be used in place of it, just be sure to check ingredients. Works well with wheat flour and I don't add the cheese or the oil to the recipe. I just use oil on the pan and top with a slice of (tillamook!) cheese

alaskanmom February 17, 2014

This really is a very good burger. Easy to work with and has a great taste and texture. I accentially omitted the cheddar cheese, but can easily fix this when reheating the rest by adding a slice of cheese on top. My beans came in a smaller can, so I used two cans and increased the other ingredients by one half, which means more burgers for us!! Thanks for sharing!!

CaliforniaJan February 12, 2013