Chris' New Black Bean & Rice Burgers

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

Tasty and extremly healthy bean burgers that combine the rich flavor of kidney beans with the meaty texture of black beans. Brown rice in the recipe is not only a healthy addition, but makes these firm and hearty patties. A PERFECT meat substitute- you wont notice the difference!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor, blend black beans and kidney beans to a fine mash. It is alright if some bean chunks still remain solid.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add to bean mash any desired spices. I strongly reccomend liberal amounts of chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder. You might also add an adobo seasoning.
  3. Should you desire, you might add any kind of chopped or shredded vegetables at this point. From experience, I find salsa is a nice addition.
  4. Mix in 1.5 cups of cooked brown rice into bean mash and stir till even consistancy. Gradually fold in entire package bread crumbs- bean mash will visibly thicken, it is advisable to use your hands at this point.
  5. Grab small palmfulls of bean mix and flatten into burger sized patties. I generally find I make about 28 patties in one go- this is variable as yours may be smaller or larger.
  6. I freeze patties for weeks (months) at a time in an air-tight container or freezer bag.
  7. To cook- either bake in a toaster oven until exterior is crusty and crispy, or pan fry with a small amount of oil or cooking spray. These are very firm burgers and will hold up extremly well- better than any other bean burger ive seen!
  8. Dress your burgers with any number or great things- BBQ suace is a particular favorite.
  9. Also try crumbling cooked burgers and using the 'meat' as taco filling- tastes delicious especially with taco sauce.
Most Helpful

I added 2 Tbsp of ground flax seeds, mixed with 4 Tbsp of water (set in the fridge for 15 min before use) to act as 2 eggs, for binding. <br/>Also, I only had half of a 15 oz package of breadcrumbs, so I threw some slices of bread in the oven to make more.<br/>I used the suggestion for the salsa, great idea. <br/>Mushing and mixing with hands is a must, I think.

Alan J. August 06, 2014

Okay, this is fantastic! I had to add some egg white because it was too dry but everyone devoured them, even my son who refuses to eat beans!!

Cool-Chef October 13, 2009

I thought this was very tasty. However, I changed the the recipe up some. I converted the recipe to 2 servings. Instead of red and black beans I just used 2 cans of organic black beans and left out the bread crumbs (because I didn't have any). I also used a half cup of brown rice and seasoned with only onion salt and garlic powder to taste. I opted to fry due to time constraints. Before doing so I let the patties sit for a while to cool and harden before frying. I served them on toasted honey wheat bread with spicy mustard, diced purple onion, and organic nappa cabbage.

Stiprulz March 01, 2009