Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This recipe is a black bean patty that can stand on its own - not a "burger" type recipe. I pan fry them, but I have a friend that is a die-hard deep fryer, and she prefers them that way.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 12 cup vegetable oil, for pan frying
  • 12 cup cornmeal
  • 14 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 12-1 cup cheese (cheddar, colby jack, whatever you like... I use cheddar)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons milk (more or less for moisture)
  • salt, pepper, sugar to taste
  • 12 teaspoon cumin
  • 12 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped (or 1tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 12 tablespoons taco seasoning


  1. Rinse and drain beans.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Stir in egg white, and add milk slowly until a sticky, spreadable paste forms. NOT runny, but not a solid blob.
  3. Add beans, and mix well. I do not mash ALL of the beans. The texture of a few whole beans is nice. However, I do stir the mixture vigorously to break up and mash about 1/3 of the beans.
  4. Add cheese and stir. If the mixture seems too dry, add milk.
  5. Form into patties of the desired size, and pan fry for a couple of minutes on each side.
  6. Serve with sour cream, cheese, salsa, guacamole, etc.
  7. Yummy!