Black Bean Patties; Step-by-Step

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This recipe is based off of the Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Burger recipe, but I have modified it a bit.  In this house, Tom doesn’t prefer when I call something by a name that it isn’t and I don’t blame him.  I can’t stand when someone says pizza, and then in small print they mention that it’s a cauliflower crust or some other nonsense.

For instance, there is no such thing as ‘veggie lasagna’.  He doesn’t prefer the word lasagna be used when meat is not involved.  For this same reason I sometimes make Sloppy Janes, instead of Sloppy Joes.  Sloppy Janes are made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.

I do not call these black bean burgers because they in fact have no hamburger in them, but they really are delicious in their own way.  Just trust me.  Give them a fair try.


1. Open your can of black beans and drain them, but do not rinse.  Don’t be too lazy to get out the colander like I was.

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2. Use a fork to mash up the beans.  It’s ok to leave a few  bigger and whole pieces though.

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3. Throw in the bread crumbs & mix it up.

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4. Peel an onion and grate some of it up, then throw it in.

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5. Add in an egg, chili powder, and salt and pepper.

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6. Don’t forget the hot sauce! I used sriracha.  Now mix it all up and let it sit for 5 minutes.

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7.  Form the mixture into three thick patties.  These do not shrink in size while cooking so keep that in mind.

8.  Heat up some olive oil over medium heat in the pan.  Then throw in your patties.  Cook for 5 minutes, then flip.

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9. Cook for another 3 or 4 minutes, then throw on a slice of cheese.  You can put a lid on the pan to help it melt faster.

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10. Plate it up!  This is where it gets delicious.  When I’m cutting back on calories I put it on a bed of lettuce and top it with tomato, pickle, mustard, and a little sriracha ketchup, but it’s also delicious on a toasted bun!  Serve it with a cucumber, tomato, avocado, and olive salad with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

It’s not beef, but it is delicious!



1 can black beans

1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1/8 cup grated white onions

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

salt and pepper

hot sauce

sliced cheese- whichever you prefer

olive oil for frying

buns, if you love buns

other condiments


  1. Open can of black beans and drain, but do not rinse.  Use a fork to mash them up in a bowl.  Add grated onion, breadcrumbs, egg, chili powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce.  Mix it all up. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium in a pan.  Form three thick patties out of this mixture.  Keep in mind that they will not shrink during cooking.  Place them in the pan and cook over medium for 5 minutes.  Flip, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  Melt a piece of cheese on top.
  3. Dress it up however you prefer and enjoy!




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