Black Bean burger with lettuce, tomato, and avocado cream sauce.

Spicy Black Bean Burger

This Spicy Black Bean Burger is the perfect burger for anyone whether it is meatless Monday or not. It’s packed full of a flavor, and with the seasonings, it really can’t be beaten. Add on a dollop of my homemade avocado cream sauce to brighten up the burger and you’re all set.

Black Bean burger with lettuce, tomato, and avocado cream sauce.

I was that guy who was all about my meat and potatoes. But once I tried my hand at recipes such as this bean burger, my eyes are opened. Just because it’s meatless doesn’t mean it lacks flavor — and I wanted to bring that point to the forefront. These burgers are meaty minus the beef and still satisfy.

Not only is my bean burger full of deliciousness, but it’s also paired with an avocado cream sauce that brings everything together. Black beans are a great alternative when you want to switch out your beef patty with the ultimate veggie burger recipe.

Did you know? Black beans lower blood pressure and manage diabetes all while being packed with fiber and protein.

Black bean burger with avocado and other condiments in the background

Although not traditional in terms of Santa Fe and Southwest cooking, I did borrow a little inspiration from those recipes I love. Southwestern cooking has a vibrant heritage that blends Native, Hispano, and Anglo to create some of the best and intensely spiced dishes.

Giving homage to New Mexican spices, herbs, and flavors, I wanted to recreate my experiences with this food and place it smack dab in a southwest black bean burger recipe. Along with chilies, black beans have been a staple in this cuisine for years.

How to make a black bean burger:

This recipe begins with the black beans. I used canned black beans, so I drained the liquid, added them to a large bowl, and allowed them to sit for 15 minutes. “Airing them out” dries them and makes the process easier in the next steps.

Draining canned black beans

You will then smash the beans with a potato masher (paid link) (or a large fork) until the texture is smooth, but be sure to not over smash. Minimizing the mashing helps with the overall texture of this burger. You still want to see those tiny pieces of bean throughout the burger patty.

Smashing to black beans

Cut your red pepper into large chunks and be sure to remove the seeds. Remove the outside skin of your onion and cut it into large pieces as well. For the fresh cilantro pull a half cup of leaves from the bushel.

Fresh red bell peppers, yellow onion, and cilantro

Add all three ingredients into your food processor (paid link) and blend well. Once blended, add to your mashed beans.

Adding chopped red bell peppers, onion, and cilantro to the smashed black beans.

Add the remaining burger seasonings to the same bowl and mix everything together. You’ll then place your bean mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before building your patties. This process will make it easier to form your bean burger and allows them to keep their shape while cooking.

Once chilled, form your bean patties. I like my patties around 2 inches thick, but this is really a preference. If you make them thinner, decrease the cooking time in 1-minute increments. Note: When making your patties, be sure to size them according to your bun as these will not shrink while cooking.

Formed ban burger patties

In a non-stick buttered skillet, cook at medium to high heat for 5 minutes on each side. Top your burger off with a provolone cheese slice once you flip it over and allow the cheese to melt.

For the avocado sauce, remove the seed and skin from the avocado and smash into a bowl. Add all avocado sauce ingredients into the same bowl and mix until smooth.

Build your burger by placing the avocado sauce on your burger buns and adding tomato and lettuce, if desired.

Making the avocado cream sauce

If you’re a health-conscious burger lover this burger will fit your lifestyle perfectly. Give your normal beef burger routine a change-up and go for this Spicy Black Bean Burger in its place!

Black bean burger with side of avocado cream sauce

Here are a few more non-beef burgers and sandwiches you might enjoy:

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Black bean burger with avocado and other condiments in the background

Spicy Black Bean Burger

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


This Spicy Black Bean Burger is perfect for meatless meals. Full of flavor and topped with a homemade avocado cream sauce, it’s hard to beat.


  • 15 oz. Black Beans
  • 2 Whole Burger Buns
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Large Organic Egg
  • 2 Provolone Cheese Slices

Burger Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Dash Ground Cayenne Red Pepper

Avocado Sauce:

  • 1 Medium Avocado
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp. Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan Salt


  1. Drain canned black beans and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Add black beans to a large bowl and mash using a fork or potato masher (paid link). Set to the side.
  2. Cut your onion and red bell pepper into large pieces half and add to food processor (paid link) blending to a fine chop. Drain any excess liquid and add to the same bowl as the beans. 
  3. Add remaining burger ingredients and seasonings, mix, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  4. Form bean mixture into patties and cook at medium to high heat for 5 minutes per side adding a cheese slice once flipped. 
  5. For the avocado sauce, remove the seed and skin from the avocado. Blend with avocado sauce ingredients.
  6. Build your burger by adding lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado sauce.


The egg acts as a binder and provides moisture, but for a vegetarian option, you can create this burger without it. However, I have not tested this method and cannot guarantee the results.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Southwest


  • Calories: 674
  • Sugar: 7.4g
  • Sodium: 511mg
  • Fat: 22.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 91g
  • Fiber: 21.8g
  • Protein: 32.1g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg

Keywords: Spicy Black Bean Burger, Black Bean Burger, Spicy Bean Burger, Bean Burger

Show Comments (5)
  1. Great taste, loved these! I did make four patties out of the burger ingredients & seasoning though.

    One question Eric: I did a lot of draining, both for the beans and the bell pepper / Onion mix and I am happy with how the patties kept their shape and how I browned them from both sides, but wondering whether you have any trick to get them extra crunchy.

    Thanks again for great reciped and greetings from Munich, Germany

  2. These were so delicious. My vegetarian daughter loved them, and so did the three carnivores in my family. Great flavor and texture. Unlike so many other veggie burgers, these were not dry at all. Great texture.

    1. Thanks for this great feedback, Maggie! We think they are pretty great ourselves and we’re so happy to hear you and your family felt the same!

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