I have a handful of friends who are vegetarian and/or vegan. I am neither. I mostly just eat what feels good to me. Sometimes that includes meat, sometimes it’s gluten free, sometimes it’s a cupcake, other times it’s a carrot, often times it’s beans. I stopped putting rules around my daily diet a year or so ago when I finally understood that my body was constantly changing, therefore its needs were constantly changing…so why should I put myself in a little diet box if my body preferred to live outside that box? You get what I’m saying? Anywho, I was recently hanging out with a vegan friend and had a plant based vegan burger. Then a couple weeks later I hung out with a vegetarian friend and had a black bean burger. I much preferred the black bean burger. Actually, I LOVED the black bean burger, which made me interested in making my own. And here we are. Great story, huh?

PaleOMG Black Bean Burgers

PaleOMG Black Bean Burgers

This black bean burger is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and filled with flavor. I topped mine with a vegan cheese because I prefer to stay away from daily most of the time, then add delicious chipotle mayo and sautéed red onions. I HATE raw onions on a burger. I think it overpowers the burger and then all you can taste is onion. But if you’re a satanist and love only tasting onion when you eat a burger, go at it! Live your disgusting truth. You can really dress this burger up any way you prefer…you want some truffle mayo and sautéed mushrooms for a delicious umami burger? Get it, bitch. You want some BBQ sauce and bacon on yours? Chase your dreams, boo. You want some grilled pineapple and teriyaki on yours? I think that sounds terrible, but I still support you. Hell, you could even make this a breakfast burger with an egg on top! The possibilities of this black bean burger are endless…just like your good soul. How lovely was that statement? You’re welcome.

PaleOMG Black Bean Burgers

PaleOMG Black Bean Burgers

This week has been straight up WHACK. It started off with me waking up at 2am on a Monday and not being able to function the rest of the day. Then a terribly weak workout. Then achey joints. Then me having to put off both work and workouts because I wasn’t recovering from my workout earlier in the week. Then I forgot I was filling my water bottle, went upstairs to do my makeup and came downstairs to a swimming pool in our kitchen. Waiting for the water damage to set in on the ceiling in our basement any day now. So yeah, it’s been an off week. I’m pretty sure all I need is to sleep for 385 hours straight and then I would be back to normal. Small needs. But since that won’t happen, I’ll just have to go about my daily business and continue cancelling plans with all my friends because I don’t have the energy to make conversation with them. Totally healthy. I’ll be back to normal soon…right? RIGHT?!

PaleOMG Black Bean Burgers

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Black Bean Burgers

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 burgers 1x



For the burgers

  • 15 ounce can no salt black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice (I used instant pot arborio rice)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg (or egg substitute)
  • 12 tablespoons avocado oil
  • cheddar cheese slices (or vegan cheese)

For the build-out


  1. Place beans, rice, pepper, onions, spices, breadcrumbs, and egg in a food processor and blend or pulse until completely combined.
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of avocado oil to a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Once hot, use an ice cream scoop to scoop about 5-6 balls of the mixture and form into patties. Place in the nonstick pan, making sure not to crowd the pan (work in batches, if needed). Cook each patty for 6-7 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy on the outside. Once cooked on both side, add cheese slices on top and cover to steam to the cheese). Once cheese has melted, remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of avocado to the hot pan along with the red onion slices. Sprinkle with a bit of salt then cover to steam through. Let onions steam for about 5 minutes, then remove lid and sauté for 3 or so minutes.
  4. Now all you have to do is build your burgers – add chipotle mayo to each bun, avocado slices on the bottom bun, then top it with the black bean burger, sautéed onions, tomato slice, butter lettuce, and the other side of the bun. Now eat up, buttercup!

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  1. Meghan says:

    Sorry Juli. This just didn’t hit the mark for me. I think the green pepper had too much water so my burgers were more like pancakes. The flavor was good, so I ended up making them into ground “beef” and I will use in tacos or salads later this week.

  2. berneda says:

    The BEST black bean burger I have ever made…thank you!!!

    1. juli says:

      wooohoooo!! that’s so amazing to hear!!

  3. Jackie says:

    This was amazing! I did leave out the green pepper since I didn’t have any. A little sticky to start but I got the hang of it soon enough. Delicious!