In my younger days I would stop off at London Paddington station after a night out to pick up a spicy bean burger from Burger King. It was a lot of effort but at the time it seemed worth it. A lot has changed since then. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a fast food restaurant burger. Nowadays, I much prefer homemade burgers. This spicy bean burger is influenced by Mexican cuisine and a total winner if you are looking for a quick and easy vegan burger recipe.
Black beans are used to make this recipe. They are also known as turtle beans and are high in protein and fibre. They contain lots of vitamins and minerals that can benefit our health in ways such as maintaining strong bones, managing blood pressure and sugar levels for diabetes. I am using canned black beans for this recipe. You can use dried black beans but will need to soak them overnight. Always drain and wash any canned beans before cooking with them, you can do this a few hours beforehand to help reduce the moisture level in the beans.
This spicy bean burger recipe is vegan-friendly. Therefore, ensure you select vegan breadcrumbs. I used leftover bread to make my breadcrumbs and freeze it to use in the future. Using ground almonds instead of breadcrumbs will make this recipe gluten free.
Making these spicy bean burgers is super easy and quick. Start with sautéing the chilli, garlic and onion. Mash all the ingredients together using a potato masher or fork. Shape into burger patties and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. You can also grill them on the BBQ if the weather permits!
One of the best things about burgers is the toppings. I love adding homemade pickled chillies, avocado, red onion, tomato and pickled gherkins. Serve the burgers in a bun, pitta or tortilla with some salad and your favourite sauces. As for the sides, baked sweet potato fries are a must in my opinion.
Do you like spicy bean burgers? Leave me a comment and rate this recipe if you like it, I want to know if you like spice as much as I do! Share your pictures on Instagram with #prettyvegetarian.
Spicy bean burger – 30 minute recipe
Yield 2 people
This spicy bean burger recipe is inspired by Mexican cuisine and a total winner if you are looking for a quick and easy vegan burger recipe. It only takes 30 minutes to make these burgers.
- 1 x 400g can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
- 1 fresh chilli, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 50g (1 cup) breadcrumbs (vegan)
- ½ lime, juiced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and drain the black beans in a colander, this can be done up to 1-2 hours beforehand.
- Preheat the oven to 220°c or 425°f.
- Heat one tablespoon of oil in a small pan for a minute over a medium heat.
- Add the chilli, garlic and onions and let it cook for 5 minutes until they soften.
- In a bowl add the onion mixture, black beans, tomato puree, breadcrumbs, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Mash together with a potato masher or folk.
- Divide the mixture into 4 and bind into burger patties.
- Brush the burgers with oil and place in the oven on a baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.
- The burgers are ready when they have turned golden brown and warm through.
- Serve immediately with the topping of your liking.
- To make this recipe gluten free use ground almond flour (meal)
- Topping suggestions include homemade pickled chillies, avocado, onion and tomato.
- Serve in a bread bun, pitta or tortilla.
- Serve with sweet potato fries.
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Sodium 1165 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 14 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 13 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.