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Smoky Black Bean Burgers

This Black Bean Burger recipe features smoky flavors and can be cooked in the oven or on the grill! These vegan burgers are made with simple pantry ingredients and super easy to make!

head on view of smoky black bean burger.

Hello veggie lovers!

Since summer has officially started, and the next grilling holiday is just around the corner, I thought it was a perfect time to bring a new vegan ‘smoky’ black bean burger to the recipe collection.

It’s an uncomplicated mix of everyday ingredients that’s big on flavor and easy to customize, making burgers tailored to your taste or what you have on hand. Plus, they are low-fat and high-fiber for a healthy meal!

Texture and flavor-wise, these smoky black bean burgers are tender with a nice mouthfeel. The spices include smoked paprika, along with a hint of oregano and/or cumin. And the sweet, tangy glaze adds the final touch and punch of flavor!

top down view of ingredients for vegan black bean burgers in a food processor.

How To Make Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Here is a quick overview of the process with photos for reference.

  • Start by sauteing the onion. If you’re in a pinch, skip this step and use raw onion.
  • Once done add them to the bowl of a food processor (shown above), along with the black beans, quinoa/rice, flaxseed meal, spices & herbs, and process in short pulses until partially blended (shown below).
side by side photos of the process of making black bean burger mix.
  • Once pureed (above left), move the mixture to a large mixing bowl and mix well with your hands or spatula, making one big packed mound in the bowl.
side by side photos of the process of making black bean burger patties.
  • Divide the mixture as evenly as you can and form firmly packed balls. The black bean burger recipe will yield 4 jumbo, 6 regular, or 8 slider-sized patties.
  • Flatten each ball into 3/4 – 1-inch thick patties. After flattening, smooth any cracks along the edges—usually, pinching them together is all it takes.
  • Cook black bean patties with your preferred method, either on the grill, in the oven, or on the stovetop. I baked mine in the oven for an oil-free burger.
  • When done, brush the balsamic glaze over the top and along the sides of each patty.

Now, you’re ready to assemble your black bean burgers with any – and all – of the ‘fixins’ you like!

I served mine with the classics – sliced tomato, red onion, leafy greens, and this delicious creamy vegan Garlic Aioli spread.

Top Tips

  • Use quinoa or brown rice. Use your favorite or whatever is convenient. For myself, quinoa is king because it’s magical for my digestive system!
  • Use flaxseed meal or panko/breadcrumbs. The flax meal is the healthiest and gluten-free option, but panko is so good, too!
  • They can be made oil-free. Depending on how you cook your burgers, they can be oil-free.
  • Saute onions for depth of flavor. Onions can be used raw for quickness and ease or sauteed for even more flavor (which I highly recommend!).

healthy black bean burger fully loaded on a wooden serving board.

Serving Suggestions

Pair your black bean burgers with these classic sides:

How To Store + Freeze

These black bean burgers store and freeze well, making them great for planning ahead. You can easily store them cooked or uncooked. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. For longer storage, keep them in the freezer for 2 – 3 months. To freeze, place a piece of parchment paper between the patties so they don’t stick together when frozen. Let thaw in before heating.

head on view of smoky black bean burger on a wooden cutting board.

If you try this easy black bean recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Smoky Black Bean Burger

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Simple and delicious, these smoky black bean burgers are 100% vegan and can be made in the oven, on the stovetop or grilled to perfection!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 – 8 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: grill, stovetop, oven, mix
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 2 tablespoons water (for water saute)
  • 1 small onion (about 1 cup), chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (packed) or brown rice*
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal or panko/bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or cumin (or 3/4 teaspoon both)
  • 1/2 mineral salt, or to taste


  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, coconut aminos of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/21 teaspoon sriracha or hot sauce of choice

To serve

  • hamburger buns
  • leafy greens
  • sliced red onion
  • tomato slices
  • Garlic Aioli


Saute: In a small pan or skillet, heat oil/water over medium heat, add onion and saute for about 5 – 7 minutes, onions should be tender and slightly golden on the edges. Let onions cool a bit before moving to the food processor.

Glaze: Next, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, tomato paste, and sriracha. Mix well, and set aside to let the flavors mingle. Taste again, adding more of any ingredient to suit your taste.

Process: Using a food processor, add slightly cooled onions, quinoa/rice, black beans, flaxseed meal, and spices/herbs. Pulse for 5 – 6 seconds at a time, until about half the mixture is combined. Be careful not to over-process, you want some chunkiness from the beans and onions.

Mix: Place mixture in a mixing bowl. You’ll notice once you remove the mixture, the underneath part will be more processed than the top. Using your hands or spatula, mix together well.

Patties: Form 4 round jumbo balls, making sure to pack the balls together well. Flatten each ball into a patty, about 3/4 inch thick, and smooth any cracks along the edges. Place on prepared baking sheet. Alternately, you can make 6 regular-sized patties or 8 sliders.


Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with silpat, parchment paper, or lightly grease with oil. Place baking sheet in preheated oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Using a spatula, gently flip patties and bake another 12 – 15 minutes. Brush tip and sides with balsamic glaze. Let cool a few minutes before serving.

Stovetop: Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat, add patties, and cook 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Carefully flip patties and cook another 5 minutes. Remove, brush with balsamic glaze.

Grill: Preheat grill to medium-high heat, on greased grill, place patties and cook 5 minutes, carefully flip and cook another 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and/or charred. Remove, brush with balsamic glaze.

Serve with fixins of choice and enjoy!

Makes 4 jumbo or 6 regular patties, or 8 sliders.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months (thaw before cooking).

Pair your burgers with these Homemade Baked Potato Chips, Vegan Coleslaw, Classic Potato Salad or Healthy Baked Beans!


*If using brown rice, but don’t feel like cooking it, you can use packaged precooked rice for ease. Use one whole package (5.5 – 5.8 oz) for this recipe, no need to heat first. It’s what I started with and had great results.

For the sauteed onions, you can skip this step and just add the raw onions to the food processor. I started my recipe testing this way but decided I preferred the flavor of the sauteed onions. Both ways are good, and this option is totally up to you.

Make the patties ahead of time, storing them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Nutrition information is calculated using quinoa, flaxseed meal, and no added oils.

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  1. Chris David says:

    I loved this recipe so much!!

  2. Laura Lee says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Texture is very good and glaze is to-die-for. I cut the maple maple syrup in half the second time around and found it just right. The glaze is a the perfect balance of sweet & tangy exquisitely complimenting the burger’s rich flavors.

  3. Michelle Jenson says:

    These were delicious! The only issue I had was that they came out super soft. Do you have any tips to get them a little more burger strength?


  4. This is delicious. Love the sauce. Used a 1/2 cup measuring cup and made 6 perfect patties.

  5. These are byfar the best veggie burgers I have ever eaten! This was my first attempt making veggie burgers and I will never buy them again, this recipe was easy to follow, and for us, this made 8 patties, so we will have several meals from just this one recipe.
    I served these topped with sauteed mushrooms in an espresso balsamic glaze.

  6. Hi Julie,
    I wanna try this recipe! just one quick question. Do u think I can prepare the glaze beforehand and keep it in the fridge for some days? or maybe another easier glaze to use instead of that one? I would like to have the burgers frozen and the glaze already prepared in the fridge for a quick and nice dinner in the middle of the week.
    thank you!!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, you can make the glaze ahead, it will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I love the idea of meal prepping with these, great idea! Enjoy!

  7. When you say freeze leftovers, do you mean before or after cooking?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Great question! You can freeze both before and after cooking. If cooking from frozen, it’ll need a little extra time to cook through. I’ll update the recipe to include this info.

  8. Do you think you could do this recipe with a potato masher instead of a food processor? I love this recipe but my processor has met his end…

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, it should work well enough, just be sure to pack them well when shaping! Enjoy :)

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