Meatless Black Bean Burgers


We are not vegans, but we do have Meatless Mondays in our house and these meatless burgers are the favorite for Gold Arch addicts. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
8 burgers


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons hickory-flavored barbecue sauce

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or as needed

Aioli Special Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon vegan bacon bits

  • 1 tablespoon relish

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste

  • 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese

  • 8 large hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. Puree black beans in a food processor, or mash with a fork.

  2. Combine bread crumbs, bell peppers, onion, eggs, barbecue sauce, nutritional yeast, salt, olive oil, taco seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and chili sauce in a large mixing bowl. Add mashed beans and mix well.

  3. Form mixture into 8 patties. Place on greased waxed paper and let sit in the refrigerator until firm, about 2 hours.

  4. Lightly grease a cast iron griddle pan with vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Add burgers and fry until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

  5. While burgers are cooking, mix mayonnaise, vegan bacon bits, relish, vinegar, and tomato paste for aioli together in a small bowl.

  6. Top each burger with a slice of Monterey Jack cheese. Serve on toasted hamburger buns with aioli sauce.

Cook's Note:

You can use ground cumin in place of taco seasoning, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano instead of nutritional yeast.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

661 Calories
27g Fat
78g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 661
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 3198mg 139%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 29%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 411mg 32%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 667mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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