Spicy Chipotle Black Bean Burger

This spicy chipotle vegetarian black bean burger is perfect for meatless Mondays. The burger is smoky because of a combination of chipotle peppers, chipotle powder, and a dash of liquid smoke. To make it even better, top it with your favorite cheese, some pickled jalapenos,  some of the special sauce included in this recipe, and sesame seed buns. This recipe can easily be made vegan, so look out for the substitutes that I’ve included. 

Whether you’re vegetarian or you want to have a fire meatless Monday experience, this recipe should be on your list. 

Black beans, chipotles in adobo, onions, peppers, and seasonings in a food processor black bean burger ingredients
This recipe is as easy as plopping all of the ingredients in a food processor.

Let's Prep the Ingredients

First of all, let’s admit that we all love an easy recipe. The most challenging part about this whole process is just gathering all of your ingredients. Once you get that together, all you have to do is throw most of them in the food processor, and you’re ready to cook. 

One major tip for these black bean burgers is that you want to rinse and drain your canned beans. Rinsing canned beans is so essential because it takes away a lot of the excess sodium. Then pat those beans dry to remove any excess liquid that might make your bean patties too mushy or challenging to form into patties. 

Add the beans, onion, bell pepper, garlic, one whole chipotle pepper, 1 tsp of adobo sauce, seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke to a food processor.

For a vegan option, make a flax egg instead of using chicken eggs. A flax egg is just one tablespoon of flax meal mixed with three tablespoons of water. It will form an egg-like consistency that is going to serve as a binder for our burgers. 

Black bean burger mix
This is the consistency I look for. It's mostly combined with some pieces of black bean visible.

Texture: What's your Preference?

Gently process your ingredients until reaching the desired consistency. I like my burgers to have a smooth texture with some of the beans still intact/ roughly chopped. If you prefer for your black beans to be more or less textured, you can adjust by blending them longer or for less time. You can also choose to skip the food processor altogether using a potato masher or a fork to smash and incorporate all of the ingredients together. Be resourceful and use what you’ve got! 

If you feel like you’ve made a mistake or that your burger mix is too loose, you can always add more breadcrumbs, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the perfect texture. 

Black bean vegetarian burger in a pan
I choose to cook these on the stove, but you can also grill or bake your burgers.

Cooking and Meal Prep

Use a spoon to scoop the bean mix into your hands and form it into a patty. The mixture might be a little sticky, but it should hold together very well. This amount should give you about 3-4 burgers depending on the size that you make them. You can also make cute little sliders out of your black bean mix. 

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan with the heat on medium. Once the oil is heated through, add in your patties. Do not overcrowd the pan! The burgers should have a bit of space between them. 

Are you looking for some alternative to cooking on the stove? You can also grill these for four to five minutes on each side, bake them for ten minutes, and flip them for ten more minutes. 

Freeze: 

You don’t have to go to your frozen food aisle for last-minute black bean burgers if you don’t want to. You can freeze these! 

After forming patties, and cooking them, let the burgers cool. Once cooled, put them in on a tray in a single layer and put them in the freezer for three to four hours. Once frozen, you can place them all in a freezer-safe container ready to re-heat whenever you are in the mood. 

Toppings: 

If you choose to eat this right away, add a slice of your preferred cheese on top of each burger. Top with pickled jalapenos and cover your pan with a lid to help the cheese melt. For a vegan version, simply use your favorite vegan cheese. 

Mayo sauce on hamburger bun
This is the consistency you should look for. Like the consistency of ranch.

Sauces, Toppings, and Assembly

If you choose to eat this right away, add a slice of your preferred cheese on top of each burger. Top with pickled jalapenos and cover your pan with a lid to help the cheese melt. For a vegan version, use your favorite vegan cheese. 

To make the sauce for the burgers, use a mix of mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, and lime juice. The lime juice is crucial! That citrusy flavor goes so well with the black beans and smoky chipotle flavors that we used and will brighten up the burgers, taking them to the next level. 

While you make the sauce, toast your burger buns and get ready to assemble. Here are the layers I used: bun, spinach, burger, cheese, jalapeno, sauce, bun. The spinach was great and didn’t overpower the meal, but use whatever greens you’d like. 

Vegetarian black bean burger with white american cheese jalapenos and a sesame seed bun on a white plate

These burgers were so good! The only thing I was missing was the sweet potato fries. Enjoy the recipe.      

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Spicy Chipotle Jalapeno Black Bean Burgers

These spicy black bean burgers are made with chipotles in adobo and topped with pickled jalapenos. They are the perfect option for meatless Monday.

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 burgers 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • 1 14 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic cloves
  • 1 chipotle pepper and 1 tsp of adobo sauce (from the canned chipotles in adobo)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/41/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 drops of liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Add salt to taste
  • top with American cheese 
  • jalapeño slices
  • Sesame seed buns
  • 2 tbsp Mayo
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 large lime, juiced 
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the canned beans. Then pat them dry of any excess liquid.
  2. Add the beans, onion, bell pepper, garlic, 1 whole chipotle pepper, 1 tsp of adobo sauce, seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke to a food processor.
  3. Gently process your ingredients until reaching the desired consistency. I like for my burgers to be smooth in consistency with some of the beans still intact/ roughly chopped.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop the bean mix into your hands and form it into a patty. This amount should yield 3-4 burgers.
  5. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan with the heat on medium. Once the oil is heated through, add in your patties. Do not overcrowd the pan! The burgers should have a bit of space between them.
  6. Remember, most of the ingredients in this burger are already cooked. Cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side.  ** You can also grill these for 4-5 minutes on each side or bake them, flipping after 10 minutes for a total of 20 minutes. **
  7. In the last two minutes, add a slice of American cheese on top of each burger. Then layer on some pickled Jalapenos. Pop a lid on the pan, allowing the cheese to melt.
  8. Toast 3- 4 sesame seed buns.
  9. Mix the mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, and lime juice to form a sauce. Then add a spoonful to the top bun.
  10. Place your favorite greens, I like arugula or spinach on the bottom bun. Add the burger topped with cheese and Jalapenos on top. Then, place the bun with the mayo lime garlic sauce on top.
  11. Enjoy it with sweet potato fries!

Notes

* For a vegan burger, substitute the egg with a flax egg. A flax egg is easily made with one tablespoon of flax meal and 3 tbsp of hot water.

* The burger will hold together best if you remove excess moisture. Be sure to pat the beans dry after rinsing.

* You can choose to refrigerate the burgers for later or freeze them for a quick freezer meal.

Keywords: Burger, veggie burger, vegetarian, black bean

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