Spicy Bean Burgers
The easiest veggie burger you'll ever make! All you need is just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes! This will become your new go-to weeknight recipe!
For the Burgers:
- 1 can (15 oz) organic black beans rinsed and drained (or 2 cups cooked dry beans)
- ½ cup old fashioned oats gluten free if necessary
- ½ cup oat flour or all-purpose, whole wheat, or a gluten free flour blend
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons spicy salsa use your favorite
- 1 tablespoon oil for pan frying (olive oil, grape seed oil, or coconut oil)
- 4 burger buns gluten free, if desired
- ketchup, mustard, onion slices, avocado slices, pickles, lettuce, tomato, etc. optional
Mash black beans in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the oil, and stir to combine.
Depending on how liquidy your salsa is, you may need to add more flour. Add it 1 tablespoon at a time if needed, mixing after each addition. Likewise, if your mixture seems dry, add 1 tablespoon more of salsa at a time, mixing after each addition.
Divide mixture into 4 sections. Form each section into a patty and place on a large plate.
Heat oil in pan over medium heat.
Pan fry the burger patties for 5 to 6 minutes until the first side is lightly browned and crispy on the outside. Carefully flip the patties over and pan fry another 3 to 4 minutes until browned on the 2nd side.
Assemble burgers on buns with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
~ Drain and rinse the canned beans, making sure to drain off as much liquid as possible.
~ Mash the beans by hand with a potato masher or fork. I do not recommend using a food processor as it will purée the mixture too much.
~ Stir in the remaining ingredients by hand. This allows for some texture from the beans, oats, and salsa to remain.
~ Use a spicy salsa! It will mellow out when it combines with the other ingredients, so start bold.
~ Sprinkle in some salt and pepper if for some reason your salsa doesn't have a ton of flavor.
~ If the burger mixture seems too dry, add additional salsa 1 tablespoon at a time. On other hand, if the mixture seems too wet, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. The mixture should hold together well when pressed and a little bit may stick to your hands, but it should be easy to form the patties.
~ Pan fry the burgers over medium heat until browned and crispy.
~ Use old fashioned rolled oats. Do not use steel cut oats - they won't work. Instant oats will technically work, but won't offer the texture that rolled oats do.
~ Use certified gluten free oats and gluten free buns to make these burgers gluten free.
~ To make this recipe oil-free, you can bake them in the oven instead. Bake at 375°F for about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping them half way through.
~ Top these burgers with your favorite burger toppings.
Store these homemade spicy bean burgers in an air-tight container for 3 to 4 days.
You can also freeze these Spicy Bean Burgers. Place them on a large plate or baking sheet in one even layer and stick in the freezer for several hours until frozen. Once frozen, transfer the burgers to a freezer safe container or plastic bag with a piece of parchment paper between each one. They should keep well for up to 4 months.
*Nutrition facts calculated for burgers only without buns or toppings.
Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g