Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (Vegan)

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These Vegan Black Bean Burgers are already delectable with their hearty texture and rich flavors, but it’s the addition of our homemade chipotle sauce that elevates them to pure deliciousness, creating a tantalizing smoky heat that leaves you craving for more with every bite. They are completely vegan and gluten-free!

black bean burger on a whole grain bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

Yes, there are a lot of vegan black bean burger recipes out there, but this is the best one you’ll try because it is not mushy and the flavor is perfect! Whether baked, air-fried, pan-fried, or grilled, these easy veggie burgers will make the whole crowd happy. You don’t even have to serve it on a bun as shown with our chipotle black bean patties recipe.

If you are a vegan burger-lover and want more flavorful options, be sure to check out chickpea burgers and these portobello mushroom burgers. Our list of the top veggie burger recipes demonstrates the best ones around! While you are at it, be sure to browse all of our meatless dinner recipes.

Why I love these black bean burgers

  • Nutritious and Healthy: Made with wholesome ingredients like black beans, vegetables, and spices, these burgers provide a good source of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.
  • Allergen-Friendly: Being vegan and free from common allergens like dairy and eggs, these burgers are suitable for a wide range of dietary preferences and restrictions.
  • Budget-Friendly: Using affordable, pantry-friendly ingredients, these black bean burgers are a cost-effective meal option that doesn’t compromise on taste or quality.
  • They are better than the rest: I’m serious! These patties are firmer and have more flavor than any other that I’ve tried.

Ingredients you will need

ingredients for black bean burgers on a white background, black beans, oats, onion, bell pepper, seasonings, and spices.

Made with only wholesome ingredients that are easy to find in your grocery store, these delicious veggie burgers are sure to please any crowd.

  • Beans- Though other beans could be used, black beans are our favorite for this recipe. We have a whole list of vegan black bean recipes that you should check out!
  • Oats- The old-fashioned type or even quick-cooking variety can be used. These will act as a binder.
  • Veggies- Onions and red peppers give this recipe a popping flavor and even texture.
  • Seasonings- I use homemade ketchup along with spices like chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and dry steak seasoning to add the fullest flavor. Worcestershire (without anchovies) or soy sauce is one of the secret ingredients.

Binder for bean burgers

Because vegan black bean burgers don’t have eggs in them, many fall apart easily or just mush together when eaten in a bun. But, that won’t happen with these. It’s the rolled oats that help them hold together.

I have found that either baking or air frying them creates the firmest patties of all. The leftovers can even be crumbled over salad the next day.

The bean burger patties freeze well if you want to make a big batch and have them on hand for a fast-food meal. I always bake them and then freeze them, but you could freeze them raw and then bake them when you’re ready.

How to make vegan black bean burgers

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

black beans in white colander

STEP #1: Start by draining and rinsing a can of black beans, or make your own fresh. Just be sure to get rid of all the liquid.

black beans in a stainless bowl with a potato masher being mashed.

STEP #2: In a large bowl, mash black beans with a potato masher or even a fork. I like to use a potato masher with a long handle because it makes it easier.

STEP #3: Dice the onion and red pepper into small chunks.

STEP #4: Add all ingredients to the bowl with black beans, including oats, veggies, and spices. Mix thoroughly. I use my hands to knead them well.

Forming the bean patties

STEP #5: This recipe makes 4-5 medium-sized bean burgers. To make the patties, simply form a chunk of the batter into a ball, place it on the flat surface of the pan, and then pat it out flat. They should spread out in a circular shape. You’ll want them to be not too thick and not too thin.

vegan black bean burger patties on a baking sheet

STEP #6: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. They also do well in an air fryer. You can even pan-fry in a non-stick skillet. However, for the firmest patties, baking or air frying is recommended.

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions

My Ninja 5.5 capacity air fryer will hold 4-5 of these patties because it has a nice roomy basket. To make these in the air fryer, set the temperature to 400°F and cook for about 15 minutes. They come out nice and crispy.

Chipotle Sauce

vegan chipotle sauce in white scalloped bowl with burger and corn in background

Once the patties are out of the oven or off the grill, it’s sauce time! My favorite is Chipotle Vegan Ranch Sauce, but barbecue sauce also works well.  The chipotle sauce is made with these simple ingredients.

  • Low-Fat Eggless Mayonnaise – My homemade vegan mayonnaise makes this sauce recipe completely vegan and egg-free.
  • Chipotle in adobe sauce – You will only need a little bit of this, but it adds a delicious lightly spicy kick that I love.
  • Lime juice – This tangy citrus addition balances out the flavor of this chipotle sauce perfectly. In a pinch, you could use lemon juice as a substitute.
  • Spices – We use cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and garlic powder to achieve the unmatchable flavor of this sauce.

STEP #7: Simply toss all of the sauce ingredients in a blender and process until nice and smooth, then drizzle it over your burgers. Serve on a bun with onion, lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments.

Pro tips & Suggestions

  • Cooking methods- Bake, air fry, grill, or cook in a non-stick frying pan. For the firmest patties, baking or air frying are recommended.
  • Black beans- Cook your own beans from scratch in your InstantPot or use canned beans that have been drained and rinsed.
  • Special sauce- The amazing sauce I use is my Chipotle Ranch Dressing, and it is HIGHLY recommended to knock these burgers out of the park.
  • Double batch-The patties freeze very well, so make a double batch while you’re at it. You’ll be so glad you did!

*Originally published January 2016.

Topping options

Using different toppings on these vegan burgers is a great way to spice them up even more. These are some of my favorite topping options:

What to serve with black bean burgers

Whether you’re eating these burgers at home or taking them to a cookout, there are lots of side dishes that pair well with them like potato sides like these Air Fryer Potato Wedges, Air Fryer French Fries, Oil-Free Potato Chips, and my Air Fryer Baked Potatoes.

If you are looking for something other than potatoes, try pairing these burgers with this Creamy Dairy-Free Coleslaw or my Vegan Baked Beans.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can black bean burgers be grilled?

The answer to this recipe is YES! But, for other versions, it depends on the recipe used. I’ve heard about many common mistakes to avoid with other burgers that are too mushy to grill. However, this black bean burger recipe can be grilled because the patties are firm enough to hold up on the grill without falling apart.

Do black bean burgers have protein?

Yes, they do! Black beans themselves have protein, and these black bean burgers have 13 grams of protein per patty.

Are black bean burgers vegan?

Some are and some aren’t. Often, especially in restaurants, eggs are used in black bean burger batter as a binder which would make them vegetarian, but not vegan. The burgers in this post are indeed vegan because no eggs are used.

Can black bean burgers be frozen?

Yes, any leftovers can be frozen. It’s best to freeze the patties without the buns to make reheating easier. They can be frozen in an airtight freezer-friendly container for approximately 3-6 months. I always bake them and then freeze them, but you could freeze them raw and then bake them when you’re ready.

What are the best bun options?

For an oil-free bun, try the Ezekiel brand in the freezer section of many grocery stores or make your own with this burger bun recipe from This Healthy Kitchen.

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vegan black bean burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion
4.50 from 151 votes

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

These vegan Black Bean Burgers are so popular because the patties are firm and can even be cooked on the grill without falling through.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 cups black beans this is a 15 oz can, drain and rinse
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup onions diced
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce or Bragg's Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning dry spice optional
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper optional

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayo (homemade recipe below)
  • 1/2 or 1 chipotle in adobe sauce or 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener pure cane sugar, date sugar, etc
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Low-Fat Vegan Mayo

  • 1 lb silken soft tofu drained
  • 1 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener pure cane sugar, date sugar, etc
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse black beans. Just be sure to get rid of all the liquid.
  • In a large bowl, mash black beans with a potato masher or even a fork.
  • Dice the onion and red pepper into small chunks.
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl with black beans, including oats, veggies, and spices.
  • Mix thoroughly. I use my hands to knead them well.
  • Make 4 to 5 pattiesfrom the mixture by forming a ball and pressing into patties .
  • Line a baking sheet with and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. They also do well in an air fryer. You can pan-fry; however, for the firmest patties, baking or air frying are recommended.
  • Serve on a bun with onion, lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments. Drizzle with the chipotle sauce.

Chipotle Sauce

  • Place all of the sauce ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. This sauce is great on sandwiches, wraps baked fries, baked blooming onions, and so much more. I even thin it out and use it as a salad dressing.

Homemade Vegan Mayo

  • Drain the water from the soft silken tofu. Place all of the mayo ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This will be a lot more mayo than is needed for the chipotle sauce. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days and use on sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and sauces.

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Notes

Pro Tips & Suggestions
  1. Cooking methods- Bake, air fry, grill, or cook in a non-stick frying pan. For the firmest patties, baking or air frying are recommended.
  2. Air Frying- To make these in the air fryer, set the temperature to 400°F and cook for about 15 minutes. They come out nice and crispy.
  3. Black beans- Cook your own beans from scratch in your InstantPot or use canned beans that have been drained and rinsed.
  4. Special sauce- The amazing sauce I use is my Chipotle Ranch Dressing, and it is HIGHLY recommended to knock these burgers out of the park.
  5. Double batch-The patties freeze very well, so make a double batch while you’re at it. You’ll be so glad you did!
  6. Freeze- The bean burger patties freeze well if you want to make a big batch and have them on hand for a fast-food meal. I always bake them and then freeze them, but you could freeze them raw and then bake them when you’re ready.
  7. Bun options– For an oil-free bun, try the Ezekiel brand in the freezer section of many grocery stores or make your own with this recipe from This Healthy Kitchen.
Topping Options
Using different toppings on these vegan burgers is a great way to spice them up even more. These are some of my favorite topping options:
Chipotles are spicy
Chipotle in adobo sauce can be found in the Latino section of most grocery stores. There are 8-10 chilies in each can, and it takes me a while to go through that many because they are quite hot.
Once I open a can, I place the other chilies and sauce into a plastic bag and store them in my refrigerator to be used in other recipes like hummus and salsa. They have a small amount of oil in them, so some may want to use chipotle powder instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g

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118 Comments

  1. Made these tonight for the first time, and they were DELICIOUS!! Definitely adding this recipe to the rotation! I served these with your coleslaw recipe, which was also delicious and I didn’t tell my husband that the coleslaw was made with tofu until after we ate. He never would have known had I not told him. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes with someone who is still fairly new to the plant-based/vegan eating lifestyle!

    1. Rona- I loved reading your comment about the burgers and coleslaw. Thank you so much for letting me know how much you and your hubby enjoyed them. Welcome to your new plant-based lifestyle! ♥

  2. Tonight was the 2nd time I’ve made these awesome burgers. My better half is always suspicious of veggie burgers but he really likes these! I add 1 tsp of liquid smoke to the recipe and I think it takes them over the top. I also made the Chipotle Ranch sauce for the first time to have on the burgers – wow, so good and really finishes the burger! Thanks so much Terri for 2 amazing recipes – your website is the first one I go to now to figure out dinner! 👍❤🌱

  3. I thought these black bean burgers were very good! Plus, easy to make. I chose not to add the red pepper and did not miss the flavor. I prepped these a few hours before and stored in the fridge. They grilled up nicely!

    1. Hi Carolyn- I am so glad that you liked these! Did you happen to watch me make them on our recent Facebook Tuesday LIVE? I acidentally forgot to add the onions I had prepped, but they were still good. I also broke a bowl while we where filming, LOL! Gotta love it when it’s live because you get to see bloopers and all.

  4. I bought my air fryer yesterday, and made these Vegan Black Bean Burgers today – they were AMAZING!! Had a nice, spicy kick and held up super well (didn’t fall apart as other plant-based burgers I’ve tried making in the past.) So grateful to have not only found this fabulous recipe, but also to have found your website. Always happy to find wfpb/vegan recipes that don’t use oil. 🙂

  5. These were amazing! I made them thick and they came out so crispy in the air fryer! I didn’t have any mushiness in the middle. Thank you for such a tasty, easy recipe!

  6. These are by far the best black bean burgers. The air fryer directions are spot on and add a nice crunchy outer layer. Yum!

  7. Love this recipe, it’s easy, tastes great and it’s healthy! I baked them. They were firm on the inside and held together. Reheated one the next day, it was just as good as an leftover.

  8. These are the best bean burgers I have tried yet! I use 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup chickpea flour. Not mushy at all! Not crumbly at all!

  9. I made these today and WOW they are great. Next time I am going to make a double batch. I also made the “mayo” and added jalapenos to my burger. YUM

  10. Can you put the ingredients in a food processor so it’s a smoother consistency? I think that would help my kids to try it. Would it still hold together?

    1. Hi Naomi- I really think putting the ingredients in a food processer would make these burgers pretty mushy. It seems like it would be like running ground beef through a processor, making the finished product kind of textureless. Can’t say for sure though since I haven’t tried it.

  11. Hello! These look wonderful–do you know how they would work in an air fryer? What temp and cooking time would you guess?

  12. Delicious ! I am hooked. Made last week, today craved for them again only did not have black beans so made with pinto beans. Just as tasty

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