Black Bean Mushroom Burgers


Bizarre seeing a healthy recipe on a dessert website, isn’t it? Well, the truth of the matter is that I do need to eat “regular” meals or else I would end up in a sugar coma. When I whip up something that I think is great, I want to share it with all of you. After all, I’m pretty certain you need more than dessert to survive as well, right? 😉 These “burgers” are full of flavor and deliciously hearty. Mushrooms and onions are sauteed with seasoning before being combined with the beans, which imparts much more flavor than I have found in more bland black bean burgers. This was also my first time making homemade bread crumbs (can you believe it?!) and I loved it! They were so much fresher than store-bought.

You may remember that I made some other black bean burgers awhile back and might be curious as to my thoughts on the differences between them. Well, the most recent variation is much heartier and feels much more like an actual burger than the previous version. They shape into patties much more easily and have significantly more flavor. That said, they also take a bit more work and time to throw together. If you are looking at it from health perspective, there are probably less calories in the previous recipe. Either way, I love, love, love black bean burgers. I think they’re delicious and make for a great lunch that fills you up. Definitely try these, or both, and let me know what you think!

1 year ago: Lavash Crackers
2 years ago: Hearty Beef Stew

Black Bean Mushroom Burgers

Yield: Makes 4 burgers

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


1 Tablespoon canola oil, plus more for brushing
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
4 slices whole wheat sandwich bread, lightly toasted
15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 ounces (about ½ cup) shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 English muffins, sandwich pockets, or hamburger buns, split and toasted
Salsa and sour cream, for serving (optional)


1. In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, garlic, cumin and paprika and cook until mushrooms have released their juices, about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Tear toasted bread into pieces and place in food processor. Process until broken down into crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl. Add the mushroom mixture and beans to the food processor; pulse until combined, but not smooth - leave some chunky bits. Scoop mixture into the bowl with the bread crumbs; add the cheese and season with salt and pepper.

3. Mix ingredients together and divide into 4 equal portions. With dampened hands, shape each portion into four thick patties. Lightly brush each side of all patties with canola oil.

4. Heat a grill, grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Place patties on the surface and cook until thoroughly heated through and the outside has crisped, about 5 minutes per side. Serve burgers on toasted English muffins and topped with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

(Adapted from Culinary in the Country)


59 Responses to “Black Bean Mushroom Burgers”

  1. lululu on October 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    i love dessert, but u r rite, i cant just live with dessert only! i need something as good as this burger to live on!
    cant believe it’s a meatless burger! it looks so tempting!


  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    These look so yummy. I think my husband would love ’em. Do you have it on an Arnold’s sandwich thin? I bet it would be great on those!


  3. Michelle on October 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Jessica, You are right! That is an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin (multi-grain). I hope you and your husband enjoy them!


  4. sherri on October 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Although it is a healthy recipe, it’s one I would enjoy.


  5. christina on October 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Nice, I love bean-based burgers! The kind you make at home definitely are better than what you can buy as it has more flavor and is moister.


  6. The Duo Dishes on October 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    You have to have balance. Can’t be all sugar, all the time. We’ve made black bean sweet potato burgers that were really good. It’d be nice to try another variation.


  7. Miranda on October 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I love these healthy alternative to a burger! They sound so flavorful and yummy. Thanks. I will be trying these for sure!!!!


  8. penny aka jeroxie on October 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    what a clever idea! too bad I can’t eat too much beans but hope I can find a replacement!


  9. sherri on October 15, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I can not WAIT to try these!


  10. Divina on October 15, 2009 at 4:12 am

    that looks great and tasty. I would like to make this soon.


  11. nicole on October 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

    This would definitely be something I would order if I was out to eat! I would love to make this in my own kitchen! Thanks for a new great recipe!


  12. shelly (cookies and cups) on October 15, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Those look sooo good!!!! I agree about the black beans burgers.


  13. stephchows on October 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

    as much as I love dessert… I do need to eat! These look delicious!


  14. Astrid on October 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Okay, so I made black bean burgers last night! Different from yours, and definately something I just threw together in the food processor, but they were delicious.
    Its great to see we were thinking alike!
    These look fantastic (I love mushrooms).


  15. Woman with a Whisk on October 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Your burgers look fantastic! If you’re going to blog about something savory, might as well be these. =)


  16. Danielle on October 15, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I saw your entry on Tastespotting and wanted to read more. I’ve bookmarked your recipe to try soon. Looks really tasty!


  17. Alta on October 15, 2009 at 11:33 am

    This looks really tasty! Will have to try soon.


  18. Eliana on October 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I wish I could survive on just dessert.


  19. Deanna@marzipan on October 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I think when you work around sweets all the time, you crave the healthy savory stuff even more. This looks like something I will love! Thanks for sharing.


  20. chili on October 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    This looks way better than the frozen ones my wife buys! Can’t wait to try it!


  21. Marillyn @ just-making-noise on October 16, 2009 at 1:51 am

    I should try these sometime! We live in a country overflowing with black beans :o) What could I subsitute for the mushroom?


  22. SpicieFoodie on October 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I love this recipe,and regular veggie burgers but this is a fantastic alternative and nice change of taste and flavors. I’ll have to try this soon. Congrats on top 9 today!


  23. Amber on October 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I might have to give these a try sometime, when my husband won’t be home for dinner since he does not like mushrooms.


  24. Ashley on October 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I love finding new veggie burger recipes! And mushrooms are a favourite ingredient in them. These sound great!


  25. rufus on October 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    i guess we can use any other beans with the same amount as well? it looks beautiful..


  26. Kim on October 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Finding new ideas for hamburgers is always interesting. This looks great and really is unique.


  27. grace on October 18, 2009 at 2:30 am

    goodbye, morningstar farms, hello, homemade! a burger is a burger, and i wouldn’t miss the meat for a second!


  28. Michelle on October 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Marillyn — You could omit the mushrooms entirely or include your favorite veggie. The sky is the limit!

    Hi Rufus — Yep, you could substitute any other type of bean in the same quantity.


  29. nita scot on November 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I made these last week and they were so delicious. I shared them with my readers also. Thanks for sharing.


  30. Rita on November 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hi, I just made these! Really really good even though I accidentally added cinnamon instead of cumin…ops! I haven’t got a food processor, so I used ready-made breadcrumbs and used a potato masher to mash the beans. It worked really well. Thanks for another great recipe 🙂


  31. Kate on January 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I just want to say thanks a ton for posting this recipe! I made these for the second time last night (first made them back in October), and they are amazing. I’m not a vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a meat lover, and we both really enjoyed them. They’re definitely going into my food repertoire.


  32. Yugoevista on March 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Just made these last night, and I have to say these were the best non-meat burgers I have ever had! I can’t wait for summer and barbecue season to make these for some outdoor grilling.


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  38. Nicole on June 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

    So today I decided to give black bean burgers a try and decided against it because of the cost. Then I come across this while trying to decide what recipe of yours I’m going to try. I’m making these tomorrow for dinner for sure.


  39. Nicole on June 5, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Has anyone tried freezing these? I would love to have some on hand for family who aren’t meat eaters


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  41. Audrey on July 29, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I really want to make these, but I was wondering, can I make them without brushing the patties with olive oil (or any oil)? Or is it needed to keep the patties together?


    • Michelle on July 29th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Audrey, It doesn’t help bind them, but it helps them not to stick to the pan.


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  45. Milie on December 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I just made this recipe and I love it. I added some bacon and more spices and served the patties with some greek yogurt with lemon zest and chives. I cooked the patties in the oven and broiled them a bit so they were really crunchy.


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  48. Tanya K on September 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    These are a new staple for us! We sub in whatever veggies we have on hand when we don’t have mushrooms, and sometimes throw in some homemade seitan for an extra kick. LOVE! Thanks for the great recipe!


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  50. Radzilla on February 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Just found and made these tonight and my otherwise picky boy LOVED them. Only problem is the were super crumbly. Any ideas on how to keep them together?


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  52. marina on November 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    can i make the patties and leave them in the fridge overnight, then just cook for lunch? or would it be better if i cooked them immediately then just reheat on the stove the next day?


    • Michelle on November 27th, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Hi Marina, You could do either, but I would probably just cook them all at once and then reheat as desired.


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  54. Leo on October 21, 2016 at 8:50 am

    So today I decided to give black bean burgers a try and decided against it because of the cost. Then I come across this while trying to decide what recipe of yours I’m going to try. I’m making these tomorrow for dinner for sure.


  55. Leo on October 21, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I made these last week and they were so delicious. I shared them with my readers also. Thanks for sharing.


  56. Leo on October 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

    love finding new veggie burger recipes! And mushrooms are a favourite ingredient in them. These sound great!


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