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20-Minute Black Bean Burgers

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This 20-Minute Black Bean Burgers recipe is my favorite! It’s quick and easy to make, crispy and juicy (not dried out!), and full of great garlic mushroom flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 ounces baby bella or white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • quarter of a small red onion, peeled and finely chopped (about 1/2 cup total)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs*
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium steak seasoning (add more/less to taste)
  • for serving: hamburger buns, Arla Muenster Sliced Cheese, fresh baby arugula, and/or other desired toppings


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms and onion and saute, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.  Stir in garlic, and saute for 1-2 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant.  Remove mixture from heat, drain off any extra juices or oil, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, as the mushroom mixture is cooking, add the black beans to a large mixing bowl and roughly mash them with a potato masher (or the back of a spoon).  Add in the cooked mushroom mixture, breadcrumbs, egg white, steak seasoning, and stir well until the mixture is evenly mixed.  (If the mixture seems too wet, add in a few extra spoonfuls of breadcrumbs to help bind it together.)
  3. Divide the mixture into four equal portions (each will be about 1/2 cup), and use your hands to form each portion into a large patty.  Set aside.
  4. Rinse out the saute pan, then return it to the stove and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat.  Carefully transfer the black bean burgers to the pan and cook on each side for 5-6 minutes, flipping once. If your pan is not big enough to fit all four burgers, you may need to do this in batches.
  5. Remove from heat and serve the burgers on buns immediately, topped with Arla Muenster sliced cheese, fresh arugula, and/or any other toppings that sound good to you.


*Sometimes I like subbing in ground nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc.) in place of half of the Panko.  Adds extra flavor and protein!