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Grillable Black Bean Burger

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Delicious, healthy and oil-free black bean burger recipe!

By Danielle Keith (IG: @healthygirlkitchen)


  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup brown rice or quinoa cooked

  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs of choice sub oat flour

  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce of choice

  • 1 cup pecans

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Saute onions until soft

  2. Blend pecans and all the spices in your blender or food processor until completely ground up and combined

  3. In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until mashed completely with a few black bean pieces left. Add cooked brown rice, pecan + spice blend, onions, BBQ sauce, and breadcrumbs. Mix together well until combined.

  4. Form into patties - you will get about 7 burger patties.

  5. I used an indoor grill but you can use an outdoor grill, or stove top. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until browned. See notes for grill vs. stove top method.

  6. Serve on your favorite bun, sandwich bread, or eat plain! Add toppings like ketchup, mustard, pickles, vegan mayo, tomato, lettuce etc.


  • Stove top method: For oil-free method use a non-stick pan, or if you don't have a non-stick pan, spray with a little oil, and cook the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Cook on medium heat.

  • Grill method: Grill on each side until browned and grill marks are left. For accuracy, use a meat thermometer and cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees F.

Enjoy! And make sure to check out Danielle's website:


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