Jazzy Vegetarian Laura Theodore contributed this hearty, super-easy vegan black bean burger recipe. Just 5 ingredients! Serve with your favorite companions such as lettuce, tomatoes, whole-grain buns or English muffins, and oven fries.
Laura says, “My husband always complained that I did not make our veggie burgers BIG enough! So the ‘Hungry Guy’ burger was born. Packed with hearty black beans, spicy salsa and rolled oats, these five-ingredient wonders are filling and super-quick to prepare. Now everyone’s happy!”
Recipe from Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet © 2015 Laura Theodore. Reprinted by permission. Photos by Annie Oliverio
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"Hungry Guy" Vegan Black Bean Burger
Packed with hearty black beans, spicy salsa and rolled oats, these five-ingredient vegan black bean burgers are filling and super-quick to prepare.
- 15-ounces can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2⁄3 cup plus 2 heaping tablespoons prepared salsa, plus more as needed (see note)
- 3 slices whole-grain bread, torn into chunks
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2⁄3 cup rolled oats
- Preheat the oven to 375º F. Line a large, rimmed baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.
- Put the black beans and salsa in a medium-sized bowl and mash using a potato masher or large fork until well combined.
- Put the bread chunks and cumin in a blender or food processor and process into coarse crumbs. Add the bread crumbs to the black bean mixture and stir to combine.
- Stir in the rolled oats and mix to combine. If the mixture seems dry, stir in another heaping tablespoon of salsa and mix to combine.
- Scoop up a generous 1⁄2 cup of the black bean mixture and put it on the prepared pan. Form it into a burger, shaping it with clean hands, then flattening it slightly. Continue in this manner to make five more burgers (see note).
- Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the burgers and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until golden.
You may use mild, medium or hot salsa in this recipe.
Once formed, the burgers may be covered and refrigerated for 2 to 6 hours before cooking. Add 5 to 7 minutes to the baking time.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 8gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g
Nutrition data is always an estimate depending on program used to calculate and exact products used.
Laura Theodore is a recognized public television personality, 3-time TASTE award winning vegan chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and award-winning recording artist. Tune in for Laura’s vegan television show, Jazzy Vegetarian, airing nationally on the Create Network every Monday and Friday at 8am and 2pm EST (check local listings).
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If you like this hearty meal on a bun, you might also enjoy …
Pinto Bean and Quinoa Sloppy Joes
And if you like black beans, please explore …
Tasty and Easy Black Bean Recipes
See more easy vegan sandwiches & wraps.
Thanks to the lovely Laura for contributing this super-easy vegan burger recipe to The Vegan Atlas. I followed the recipe to T and got 6 big, beautiful burgers just as the recipe promises. And of course they taste great, too!
Woo Hoo! Thank you Nava! I am so happy you liked them, and thank you for posting the recipe on your beautiful website!
I recommend the Quinoa Sloppy Joes for everyone – they are absolutely delicious, and filling – that’s the part I like the most. I had 3 dinners out of the recipe with a good deal to spare for freezing! Enjoy!!
I’m Gluten free. Instead of bread I use a DIY bread crumb recipe. After grinding up the 3 slices what is the measurement of those crumbs so I can substitute mine own crumb mix
Great question, Estelle — I’m not sure even Laura would be able to answer this precisely, as it depends on the size and thickness of the bread slices. I’m going to venture a guess of 1 to 1 1/2 cups worth of crumbs — start with 1 cup and add a little more if it seems like the mixture needs it — the crumbs (and the oats — I’m sure you look for GF oats) are what hold the burgers together.