Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Serve on gluten-free hamburger buns.


"We all need to make time for a burger once in a while." -Erica Durance, Actor

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One trick is to mash the onions along with the beans – it helps distribute the flavor throughout the burger. My other favorite twist to this recipe is to use roasted red pepper. The softer roasted pepper also helps distribute the flavor better.

Most of the black bean burgers we have tasted from the freezer case or in restaurants are dry and way too salty. This is a rich, juicy burger that is nothing like the vegetarian burgers you have had before. You can spice this up a bit with some jalapeno pepper or a pinch of cayenne. It is great served topped with your favorite salsa too.


Black Bean and Jack Burgers

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 burger

Cooking time: 30 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and is fair as leftovers. Uncooked burgers will keep for about 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator. Reheat gently.

Black Bean and Jack Burgers from Dr. Gourmet


  • 1 - 15 ounce can no salt added black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 small onion (finely diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs or gluten free panko
  • spray oil
  • 4 whole grain or gluten free hamburger buns
  • 2 ounces Jack cheese (shredded)
  • lettuce
  • tomato

Place the beans, onion, and garlic in a large mixing bowl, and using the back of a fork, mash the beans together with the onions.

Add the cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, and egg.

Mix together until well blended.

Add the breadcrumbs and fold together until well blended.

Form into four burger patties and let rest in the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 400°F.

When the oven is hot, spray the baking sheet with oil and place the patties on the pan.

Place in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes.

Turn and bake on the second side for about 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve on a bun with with tomato, lettuce, and 1/2-ounce cheese for each burger.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 burger with bun

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 330 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 8%
    Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 570mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 18%
    Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
    Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 13% Iron 20%
Vitamin K 20mcg Potassium 600mg