Black Bean Burgers {Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free}

Original Post July 2012.

Cooking with beans is one great way to save on meat costs. And as part of that money-saving mission, I tried soaking my own beans once upon a time. But alas, that was a lot of work, and I couldn't quite get it right.  

So when Aldi started selling organic black and pinto beans in a can for under $1, I was sold. Sign me up for canned organic beans.

Beans tend to make me a bit sickly if I eat too many of them. But for some reason these bean burgers sit well with me, and they taste wonderful. It's a nice change every now and then, and these are actually one of my son's favorite meals.  

In fact, these are a great dish to involve your kids in. They can learn how to make burger patties without handling raw meat!  

If you are gluten-free, you can make these with gluten-free oats.


1/2 onion, diced
1 can black beans, well drained
3/4 cup quick oats or oat flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
oil for frying

Saute the onions till soft, about 3-5 minutes.

In a large bowl, mash the beans until almost smooth.

Add sauteed onions and spices.

Add oats or oat flour 1/4 cup at a time.  Mixture will get thick.

Form bean mixture into patties, approximately ½ inch thick and fry patties in a small amount of oil until slightly firm.

I actually smash the beans and mix the ingredients in my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  Very easy.  :)

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Theresa said...

I LOVE black bean burgers! Mmmm. I may have to try this recipe.

Justin said...

Hi Jamie. I love what you do here and I couldn't find an email address so I figured you'd see my comment. Have you guys been able to serve pizza in your house or have you not been able to find a good dairy-free version? I work with BOLD Organics to produce an allergen-free frozen pizza and I'd love to get you some to try. The emails we receive from moms whose kids can eat pizza again just keep on coming. My address is if you have interest and we can send you some.

I'm married to my high school sweetheart too and I love when I hear that about others :)

MommyLydia said...

Have you tried this with black beans started from beans, instead of inside a can? I see you mentioning you soaked and cooked navy beans. Is that what you used?

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Yes, I have done this with dried beans that I soaked. :) I use either canned or soaked...depending on what I have.