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Easy Cilantro Lime Black Bean Burgers

These Easy Spicy Black Bean Burgers have just the right amount of spice and a nice hint of lime. Switch up the menu for the BBQ and enjoy this simple delicious vegetarian burger recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 jalapeño seeds removed for less spice
  • ¼ of small red onion
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • cup cilantro
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ -½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • cup bread crumbs (more if mixture is too thin) whole wheat or gluten free, panko crumbs will work as well
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • In a food processor, process the jalapeño, onion, and garlic until finely ground. (You can finely dice them instead if desired!)
  • Add in one can or two cups of black beans, cilantro, lime juice and spices. Pulse until combined (there should still be chunks of black beans.)
  • Transfer the mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Add in the rest of the black beans, egg or flax egg, bread crumbs, and corn and stir until combined.
  • Form into burger sized patties. (Sometimes I freeze this for about 15 minutes or so to help them form better into burgers.)
  • Grill over medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.
  • You can also cook these in a frying pan over medium heat until browned on each side. Refrigerate leftovers for 5 days or freeze for about 2 months.


  • The biggest issue with any veggie burger is getting them to really hold together. I have found that sometimes the mixture seems a touch too thin so adding more bread crumbs is a great solve. But my FAVORITE thing to do is to pop the mixture in the freezer for 20 minutes or so and then form them into burgers. This has made a huge difference!
  • Spice level--take it where you like it! I play around with the amount of heat in these spicy bean burgers based on who is joining us for dinner. I have added a bit of siracha or hot sauce, or upped the red pepper for more spice.
  • Don't overcook these spicy black bean burgers--please! If you over cook them, then they will be dry. And no one wants a dry burger.
  • Depending on the size of the patties, this will make about 6-8 burgers.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg