Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burgers

These easy-to-make vegetarian black bean burgers prepared by our functional medicine Burbank experts are absolutely delicious! They are hearty and very satisfying. The combination of salsa and BBQ sauce results in a perfectly seasoned juicy burger that you will love.

Prep Note from our functional medicine doctors:
The bread crumbs are key to a perfectly firm texture. Slightly drain the salsa so it is more chunky than soupy.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


1 T. olive oil
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 scallions, finely sliced
1/2 c. frozen corn, defrosted
1/4 c. chunky salsa, prepared or homemade,
2 T. BBQ sauce
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. garlic powder
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
7-9 T. plain breadcrumbs
4 hamburger buns

Burger toppings of choice such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayonnaise, or sour cream.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add one-half beans into a large bowl and lightly mash using a potato masher – leave the mixture a bit chunky and not too smooth.  Add the remaining beans.
  3. Add the scallions, corn, salsa, BBQ sauce, paprika, garlic powder, and cilantro. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir in the breadcrumbs, starting with 7 tablespoons and mix well. If needed, add an additional 1–2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, until the mixture is firm enough to form into burger patties.
  5. Form 4 burger patties and shape them using lightly wet hands. Pan fry in the hot oil until golden brown and slightly crisp on both sides, approximately 4–5 minutes per side.
  6. Layer the black bean patties onto hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings.
  7. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious, and plant-based alternative to traditional burgers, black bean veggie burgers are an excellent choice recommended by our functional medicine Los Angeles professionals.

According to our functional medicine Studio City practitioners, black beans are a great source of plant-based protein, which is essential for muscle repair, immune function, and overall health. Incorporating black bean veggie burgers into your diet ensures that you get high-quality protein.

For more recipes and our functional medicine solutions, feel free to contact our team at Functional Medicine Los Angeles.

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