Super Cheap and Easy Black Bean Burger Recipe

I know what you’re thinking… This is a crochet site. Well I would hope that some of you will appreciate this super easy burger recipe, you know “cruelty-free”… AKA “vegan”… hint hint.


I was getting rather hangry earlier today and I wanted a burger and was fresh out of the processed frozen variety. I have seen a few video recipes of homemade black bean burgers, but I couldn’t be bothered to look them up. So I fudged my own!

This is one recipe that you won’t see pictures of. Frankly, it looks like canned cat food…. but it’s tasty I promise. If someone wants to try it and send me an artsy pic to use I’d appreciate it haha.

Here we go:



  • 1 small/medium onion (white or yellow)
  • 1 medium carrot (or about 4 baby carrots) diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup corn (optional)
  • Any spices you prefer (salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, etc. I didn’t use any for mine)

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Cook the onions in some vegan butter or oil until slightly brown, or you can caramelize them if you have more time.

In a food processor, combine everything except corn, process until well-combined and carrots are nearly invisible.

Mix in corn if using and process for just a few seconds, or just hand mix them in if you prefer.

You can even mash the beans by hand and just dice the carrots a bit smaller if you don’t have (or don’t want to dig out) a food processor. This would also combat the “cat food” appearance and texture.

Spread mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, in round patty shapes. My mixture made about 8 smaller patties, possibly 5 or 6 large.

Bake 5 mins, flip, bake another 5 mins.


They end up slightly mushy in the middle, so you can fry in a small amount of oil after baking if you prefer. Or maybe bake longer, I got hangry and impatient…

This is super delicious with some mayo mixed with BBQ sauce and dill pickles. I have “texture issues” so I would suggest some fresh onions or pickles or something on the burger to give it a crunch.

Prices, in USD, can vary depending on your area of the country, prices here in Maryland are pretty high:

Can of beans: $0.80

Carrot: <$0.05

Onion: $0.50

Oats: <$0.05

Corn: <$0.10

Total = <$1.50

Total time start to finish was about 20 minutes.

Leave a comment if you give it a try!


Author: Abby G.

After 14 years of reading crochet patterns, I have taken the dive into writing some for myself and for others. I'm a country girl living in the city, a fish out of water if you will. Speaking of fish, I am vegan. Therefore, I do not use wool, leather, or silk in my creations. I hope that I can inspire you to make beautiful crochet pieces, and maybe one day I can learn to knit.

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