Southwest Black Bean Burger

Southwest Black Bean Burger

12 mins
12 mins

Classic southwestern flavors give these Southwest Black Bean Burgers a South of the Border flair. Black beans are a great source of protein and fiber, with less fat than beef or turkey.



  • 1 cup black beans, dried
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 cup jalapeños, chopped and seeds removed
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 chipotle chili, chopped
  • 3/4 cup roasted cashews, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • 6-8 cheese slices
  • 6-8 burger buns
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

Ingredient Tips

Use 1 tablespoon to oil grates and 2 tablespoons to cook chili and onions.


Step 1 Of 10
In a large container, soak dried black beans in water and cover overnight. Drain beans and rinse.
Hot Tip
Beans will double in size, so add water as needed.
In a medium-size cast-iron skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat until it starts to smoke.
Add onion and jalapenos. Stir frequently and cook until onions are translucent. Add garlic and stir while cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add chipotle chili and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl.
Place cashews in food processor bowl and pulse until finely chopped. Add to bowl with onions and chilis.
Hot Tip
It should take about 10-12 pulses to finely chop the cashews.
Add beans and shredded cheese to food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped. Transfer to the bowl with onion, chili and cashew mix.
Hot Tip
It should take about 8-10 pulses to roughly chop the beans and shredded cheese.
Add mayonnaise, egg and bread crumbs to bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix together thoroughly.
Form 6-8 round patties. Place on plate and put in freezer for 15 minutes to solidify.
Hot Tip
You can use a large biscuit cutter as an alternative to using your hands
Oil grates and preheat grill to 400°F. Remove patties from freezer, lightly brush each patty with olive oil and place on grill oil-side down. Coat the other side.
Cook patties 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Top with cheese for the last minute to melt and remove from grill.
Assemble patties on burger buns with your favorite toppings and condiments.
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