Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers + Recipe Video

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You guys!!  Today is a really special day, for three reasons.  First, it has been exactly one year since I hit publish and shared my very first recipe!  I had no idea what the heck I was doing, but I was pretty proud of my first recipe and photo.  Although, looking back, I’m not quite as proud of the photo anymore, haha!

But, you live and your learn and I feel like I have learned so much this year.  I first started She Likes Food because I came up with the crazy idea that I wanted to become a food stylist/photographer.  I contacted a local food stylist, named Kim Krejca, was so nice and helpful and told me I should start a food blog to gain some experience.  I have always loved cooking and photography, so it seemed like the perfect thing to do.  

I know that some people probably thought I was a little crazy when I told them of my new-found career goals and I honestly don’t blame them.  I still feel a little bit crazy when I tell people I have a food blog, but it is the most satisfying and creative project I’ve ever done.  I’ve met so many supportive blogging friends (you all know who you are!), I’ve developed recipes for some of my favorite brands (Chobani and Bob’s Red Mill), I’ve greatly improved my recipe development skills as well as my food photography and styling skills, and I’ve also recently began contributing recipes and photographs to a gluten free magazine (more on that soon!).  I’m really excited to see what this next year brings!

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The second reason this post is special is because I’m sharing these awesome Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers with you!  And you know what makes them even more awesome??!  I’ve piled them high with my Baked BBQ Sweet Potato Chips and creamy slices of avocado!  I have a veggie burger obsession and the only cure is more veggie burgers!

I really want to thank everyone who has supported me and this blog!  I really wouldn’t still be doing this if it weren’t for all the nice comments I get from you guys, they really do make my day, especially when I’m feeling burnt out or like I’m not doing enough.  So, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of this blog, whether it has been since the beginning or even if this is your first visit!  



*Giveaway is no longer going on*


Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Entree, Sandwich, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained (or about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, divided gluten free if necessary
  • Olive oil, for browning burgers
  • 6 hamburger buns, gluten free if necessary
  • Optional toppings include. Baked BBQ Sweet Potato Chips, avocado, tomato, mayo, lettuce, onion


  1. Add all ingredients plus 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs to a food processor. Process for 45-60 seconds, until all ingredients are blended together, but still a little bit chunky. Transfer mixture to a medium sized bowl and refrigerate for about ten minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs. Form mixture into patties. You will get about 6 patties, depending on the size you make them. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and place black bean burgers on. Refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat and coat the bottom with olive oil. Cook the burgers for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until crisp and heated through. Top with your favorite burger toppings and enjoy!


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  1. says

    This black bean burger topped with the sweet potato chips looks insanely good. Don’t enter me into the giveaway, but I have so many favorite ingredients. Brussels sprouts and persimmons are a seasonal favorite at the moment – tamarind paste in another. And congratulations Izzy on all of your successes this past year. You put it well and I agree that blogging is such a creative and fulfilling project, and I wish you continued success and fulfillment in the years to come. :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Katie!! Brussels sprouts are an all time favorite of mine and I’ve really been wanting to cook with persimmons lately. I’m guessing they will become a favorite too! I need to start with your brussels sprout and persimmon roasted veg :)

    • Christine Stinson says

      You have so many comments and facebook likes already; it shows how well you’re doing with this, so a big fat CONGRATS to you! This blog really is amazing, and I enjoy following your recipes (especially the vegan ones.)

      And, chocolate. Cooking with chocolate is the best – it’s versatile, exciting, challenging, and surprising.

      P.S. Really good choice for the give away prize – I’ve wanted this book forever.

      • She Likes Food says

        Christine!!! Thank you so much! It makes me so happy to know that you are reading and enjoy my blog and recipes! I try to post a lot of vegan recipes! You are so right, chocolate is the best ever and I have been craving some tonight like crazy! Happy New Year!! I miss you! xoxo

  2. Amy says

    Congratulations on your one-year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year ! I was looking back at some of your old posts, and it seems like your photography has really come a long way since you started your blog (even though way-back-when I thought those first photos were pretty awesome)! I must admit, your gorgeous photos make me want to try every recipe you post, even when I know it’s something I don’t normally like! I’m really proud of you for finding a way to combine your love of food and photography and then going for it! I know it’s been a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

    I was already planning on leaving a comment before I saw the giveaway, but because that cookbook looks so awesome: I think my favorite ingredient to cook with is fresh tomatoes! I tend to throw them into a lot of things I make. And my second favorite ingredient is probably sugar since it’s essential to so very very many baked goods – haha!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Amy!! I can’t believe it has been a whole year either, kinda crazy. I don’t even want to think about all the money I’ve spent on the blog this year, lol! Haha, I thought some of my first pictures were pretty awesome too, lol! I still do like some of them, just not all of them :) It definitely has been a lot of work, but I’m hoping it pays off eventually, and it is a lot more fun than the work I actually get paid for so I guess it all evens out!

      Tomatoes are one of my favorites too! Can you believe that I have a cherry tomato plant that is still producing tomatoes right now?! Haha, I tried to make a baked good without using any sugar a few weeks ago and it was not very good! I miss you guys! Thanks so much for commenting :)

  3. says

    Congratulations on one year of blogging, Izzy! That is so exciting! I’m so glad you’re following your dreams, especially with your photography goals! This black bean burger looks amazing! And I especially love that you piled your sweet potato chips onto it. Such a creative touch! Yum!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Gayle!! It is hard to believe it has been a whole year, and I still have so much more to learn, haha! Sweet potato chips make everything better!

  4. says

    Please stop posting these burgers. I want one right now, even though it’s just 9am!!

    Happy blog-iversary!

    My favorite ingredient? Well, butter, of course. Cream, if I’m in a fix. :-)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha! Maybe you can crumble one into some eggs and have it for breakfast! Thank you so much!

      Both amazing choices! When I was a little kid I used to drink the little creamer containers from McDonalds :)

  5. says

    Congrats on your own year anniversary! It’s always a good thing when you get to see how far you’ve come with blogging. So exciting :). And I absolutely love this black bean burger. And I’m not a black bean burger type of person lol. Very nice post

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you! It is kinda crazy to see how things have changed, but also crazy to think that I still have so much more to learn! My husband is a huge meat eater, but has requested these on more than one occasion! I know the recipe is a winner when he loves it :)

  6. says

    Mmm this burger looks delicious and with those chips!!!! No way!!!
    Congrats on your anniversary and all your success in your first year! Your recipes are great and I fell in love with your blog the first time I landed on your page!
    My favourite ingredient to cook with is……oh jeeze…now I’m thinking…there’s too many!! 😉 Can I give you three….cayenne pepper, olive oil and coconut butter. That was hard! 😉

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Karen! I’m so happy to hear that you love my blog, that just makes me so happy :) Haha, definitely too many to choose from, but I love all your choices! :)

  7. Shoshona says

    Issy, Issy!! Happy blog anniversary! When you starting this I was so impressed and inspired and I continue to feel that way.

    Your blogs are always fun, and your photos are beautiful. Plus, I’ve been meaning to tell you that I made the chicken pot pie from way back in the blog as a date activity a month or so ago and it was fun and delicious, so thank for that too. So glad to have you as a friend.

    Oh, and my favorite ingredient to use right now… for work is yogurt, and for cooking at home is onions.

    • She Likes Food says

      Sho!!! Aww, thank you so much! That pot pie is one of my favorites! Eric is always requesting it, so I think I need to make it again soon too! Also, I need to hear more about this date activity that you speak of! My mom mentioned something to that effect about you :) I’m so glad to have you as a friend as well and think we are far due for a catch up!

      Yogurt and onions are two ingredients that I always make sure are well stocked :)

  8. says

    Well happy blogiversary to you my friend! It’s been so fun following along and becoming internet friends : ) These black bean burgers sound delicious! And I love those BBQ sweet potato chips on top. Yum! This is making me miss summer just a little bit : )

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Natalie!! I’m so happy to have met you too and I think it would be so fun to get together someday and enjoy a big glass of wine :)

  9. says

    I won’t enter the competition as I’ve already got the Flavour Bible (love it, too!) but Congrats for reaching a full year of blogging! I’ve certainly enjoyed following along for a good part of that year and will definitely look forward to seeing what you come up with in your second year of blogging! Oh, and thanks for the bb burger recipe …
    P.S. Oh, even tho I’m not entering the comp I’ll tell you what my fave ingredient to cook with is anyway … tomatoes! I know, might sound boring, but they’re so versatile and tasty!

    • She Likes Food says

      Isn’t it awesome, Helen?! Thank you so much! I’m so glad that I have met you through blogging and that makes me so happy that you enjoy reading along!

      Tomatoes are one of my favorites too! So versatile and so delicious!! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Becca! I have yet to try the black bean brownies, but I love them in everything else so I think I need to try them soon :)

  10. says

    Yay, happy happy blog anniversary Izzy! So glad to hear your following your dreams and it’s opening up so many great adventures for you:) Love these black bean burgers , they look amazing especially with those sweet potato chips stacked inside!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Kelly! It really has been such a fun time! A little stressful at times, but mostly awesome :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Ashley! I think we might be the same person! Sweet potatoes and avocados are one of my favorite combinations ever!!

  11. Savanah says

    Well, I was going to leave a comment anyway, but knowing it gets me a giveaway entry is even more incentive! :)
    First of all, congratulations!! It has been such a pleasure reading your blog this year and watching your skills grow. I did click back to revisit that first post, and you’re right– while it looked pretty good then, your photos (and writing) have made huge improvements! I read several food blogs and yours is definitely one of my favorites- and not just because I know you!
    Second- I can’t wait to try these burgers. Yum!!
    Last, favorite ingredient? Currently, I’m OBSESSED with goat cheese. And sweet potatoes. Oh man, I’ve had a lot of good things lately, but I’ll stick with those two!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Savanah!! That makes me so happy that you enjoy reading my blog, because from what I see on facebook, you are quite the cook too! Especially with all those delicious desserts! I remember showing Faune my first post and she mentioned that I probably would want to write more eventually, haha! I guess she was right!

      I’m so obsessed with goat cheese too!! For some reason I used to hate it, but now I could eat it on everyting! Especially sweet potatoes! Thank you so much for your comment :)

      • Savanah says

        Me too! I used to think goat cheese was the worst ever! Then I worked at a nice restaurant, and one of our most popular salads was an arugula with sherry walnut vinaigrette and goat cheese fritters, and it was SOOO good. Then, more recently, my doctor had me off dairy for a while but said goat cheese was ok. I finally bought some on day 4, and it hit the creamy cheesy spot that I’d been so desperate to fill. I’ve been hooked ever since!

  12. says

    Happy one year, Izzy! Hard to believe, eh? Blink! Fav ingredient: Coconut Oil and Olive Oil (I have two, okay?).

    This is a fabulous giveaway,Izzy, but please don’t enter me to win. I have the veg flavor bible and it is an amazing resource for people who love to eat and cook!

    This burger!!! It is so tall and you’ve got so many delicious ingredients in it and on it! Nice work! I am looking forward to hearing about your work with a GF magazine! You’re doing great! Keep at it!

    • She Likes Food says

      Traci! Thank you! I know, it seems like just yesterday I had no idea how to use my camera, haha! I so love both of those ingredients too! I just started using coconut oil recently and I’m really enjoying it! Isn’t it such a great book?! I pretty much use it on a daily basis and it gives me such good inspirations!

      You really do need this burger! My husband even loved them and he is a huge meat eater, and as you know, pretty picky! Although, whenever I make sweet potato fries, he always asks “where are the regular fries?” Someday I’ll get him over to the sweeter side :)

  13. says

    Izzy congrats on your one year blog-a-versary! You have a lot to be proud off, you’re burger pictures are so, so awesome. Your dreams of starting a food photography business are well within your reach!! Pinning :-)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much for the sweet words, Katie! Haha, I sure hope so! Sometimes it seems like it is a little bit crazy, but I have hope :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Jenn!! I love fresh garlic too! Except I used to use so much of it that my husband didn’t want to come near me. I had to tone it down a little, but still enjoy it on pretty much everything :)

  14. Carol Revak says

    I’like be trying your yummy, healthy recipes on my upcoming time off work. You continue to inspire & can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you!

    I think ginger makes many things taste better…Carol

    • She Likes Food says

      Yah! I hope you enjoy then, Carol! Maybe you can bring some in when you get back to work, haha! Thank you so much, Carol!

      I agree! Ginger gives everything such a great flavor :)

  15. says

    Happy Blog Birthday! You have created a wonderful blog, and this black bean and quinoa burger sounds amazing again!
    So bad, I don’t live in the US, and can’t take part in this giveaway….probably next time 😉

  16. says

    Congrats, Izzy — what an accomplishment, and the best is yet to come! I love the sound of this burger, too! I eat vegetarian burgers all the time but have never made my own. Can’t wait to try it! And I have the Flavor Bible and it’s the best book ever!

  17. says

    Hi Izzy! Wishing you a million congrats on your blog anniversary! How exciting. (I know, I missed it by a day, but our boiler/furnace blew up yesterday and, you know, it’s been a little crazy here). I love your photo’s and think you will definitely have much success being a food stylist, I had no idea such a job even existed! How awesome. Your pics always have such stunning visual appeal, you position everything so nice, but in particular, you have nailed how to pair colors. Like that black bean burger pic with the cobolt blue background, lovely! You know how to work those colors for sure! I bet you’re good with picking out clothes =) Favorite ingredient must be rosemary- I just love the flavor it add to food. Awesome giveaway, thanks!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Laura!! Oh my gosh, I’m guessing you are really needing your furnace these days! I turned on the heat today for the first time, haha! Thank you so much for the sweet words! I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you through blogging :) I do love to shop, lol!

      Rosemary is one of my favorites too! I have a plant outside that I just like to run my fingers through and smell it! It makes me so happy :) Stay warm!!

  18. says

    HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOG-AVERSARY IZZY!!! I honestly love reading your blog and oggling over your gorgeous photos! You always post the most creative and unique recipes :) Happy you have gotten to know you through your beautiful blog!!

    And this black bean burger is so simple and delicious – I love it! And are those yours BBQ chips on top of it? #swoon!! Cannot wait to try this burger!! Pinned my friend :) Hope you’re having a great week!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much!!! Aww, thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad I have gotten to know you as well!! You can’t have a black bean burger without sweet potato chips on top, can you?!

  19. Stacy says

    Congratulations Izzy! I cannot wait to try the black bean burger recipe. I love black beans. My favorite ingredient is quinoa. I use it in almost everything.

    • She Likes Food says

      That is a great idea, Farley! My husband doesn’t like cilantro, so I didn’t add any, but I think I need to make two batches next time also and add cilantro to one!

  20. Gail G. says

    This is my first visit to your site, it looks like a lot of fun and good food ideas. Thanks for doing it,
    As for your challenge, it’s hard to pick a favorite food, I love to cook with fresh veges such as Kale, eggplant, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli and others. Supplement with beans or tofu and seasoning for deliciousness.
    Thanks again, I look forward to being inspired by your creativity.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Gail! I’m so glad you stopped by! I love cooking with fresh veggies too, they seem to freshen up everything you add them too!

  21. says

    I just found your blog thanks to Finding Vegan and these look amazing! This is exactly the kind of black bean burger recipe I’ve been looking for. So many recipes require chopping up a lot of vegetables and herbs, but the salsa takes away the need for that. I’ll be making these soon!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Carie! I’m so glad you found my blog! I love using salsa in recipes because it really is like 5 different ingredients in one! I hope you enjoy these :)

  22. Sara says

    Going to try the burgers for sure because beans are by far one of my favorite foods! To eat, cook, bake, soup, stew, blend….my family says I will turn into one soon :)
    Thank you!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Sara! Black beans are one of my favorite foods too! I could eat them everyday! Would that be a bad thing to turn into a bean?! Haha!

  23. says

    This recipe is delicious….. I’ve tried a few of your creations now and have been happy each time. Congratulations on allowing yourself to follow your passion and move forward successfully and for all the photos. They are irrestible…
    With heartfelt thanks…. Ocean

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Ocean! Thank you so much for you kind words! Your comment really made my day and made me so happy! I’m so glad that you’ve tried some of my recipes and enjoyed them, that is awesome to hear! :)

  24. victoria says

    This is the first of your recipes that ive seen & i can say the 2nd will be the bbq sweet potato chips..ive never been a fan of sweet potatoes but with the bbq seasoning & being crispy these look like something i could definitely eat…as far as a favorite ingredient i guess ill go with adobo seasoning….i had to purchase it recently for a recipe & it was the first time i had used it & ive added it to about everything i could add it to since then….& it will probably be added to the black bean burger recipe & likely the chips too!…my daughter loves it & requests it on some foods as well..i’ll be adding these recipes to my vegetarian/vegan recipe book that im putting together so that when i make the transition from eating meat ill still have plenty of delicious food choices

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Victoria! Thanks so much for stopping by! I used to hate sweet potatoes when I was younger, but now I love them and put them in pretty much everything!

      I don’t think I’ve ever used adobo seasoning before, but I think I need to find some! I have a lot of spices that I buy for one recipe and end up loving and putting into everything! There are so many awesome vegan/veggie recipes out there that you will never go hungry if you give up meat! My husband is a big meat eater, but he always loves the veggie burgers I make!

  25. Elsy says

    Hi Izzy….first time visitor and I like what I’m seeing here! Congrats on the one year anniversary, I’m sure tons of work went into getting to this point.

    One of my favorite ingredients is brown rice. By itself, it isn’t too exciting but it plumps up a salad nicely. It is also a great base for a yummy stew or thrown together with black or pinto beans and rolled up in a corn toetilla, it is delicious!

    One additional favorite is Herbe de provence sea salt from William Sonoma. Oh my, this might actually qualify as an obsession…I put it in on most everything I eat right now!

    Keep up the excellent work!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Elsy! Thanks so much for checking my site out! I actually used to really hate brown rice, but I’ve been using it a lot more these days and have grown to really love it! It is so hearty and really does go great in salads! I even use it in a few other of my veggie burger recipes :)

      I have never heard of Herbe de provence sea salt before, but I think I need to get my hands on some right now! I can see that salt becoming one of my new obsessions too!

  26. Nanci J Williams says

    Congratulations on ur 1 yr anmiversary!
    I love ur recipes!
    My favorite cooking items right now are, okra, cumin, garbonzo beans, lemon pepper & tofu!
    Would be SOOOO excited to win the spice book!! Thank you for the contest!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Nanci!! I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with okra before! I love pickled okra though, so I think I need to find some and use it! Thanks so much for commenting! Good luck :)

  27. says

    What a great, healthy meal ! Love black bean burgers and this sweet potato chips sounds like a great addition! Congrats on 1 yr blogging! Your recipes and pictures are stunning!

    • She Likes Food says

      I love cooking with quinoa too, but have never tried it in chocolate cake before! What a great idea, Lyn!

  28. says

    I don’t cook nearly as much as I’d like to… Working on it! But my favorite ingredients when cooking are garlic and onions! Looking for some fresh ideas for healthy seasoning so this book would be great! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Kim! I love garlic and onions too! Once I burned one of the belts out in the vacuum cleaner and it made the house smell horrible so I cooked up some garlic and onions in a pan so my husband wouldn’t smell the bad vacuum smell!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Marianne! Me too! I never liked them growing up, but I’ve recently learned to embrace them :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  29. lisa says

    Happy blog-anniversary! I just started following you and I look forward seeing more posts!

    I love using rosemary on veggies and potatos. The smell of fresh rosemary is wonderful!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Lisa!! Thanks so much for checking my blog out! the smell of rosemary is soooo good! I just bought a rosemary plant and love running my finger through it and smelling them :)

  30. Laura Bodenmann says

    my favorite ingredient to cook with…cinnamon and nutmeg for baking…vinegar for lots of other things….would love to win this Flavor Bible to learn more about putting different spices and ingredients together…

    • She Likes Food says

      This book is seriously so helpful when it comes to pairing different flavors together! I’m a huge fan of vinegar too! Good luck :)

  31. Kathleen says

    Congrats on the blog! I love using ginger when I can, even if it’s just boiling water with ginger when I’m sick. I have always loved the flavor and it’s super healthy.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Kathleen! Ginger is such a great ingredient! I love adding it to soups and always try to have some fresh ginger on hand :)

  32. kristin says

    Izzy so excited about your year aniversary. I enjoy reading the recipes and the l loozing at the pictures. Lots of good ideas. So tonight after reading your blog, I was trying to think of one of my favorite ingrediants as there are many. So while squeezing lemons for dinner it came to me, lemons. Have always liked them even in college when I would make salad dressing with the wedges in the cafeteria. Here is to your success!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Kristin! I’m so glad you enjoy reading a long! I love lemons too! I always try to have some on hand for squeezing into water or putting on salads! I hope you and Dave have a great New Years and a wonderful 2015!

  33. Nancy Giacobbi says

    I love sweet potatoes.
    I really need to win the Flavor Bible….I am just starting to cook & really need your help.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Nancy! I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes and have been putting them in everything lately! So glad you love Cheeto :) Happy New Year!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Pri, You can definitely freeze these. I think it would be best to freeze them after you form them into patties but before you cook them. :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Sherry, unfortunately I don’t have that information but there are sites such as My Fitness Pal where you can find it. I don’t include that information because some people use different types of ingredients and it might not be accurate for everyone. I hope that helps!

    • She Likes Food says

      They do! I would recommend freezing them before you cook them and then thawing and throwing on the stove :)


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