Vegetarian Black Bean & Brown Rice Burgers

Vegetarian Black Bean & Brown Rice Burgers

For a while now, I’ve had a hankering to try my hand at making a nice, healthy black bean burger as part of my 50 in 15 Challenge. Well tonight, I finally gave it a shot. I found a great recipe from the Beachbody Blog that I ended up using. It’s vegetarian-friendly, is a great source of protein, and is an amazing (and dare I say, better tasting) substitute for many meat-based burgers. The process of making these burgers is pretty straightforward and easy, but I will warn you that it gets a bit sticky once you start to form the patties. Trust me though, it’s well worth it, as the end result is nothing short of phenomenal.


  • 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed
  • 2 c. cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Whole-grain buns
  • Toppings, as desired (e.g. tomato slice, lettuce, onion, pickles)


  1. Preheat grill or broiler to high.
  2. Place mashed beans, rice, onion, tomato paste, spices, and cheese in a food processor and pulse until well blended. Form into 6 patties (or less/more depending on how large you want each patty to be).
  3. Grill or broil patties for 4-5 mins per side, or until cooked to your liking.
  4. Place each patty on a bottom bun and top with toppings of your choice.


Like I mentioned above, the main thing to note for this recipe is that things get a bit sticky when you form the patties after mixing in the food processor. And since I was just cooking for myself tonight, I actually only cooked 2 of the patties, and ended up freezing the other 4 for later. I’m not entirely sure how they’ll turn out after thawing and cooking, but hopefully they’ll be OK.

So there you have it. A great, healthy, vegetarian-friendly black bean burger recipe. It’s definitely a flavorful burger alternative worth making.

Bon Appétit!


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