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Gluten-Free Black Bean Burgers

A black bean burger on a plate next to a bowl of guacamole.

This gluten-free black bean burger is perfect for any vegetarians with celiac, or folks looking to incorporate more vegetables into their diet. Try making it for the next summer barbecue, and customize it with whichever toppings you prefer. 

This recipe is provided by our friends at the Gluten-Free Palate


Yields six burgers

  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ green bell pepper, minced
  • ½ white or yellow onion, minced
  • ¼ cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • GF buns, for serving

Plus any other toppings you like on your burger, like cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, guacamole, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 325F°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the beans evenly on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes to dry them out.
  3. In the meantime, cook the peppers and onions in a skillet over medium heat until the onions are transparent and the peppers tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and transfer to a food processor.
  4. Add the dried beans to the food processor and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
  5. Transfer the mix to a large bowl, add the cumin, sweet paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, egg, and breadcrumbs, and mix with your hands until everything is well-combined.
  6. Measure ½ cup of the mix into your palms, then roll into a ball and flatten into a patty. Place on top of the baking sheet, then repeat until mix is gone (should yield about 6 regular-sized patties, or 12 sliders)
  7. After forming all the patties, refrigerate them for 30 minutes or more before cooking. This firms up the patties and prevents them from falling apart during cooking.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  9. Assemble the burgers with patties, buns, and favorite toppings. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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