Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

Ready to turn up the heat on burger night? These chipotle black bean burgers are a must try, where smoky chipotle meets hearty black beans for a spicy, satisfying twist.
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Chipotle black bean burgers in buns with barbecue sauce.
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If you’re looking to spice up your burger routine, these Chipotle Black Bean Burgers are just the ticket! Made with hearty black beans and infused with the smoky heat of chipotle peppers, these burgers are not only delicious but also wonderfully nutritious.

This recipe brings together a medley of spices, legumes, and vegetables to create a burger that’s bursting with flavor and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, these burgers will satisfy your cravings and bring a zesty twist to your dining table.

Ready in just a few steps, and perfect for meal prep and preparing in advance, they are ideal for a quick weeknight dinner. Let’s get cooking and make your burger night stand out with these mouthwatering chipotle black bean burgers!

Chipotle black bean burgers served on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and BBQ sauce.

Why You’ll Love These Burgers

These black bean burger offers a deliciously wholesome alternative to traditional beef burgers. Made with hearty black beans, savory spices, and wholesome ingredients, it’s a satisfying choice for plant-based eaters and meat-lovers alike. It’s also the perfect dupe for MorningStar’s chipotle black bean burgers!

These burgers are also packed with protein! One cup of black beans contains 15 grams of protein while a cup of brown rice has 5 grams. When beans and rice are eaten together, they contain all nine essential amino acids to form a complete source of protein! And what more delicious way to enjoy them than in this chipotle black bean burger?

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Having a simple, go-to burger recipe is so important, especially during the warmer months! This recipe calls for ingredients that are easily found in your kitchen cabinet or grocery aisle including beans and brown rice, which we love! Since this vegan black bean burger recipe is gluten-free by default, it’s great for those who are sensitive to wheat. 

Ingredients for vegan chipotle black bean burgers, with labels.
  • Cooked Brown Rice: Brown rice adds texture and helps bind the ingredients together in the burger mixture. You can substitute cooked quinoa or bulgur for a different grain option, or use breadcrumbs for a firmer texture.
  • Black Beans: Canned black beans provide protein and a hearty texture to the burgers. If you prefer, you can use cooked lentils, chickpeas, or kidney beans instead of black beans for variation.
  • Onion: Chopped sweet or yellow onion adds flavor and moisture to the burger mixture. Feel free to use red onion or shallots for a different flavor profile, or omit the onion if preferred.
  • Smashed Potato: Microwaved smashed potato helps bind the ingredients together and adds moisture to the burgers. Any type of potato (red, gold, russet, yellow) works well. Alternatively, you can use mashed sweet potato or cooked pumpkin for a different flavor.
  • Cornmeal: Cornmeal acts as a binder and helps absorb excess moisture in the burger mixture. If you don’t have cornmeal, you can use breadcrumbs, rolled oats, or ground flaxseed as alternatives.
  • Vegan Barbecue Sauce: Vegan barbecue sauce adds flavor and sweetness to the burgers. You can use your favorite brand or substitute with ketchup, tomato paste, or even salsa for a fun twist.
  • Chipotle Powder: Chipotle powder adds smoky heat and depth of flavor to the burgers. If you don’t have chipotle powder, you can use chili powder for a milder flavor.
  • Liquid Smoke: Liquid smoke adds a smoky flavor to the burgers. If you prefer, you can omit it or substitute with smoked paprika for a similar effect.
  • Agave Nectar: For a little sweetness to balance it all out, we like to add a little agave nectar. Feel free to use maple syrup or vegan honey as well.
  • Cooked Frozen Corn: Cooked frozen corn adds texture and sweetness to the burgers. You can substitute with fresh or canned corn kernels.

How To Make Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

Here’s the step-by-step process for making these yummy chipotle black bean burgers.

Chipotle burger ingredients added to a food processor except the corn.
Corn being added to the food processor filled with chipotle black bean mixture.

Step 1: Combine the cooked rice, beans, onion, potato, cornmeal, barbecue sauce, garlic powder, chipotle powder, liquid smoke, salt, and agave nectar in a food processor. Pulse until chunky, then add the corn and pulse briefly.

Step 2: Avoid over-pulsing to maintain texture. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) to enhance flavors and firm up the mixture.

Step 3: Shape the black bean burger mixture into thick patties of your desired size. Refer to recipe notes for creative shaping options.

Step 4: Cook the patties either on the stovetop or in the oven. Both processes are below.

Chipotle black bean burger patties cooking in a skillet.

Stovetop Cooking: Heat a nonstick or well-oiled pan over medium heat. Cook each patty for 15 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and crispy. If the patty doesn’t lift easily with a spatula, let it cook longer.

Oven Baking: Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake for 25 minutes on each side, checking at 20 minutes to avoid overcooking.

Allow patties to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Preparation Tips

  • Prepare the burger mixture in advance and refrigerate it overnight for easy shaping and cooking the next day!
  • Cook your preferred potato in the microwave or oven (avoid boiling as it adds excess moisture). To microwave, halve the potato lengthwise, place it in a microwave-safe bowl with a tablespoon or two of water, cover with a paper towel, and microwave in 5-minute intervals until soft enough to mash with a fork. Measure the potato by mashing it into a measuring cup.

How to Serve It Up

Whoever said eating bean burgers had to be boring? We have so many wonderful suggestions for spicing and sprucing up your black bean burger that you’ll find yourself planning burger nights every week.

  • Go Gluten-Free – Can’t do gluten? No worries! Just whip out your favorite gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap since the patty is already naturally free of wheat!
  • Crank Up the Spice With Queso – This buffalo queso recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy your red bean burger! Spicy, creamy, and so easy to whip up with just a few simple ingredients.
  • Toppings Galore – There are so many toppings you can add to your chipotle black bean burger to make it even more delicious! Want a meatier feel? Throw on some portobello or button mushrooms. Feeling cheesy? Break out your favorite vegan cheese to slap onto your patty. Want some zing? How about some delicious pickled pink onion to change it up!
  • Fries – What burger is complete without a side of fries? Keep it on the sweet side with these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries or get corny with these delicious Herbed Vegan Polenta Fries. Or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even fry up some vegan onion rings to enjoy!
  • Side Salads – If you’re a big fan of salad, then we’ve got you covered. Pining for pasta? Peep our Fresh Picnic Pasta Salad or Super Easy Vegan Pasta Salad. Loading up on lettuce? Check out our How to Make a Vegan Superhero Salad for endless ideas.
Chipotle black bean burger in a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and vegan BBQ sauce.

How to Store Your Black Bean Burgers

One of the best things about this recipe is how great it is for meal prepping! You can easily freeze these patties in an airtight container for at least three months. They’re perfect for packing in a lunch or popping in the microwave if you’re tight on time.

If you’re looking to bulk-freeze, place the burgers on a flat tray and let them cool completely. Once cool, stick the entire tray in the freezer until the burgers are frozen solid in about 3-4 hours. Take the tray out of the freezer and put the burgers in a freezer-safe container. When the craving hits, just take your patty out to reheat and enjoy!

Two chipotle bean burgers served in buns with toppings.


Are chipotle black bean burgers healthy?

Yes, chipotle black bean burgers can be a healthy option when made with wholesome ingredients and prepared in a balanced way. Black beans are rich in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, while ingredients like brown rice and vegetables provide additional vitamins and minerals. By choosing whole grain buns or serving the burgers over a bed of greens, you can further boost their nutritional value. However, like any food, it’s important to enjoy them as part of a varied and balanced diet. Be mindful of portion sizes and the amount of added fats or condiments used in preparation.

What is a black bean burger made of?

A black bean burger is typically made from mashed black beans mixed with ingredients such as cooked grains (like rice or quinoa), onions, garlic, and various seasonings. This mixture is formed into patties and cooked until golden brown and crispy, creating a delicious plant-based alternative to traditional burgers.

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Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

5 from 8 votes
Packed with protein-rich black beans, smoky chipotle, and a blend of spices, this vegetarian recipe promises flavorful and satisfying burgers. These bold chipotle black bean burgers are perfect for weeknight stovetop cooking — or meal prep a batch and freeze them for easy dinners!
Chipotle black bean burgers in buns with barbecue sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
To chill the mixture 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 patties


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped sweet or yellow onion, save some rings of onion to use as an optional topping
  • ¼ cup microwaved smashed potato, any type (red, gold, russet, yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon vegan barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • ¼ cup cooked frozen corn, defrosted to room temp or fresh corn

To Serve

  • 4 to 5 buns
  • lightly grilled rings of sweet or yellow onion
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • vegan barbecue sauce


  • Advanced Prep (Optional): You can make the burger "batter" ahead of time (Step 2 and 3) and let it rest in the fridge overnight so they're ready to shape and cook for dinner!
  • Advanced Prep: Cook your potato of choice in the microwave or oven (boiling it will add too much moisture). To cook the potato(es) in the microwave, slice them in half lengthwise and place in a microwave safe bowl with a tablespoon or two of water. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 5 minute increments until the potato is soft enough to smash with a fork. Measure the potato by mashing it into the measuring cup.
  • Add the cooked rice, beans, onion, potato, cornmeal, barbecue sauce, garlic powder, chipotle powder, liquid smoke, salt and agave nectar in a food processor. Pulse a few times until chunky. Add the corn and pulse a few more times. Don’t pulse too long or the mixture will become overly soft and will be hard to form into patties.
  • Place in a bowl, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight). This helps all the flavors marinate and leads to a sturdier burger.
  • Shape the black bean burger mixture into thick patties—any size you choose. See the recipe notes below for some creative options!

Stovetop Cooking

  • Heat a nonstick or well oiled pan over medium heat. Cook each patty on the pan for 15 minutes (or until lightly browned and crispy), flip, and cook the other side for another 15 minutes. Tip: If you try to slide your spatula under a patty and it doesn't lift up easily, then it isn’t ready—let it cook longer.

Oven Baking

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and bake for 25 minutes on each side, checking at 20 minutes to prevent overcooking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set for 5 minutes before handling.

To Serve

  • Serve on buns with the toppings of your choice.


  • Potatoes: Any type of starchy potato works (red, russet, gold, etc.). Cook the potato in the microwave or oven. I don’t recommend boiling it because it makes the potato too wet. Measure the potato by mashing it into the measuring cup.
  • Make Black Bean Sliders: Make patties into a smaller slider size or into nuggets. Serve sauce on the side as a dipper.
  • Have fun with shapes: Use large cookie cutters to cut your patties into shapes—like stars, hearts, or even dinosaurs! 


Calories: 1444kcal | Carbohydrates: 264g | Protein: 91g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 660mg | Potassium: 3758mg | Fiber: 90g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 22mg
Course — dinner, Lunch
Cuisine — American
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Recipe Rating

  1. 5 stars
    YUM! Big burger fan over here!!!

  2. 5 stars
    WOW This burger is amazing! I want it right now hahaha

  3. 5 stars
    I always prefer bean and rice burgers over plant based meat substitutes, so this is the perfect recipe for anyone who is like me. The texture is excellent and the BBQ sauce is so good! This is now my favorite new veggie burger recipe and I could eat them every day of the week. Yum!

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    These burgers are so incredible!!! Need to make them again! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Helloooooo burgers!! I’ve been feeling a little turned off by the super meaty vegan burgers these days so a wholesome homemade recipe is very welcome. Yum!

  6. 5 stars
    I love black bean burgers and this one is great! The sauce has just the right amount of sweet and spicy. Mmmmm.

  7. 5 stars
    What a great recipe! I love how accessible all of these ingredients are and I can’t wait to try making my own bbq sauce!

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