Chipotle Black Bean Burgers


Chipotle Black Bean Burgers taste like Morningstar Farm’s version, except they’re fresher, and even tastier!


Ben and I have a fun game called every Sunday I ask him what he wants for dinner during the upcoming week, then he responds with one of the following:

“Salmon! With lemon! AND MASHED POTATOES!!” (Enough with the lemon salmon with mashed potatoes! I shriek inside my head.)

A gigantic smile (which means he wants BBQ Chicken Quesadillas.)

“I don’t knoooow. I can’t THINK!” as he puts his head between his hands and squeezes his eyes shut. (Sheesh, it’s as if I’ve asked him to solve America’s debt crisis or something!)

This Sunday, however, was different. On the way home from Ohio yesterday, when he had a 13.5 hour drive to think about it (barf!) Ben had a new response to my weekly challenge:

“Something vegetarian.”

“Oh really!?” I asked, not quite sure I had heard my meat and potatoes husband right, then wondering if I should check his wrist for a pulse or cheeks for a fever.

“Yes.” he said, firm in his request. “I’m going to eat vegetarian for the next 10 days!”

Ummm, OK.”

I’m not quite sure what brought this on, or how long it’s going to last (especially with a giant vat of my Aunt’s famous Italian sausages in the fridge that we brought back with us!) but for now I will happily deliver on his request for something vegetarian for dinner, with Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. :)


Creamy black beans join smoky chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to create a vegetarian burger that is truly unique and satisfying. The smoky chipotle pepper flavor sets these babies apart from any other bean burger I’ve tried.

Ben’s actually the one who turned me on to the flavor combo. We were at Costco a couple weekends ago, on our tour de sample Saturday, when he spied some Chipotle Morningstar Farms Burgers being demonstrated nearby. Before I could tell him it was a veggie burger, he had popped a piece in his mouth and was raving about it’s flavor. I liked it just as much, so I decided to make this version at home!


Start the Chipotle Black Bean Burgers by assembling zee ingredients:

  • Canned black beans
  • Red onion
  • Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (available in the ethnic foods aisle!)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Cumin
  • Canned corn (or fresh or frozen)
  • Chunky salsa
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Egg white


Begin by draining then rinsing 1 can black beans, then placing half the can into a food processor.


To the beans add 1/4 small red onion that’s been roughly chopped, and 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce plus 2 teaspoons of the Adobo sauce. CPAS are smoked jalapenos that are wonderfully smoky, and not super spicy. They come in a can and the leftovers can be frozen like tomato paste, or used in dishes like the Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken Salad I made a few weeks ago!

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Next add 2 garlic cloves, plus 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

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Process the ingredients until they’re fairly smooth, scraping the sides a couple of times if you need to. PS you could totally use a potato masher to smash the beans, and finely mince the onion, chipotle pepper, and garlic if you don’t have a food processor!


Scoop the bean mixture into a big bowl, then add the other half of the can of beans on top.


Next add 3/4 cup corn kernels, 1/4 cup chunky salsa3/4 cups panko bread crumbs, and 1 egg white.

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Shape the black bean mixture, which will be wet, don’t be scared, into 4 patties while you heat a large skillet over medium heat.


Spray the skillet generously with non-stick spray, then slap the patties on and let them cook for 5-6 minutes a side, or until they’re firm on the inside, and golden brown on the outside.


Resist the urge to flip or remove the patties at the first sight of browning. They need a good 5-6 minutes on each side to not only cook the egg, but also to make sure the patties don’t fall apart.


While the patties are doin’ their thang, smash up 1 avocado, garlic powder, salt & pepper in a small bowl with a potato masher.


Place the cooked burgers on a toasted bun (I used a Thin Bun,) then slather with mashed avocado and salsa, if you please!


Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

Serves 4


Chipotle Black Bean Burgers taste like Morningstar Farm's version, except they're fresher, and even tastier!


  • 1-15oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/4 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, plus 2-3 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels (canned, fresh, or thawed)
  • 1/4 cup bottled chunky salsa, plus more for topping the burgers
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 avocado
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 buns, toasted


  1. Combine half the black beans in a food processor with the red onion, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce plus extra sauce, garlic, cumin and salt. Pulse until nearly smooth, scraping the sides if needed. (Alternatively you could mash the black beans with a potato masher and mince the onion, chipotle pepper, and garlic.) Remove mixture to a bowl then add remaining black beans, corn, salsa, panko bread crumbs, and egg white, then mix well with a spatula. Mixture will be wet.
  2. Heat a large flat-top skillet over medium heat then generously spray with non-stick spray. Shape the bean mixture into four patties then cook the patties for 5-6 minutes a side, or until firm and golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, mash the avocado with garlic powder, salt & pepper in a small bowl. Place the cooked burgers on toasted buns, then top with the mashed avocado and extra salsa, if desired.


Adapted from

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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These veggie burgers are creamy and satisfying with so much smoky flavor.


Not to mention they’re incredibly inexpensive (beans are much cheaper than ground beef!) and the nutritionals are fantastic. Each patty clocks in at 215 calories, 5g fat, 8g fiber, and 11g of protein!


Day 1 of vegetarian suppers was a smashing success. I’ll let you know how the next 8 days go…



How similar (or not!) are you and your mate’s appetites?

Ben’s always willing to try anything I cook, but prefers a standard meat & potatoes meal over tofu, for instance!

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  1. These are by far my favorite type of veggie burgers! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  2. Lindsey 06.18.2012

    I cannot complain, my husband will eat whatever I cook and rarely ask for anything else. However I do make sure to make pizza every other week for him which is his only request!

  3. Kristin 06.18.2012

    My boyfriend and I have been living together for about a year, and he does almost all of the cooking. He’s great at it and loves it! We like to eat healthy and he’s very into cooking from scratch and using lots of vegetables, good meats, etc. The one thing we used to differ more on was the amount of carbs we eat (him more, me less). A few months ago, he heard a presentation from doctors at work about the benefits of decreasing carb intake. Ever since then, he focuses more on protein and veggies. Funny, just like Ben, he once declared a no-meat week for us (after a rather heavy weekend of eating). It was great, but it made me laugh because he loves meat so much!

  4. Jessica 06.18.2012

    Yum yum yum! I have been looking for a homemade veggie burger recipe to try, and this looks just perfect! My boyfriend and I have similar eating habits, especially since I started eating red meat again (in moderation) and we just love cooking together (perfect date night)! Also I love love love you blog! I started following pretty regularly after I discovered one of your chicken salad recipes and you never disappoint! Keep up the great work!

  5. I’m a vegetarian but my boyfriend’s a bit of a carnivore. Luckily he’s also a good sport and doesn’t mind eating veggie most of the time. Sometimes if I’m making tofu or something that I can easily replace with meat, I’ll make a chicken version for him, and the rest of the time he just eats veggie. It ends up working pretty well :)

  6. Amy 06.18.2012

    Do you think that these would freeze well? My husband wouldn’t think of eating these let alone actually do it. But I’d love to make these! They look delicious!!!

  7. Jodie 06.18.2012

    These look amazing!!!! 5-6 minutes though not 56? Just wanna make sure :)

  8. These look like another winner from IGE! I love that the ingredient list isn’t a mile long, which is how i normally feel about black bean burgers. I can always count on you to keep it simple and delicious! Just finished a variation of your lightened up meatball subs…. holy moly!

  9. I’ve been wanting to make a black bean burger for a while. Looking forward to trying these!

  10. Lindsey B. 06.18.2012

    Sounds yummy! My husband and I are usually on the same page… however, there is 1 ingredient that differs. I love Rotel to help spice things up… my husband can detect it a mile away, and HATES it! :) Goof.

  11. Sara Grambusch 06.18.2012

    Gosh that looks satisfying. Amazing pictures.

  12. Lauren 06.18.2012

    OMG! Now that’s my kind of burger! I think I might have to add that to this weeks menu! I’ve used the CPAS in Chicken Burgers but black beans, corn & guacamole…now that just sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love it — these look absolutely incredible!! After Thanksgiving last year, my husband (also a meat and potatoes kind of guy) proposed something called “power week” where we ate all veg. We reintroduce it every so often when we’ve over indulged. It feels awesome! Good luck with your power week :)

  14. Michelle 06.18.2012

    Whatever you do, do NOT try to make the sweet potatoe burgers that are on Pintrest. Been there done that = no good!

  15. Jv 06.18.2012

    My husband and I have pretty similar tastes (and we’re not overly picky so that helps) — just keep onions away from him! We are all for Mexican, BBQ, sushi, you name it :) foodies through and through.

  16. As a former vegetarian, I’ve had my fair share of black bean burgers and these look incredible. I can’t wait to try!

  17. Kathleen Welch 06.18.2012

    My husband and I have very similar tastes….we differ on mushrooms, I love them, him, not so much! We try to eat lots of veggies and try new things as much as possible. My kids are 2 and 6 and they both love to try new things.

    These look great, I’m putting them on the weekly menu. I have the same weekly discussion with my husband too!

  18. Barbara Miehls 06.18.2012

    How does it compare to the Costco Burger? They’re pretty good….

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.19.2012

      They’re not as firm as the Morningstar Farms burger, because they don’t have rice in them, but the taste is very similar!

  19. Aggie 06.18.2012

    Loving these!! They look delish & love that you served them on a sandwich thin. My hubby is a total carnivore and I’m pretty much the opposite. Makes for interesting meal planning.

  20. These look amazing! I wonder if I could get my hubby to eat them!?!

    We have the same conversation on Sundays at our house…usually the reply I get is something that can get grilled! :)

  21. Jessica 06.18.2012

    OMG, Im making these this week.

  22. Tree 06.18.2012

    Definitely trying these! I love black beans and avocado! YUM

  23. lauren 06.18.2012

    My husband decided he wanted to try vegetarian for 90 days. We’re on day 4 and so far it’s awesome! He’s very much a meat & potatoes type of guy and I have been urging him to try this for years. I’m really excited about it!

  24. Beki Cook's Cakes 06.18.2012

    These look so good. Thank you for this recipe!

  25. Shannan 06.19.2012

    It’s so funny that you made those yesterday! I was thinking of making something similar today, and I was going to look up a basic method. We’re on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, so I’ll have to eliminate the bread crumbs, corn and substitute the salsa, but I get the gist of it. Oh, and the bun will have to be lettuce. :)

  26. Sounds delicious for this burger recipe! It’s make me hungry :) i can’t wait to eat this!

  27. Jackie 06.19.2012

    These look delicious! I’ve recently turned vegan so now I’m trying to figure out what to use to bind them together instead of the egg white. But I can’t wait to try these out! Especially when sweet corn is in season!!

  28. I have pretty much everything I need to make these burgers, sounds like destiny to me! I’m saving this recipe!

    • Char 02.20.2015

      1 egg = 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed stirred together in 3 Tbsp. water. Let rest 5 mins. Thickens to consistency of 1 egg.

      Use this in baked goods too, like corn bread :)

      Have found ground flax at Trader Joe’s.

      • Jonas 08.03.2015

        Thanks! Worked perfectly!

  29. Yummm!! These look fantastic! Just another one of your awesome recipes I am adding to my recipe list :)

  30. these look awesome! I would agree to vegetarian for 10 days if things like this were put in front of me :)

  31. Sara 06.19.2012

    Trying these tonight-thanks for another great recipe!

  32. Lauren T 06.19.2012

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try a black bean burger for the longest time, but haven’t ever come across a recipe that sounded so good! I think both my man and I would like this :) He’s usually not picky though. I’m the picky one haha

  33. Kim 06.19.2012

    If you seriously post 10 days of vegetarian dinners you might be my hero. Not only am I trying to be a bit more on the veg side, but my bf’s mom and sister are visiting from Costa Rica in a month and they’re vegetarian. I’d like to make them something other than pasta every night. :)


  34. Melissa 06.19.2012

    made these last night… soooo yummy! My husband and I both devoured them :)

  35. Erika 06.19.2012

    Ahh! Our tastes are so different. He is so a meat and potatoes guy and no veggies. I’m working on him though :)

  36. I’ve been wanting to make my own veggie burgers forever, but either haven’t found a recipe or was too lazy. This recipe looks delicious and simple to follow. They are much more fresh than the frozen, pre-made ones at the grocery store which are still full of preservatives. I will definitely have to try it out.

  37. Krystal 06.19.2012

    These look delicious! Whenever I make black bean burgers, no matter how long I cook them they seem to be so mushy!! Do these firm up at all, or are black bean burgers just mushy? Haven’t had much luck yet and although the recipe wasn’t the same as this one I still cooked them the same way you did. Ideas?? Maybe I should just give these ones a go :) However, I think my boyfriend has given up on my veggie burger making capabilities as i’ve already made a few too many mushy ones…

  38. Katie 06.19.2012

    These look great! What kind of food processor do you have? I’ve been trying to decide which brand and model to purchase.

  39. Love black bean burgers! You should try adding a bit of Sriracha in them! Super yum!

  40. Tracy 06.19.2012

    Do your nutritional stats include the avocado and/or bun? I can’t figure how they could be 215 cals without one or the other.

  41. Stephanie 06.19.2012

    I brought a food processor just to indulge my black bean burger obsession. By the time I got the food processor the obsession was gone but I have a reason to go back now.

  42. Michelle 06.19.2012

    I am a fellow Iowan and I love reading your blog! Your post today completely blew me away! I can’t wait to try these with my meat-loving husband. I think he will enjoy them VERY much! :)

  43. Eve Pautsch 06.19.2012

    I adore black bean burgers cannot wait to try this recipe!

  44. Delia 06.19.2012

    I just tried the Morningstar Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (and Costco) for the first time yesterday and I loved this burger! Yours obvi looks so fresh with the guac. and corn added. I’ll have to try these; it’s still a wee bit early for our corn in New England though hopefully it will be ‘ripe’ soon!

  45. Clara 06.19.2012

    Can we be friends? I would love to come over and make those with you and talk to you about… things… you seem so nice and I adore your Friday Favourites!

  46. Allison 06.19.2012

    I just found this and thought I’d share your shout out!!

  47. Christell 06.19.2012

    Question: I don’t like eggs, so do you have any recommendations for an egg replacement? I’ve heard you could use tahini instead, but how much should I use and where can I find tahini in stores?

    My husband and I couldn’t be more different when it comes to food. He’s a meat eater and I’m vegetarian, so agreeing on what to eat can sometimes be a PIA.
    I came across your blog last summer, and I’ve been a faitful reader ever since! Thanks for sharing all of the great recipes :)

  48. Katie 06.19.2012

    I made these for dinner tonight! They were sooo delicious. I didn’t have any chipotle peppers but had all the other ingredients so I didn’t want to make a trip to the store for just one thing. Instead of the peppers and adobo sauce I splashed in some hot pepper sauce and used this Trader Joe’s spice grinder: It added just the perfect amount of smokiness.

    I recently found your blog linked from another blog and immediately started reading the archives. And then immediately made your quinoa veggie skillet for dinner. It was so yummy that I made it for my vegetarian dad for Father’s Day. Everyone wanted the recipe! Keep up the wonderful cooking, and thank you for your recipes…I can’t wait to try out some more!

  49. Alicia 06.19.2012

    I have been following your blog for awhile and just recently I have become vegetarian, so I am sooo excited to see what you come up with!!

  50. Bethany 06.20.2012

    I made these last night… and I hate beans. I ate two The boy said “you can’t call it a burger if it doesn’t have meat in it” when I delivered him one at work… He came home and asked for another and said he was going to make them again later this week. You have converted us :-)

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