Black Bean Burgers with Herbed Avocado Sauce

Almost every time I’m going to a barbeque party or a picnic, I’m bringing veggie burgers. It’s incredible how meat-eaters think there are so few options for vegetarians at these parties, and they cannot see beyond the plain salads and vegetables on the grill. So I manage to surprise everyone each time I bring something healthy with me, but still delicious, textured, and versatile.

These black bean burgers were nothing less. You could easily trick someone to think they’re made out of meat, because of their taste, texture, and color, while their composition is a real blessing for your digestive system. Black beans are a great choice when it comes to a hearty but very healthy meal:

– They provide great support for our intestines’ activity, especially the colon, feeding the good bacteria, helping them keep a properly functioning digestive tract and lowering the risk of colon cancer.

– They are packed with fibers, another key ingredient for the health of the digestive system, and molybdenum, a mineral that activates the enzymes responsible for the detoxification of the blood, maintaining its antioxidant capacity.

– Their main protein and fiber composition regulates the blood sugar levels, preventing the risk of diabetes.


Soaking black beans overnight before cooking removes some of their starch and activates their enzymes, and this is definitely the best way to prepare the black beans. Using canned black beans is also an option, as most of their nutrients are preserved intact, but make sure the cans you pick do not contain preservatives, additives or extra salt.


For the black bean burger recipe, I decided to pair them with a delicious herbed avocado sauce, not only for adding minerals to the whole combination, but for replacing the classic mayonnaise with a healthy and delicious sauce.


Baked Black Bean Burgers with Herbed Avocado Sauce

A delicious veggie burger recipe, paired with creamy avocado sauce, bathed in fresh lime juice.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Vegetarian
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Ana


  • 2 cups black beans cooked or canned
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander
  • A handful mint leaves
  • Fresh juice from 2 limes
  • Burger buns for assembling


  • Preheat the oven at 175°C/347°F.
  • Wash the aromatic herbs with plenty of water and drain well.
  • Wash the canned black beans with plenty of water, drain well and place in the food processor, together with the bread crumbs and olive oil.
  • Pulse one or two times; don't over process, because you need texture for making the burgers.
  • Transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
  • Add the egg, parsley, onion and garlic, and mix with an wooden spoon, to combine.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Use your hands to shape little black bean balls, line on the baking tray, and press with your palms to create burger shapes.
  • Bake for eight minutes on one side, then flip over and bake for eight more minutes.
  • While the burgers are baking, prepare the avocado sauce.
  • Peel the avocado, remove the stone, cut roughly and place in the food processor, together with the coriander, mint leaves and lime juice. Process to obtain a creamy sauce.
  • Remove the burgers from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • Assemble the burgers in the buns, topping them with plenty of avocado sauce.
  • Serve immediately.


To serve the burgers at a barbecue party, you can grill them 5 minutes on each side, instead of baking.
  • Katy
    December 21, 2014

    Hi Ana, I love your blog! I just discovered it and can’t wait to try some of your recipes 🙂 Any absolute favourites I must try?
    P.S these look really yummy for summer BBQs

    • Ana
      December 23, 2014

      Kathy, thank you so much! You’ve got to try the beet burgers, they’re really a hit! Let me know how they turned out! Hugs, Ana

  • Vanessa
    February 12, 2016

    Doesn’t say when to use the egg.

    • Ana
      February 15, 2016

      Indeed, it is actually part of step no. 6, I’ve updated the recipe, thank you for letting me know! 🙂

  • Courtney
    August 16, 2016

    I made these with my toddler in bite sized for her and she loved them! I didn’t cut my onion and garlic fine enough but will next time. Very tasty!

    • Ana
      August 16, 2016

      Sounds so lovely, it’s so great that your little one loved these bites, I can imagine the two of you cooking together! Thanks for your words, means a lot! 🙂

  • Lisa
    November 30, 2016

    I am assuming the nutrition facts don’t include the bun. Is that correct?

    • Ana
      December 1, 2016

      Yes, they are for the patty only.

  • Lizzie
    June 6, 2017

    Does the nutrition info include the avocado sauce?

    • Ana
      June 7, 2017

      Yes it does.

  • Nadine
    September 10, 2017

    Hi Ana
    I love your site and your recipes.
    I would like to know if I can freeze the cooked bean and quinoa burgers, and also in general if cooked legumes and beans can be frozen.

    • Ana
      September 11, 2017

      While I don’t recommend re-heating cooked ingredients, because they loose most of their nutritional benefits, I understand cooking in batches due to the lack of time. And yes, I think this bean burgers can freeze very well. Thank you for your nice words! 🙂

  • chaunna
    November 4, 2017

    Feel free not to group all meat-eaters on your next post. I eat meat and I am well aware of the non-meat options outside of a salad and/or grilled vegetables.

    • Ana
      November 5, 2017

      Good for you but in my post I was referring to the people I got in touch with at that time…

  • Tina
    April 17, 2018

    Those look amazing. What kind of bread is that? Looks delicious!

    • Ana
      April 19, 2018

      Hi Tina, is a sourdough bread which I (unproudly) didn’t make, but bought from an artisan shop 🙂

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