Salsa and some pantry staples give this vegetarian bean burger recipe tons of flavor. We use crushed tortilla chips to bind the burgers together, making them a great vehicle for using up those crumbs that inevitably fall to the bottom of the bag.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2017


Recipe Summary

20 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place salsa in a fine-mesh sieve and stir a few times to drain excess liquid. Mash beans with a potato masher in a large bowl until no whole ones remain. Stir in the drained salsa, tortilla chips, grated onion, egg, mayonnaise, chili powder, cumin and salt. Let stand 10 minutes.

  • Form the bean mixture into 8 burgers about 3 inches wide (1/3 cup each).

  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add 4 burgers and cook until browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers. Serve the burgers on buns with guacamole, tomato slices, sprouts and red onion.


To make ahead: Individually wrap cooked burgers and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Microwave to reheat.

Nutrition Facts

404 calories; protein 12.2g 24% DV; carbohydrates 50.3g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 10.8g 43% DV; sugars 5.7g; fat 18g 28% DV; saturated fat 2.5g 12% DV; cholesterol 25.4mg 9% DV; vitamin a iu 754.3IU 15% DV; vitamin c 6.2mg 10% DV; folate 28.8mcg 7% DV; calcium 127.2mg 13% DV; iron 3.4mg 19% DV; magnesium 102.6mg 37% DV; potassium 584.3mg 16% DV; sodium 688.8mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 22% DV.

Reviews (16)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
This black bean burger is delicious. I have made it several times and I enjoy it but I have made a few changes. I don't like the tortilla chips in the burger so I have replaced it with oatmeal that I have whirled a few times in my Ninja. It tastes better with the oatmeal and it improves the nutrition of the burger. I also left out the egg and mayo since the burger has been very wet when I try to shape it. Since I only eat one at a time I have been wrapping them and freezing for later. They freeze very well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It tastes gooooood:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I debated making this as the nutrition numbers were both WoW & YiKe! I am very glad I went ahead they are awesome. I passed them around to my neighbors (11) who rated from 3 to 9 stars! As they were not terribly expensive to make I will try freezing leftovers next time.raf Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I do not understand the rave reviews for this recipe. I made it as directed (other than cutting the recipe in half but using the whole egg). While the flavor was OK the burger patty itself was mushy and completely broke apart when I was flipping it transferring it to the bun and eating it. I won't bother making this recipe again--there are better vegie burger recipes out there. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome! I used Arriba brand red hot salsa so I only used 2 teaspoons of chili powder & 1 teaspoon of cumin. Other than that I made the recipe exactly as instructed and got 11 burgers out of it. Good thing because they are getting gone fast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Must try sounds easy & healthy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used 1 tsp Chipotle rub and 1tsp oregano in place of the Chili powder and cumin. Since salt is an ingred in the rub I only added 1/4 tsp of salt. Burgers were very flavorful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Omitted egg covered in fridge several hours and they stayed together Very tasty can also sub chilli sauce for salsa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are delicious and if you want to make them vegan omit the mayo and egg and just use a little olive oil or grape seed oil to help them bind together. I also like to dredge mine in a little bit of flour to make them extra crispy:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very yummy. They kind of fell apart but they were delicious! My kids who are carnivores LOVED them! served with guacamole & onion and cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Just great! Would recommend to all. PS - must remember to drain the salsa. Otherwise too wet. I also put the mixture in the fridge for 30 mins before making the burgers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Simply perfect! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good burger. Easy to make and it makes a good size burger. I used fresh salsa from the grocery store rather than jarred salsa. Recipe wasn't specific on the type of salsa. It was a little too soft and wet to be able to form a nice burger shape. Next time and I will definitely make these again I may just sub bread crumbs for the crushed tortilla chips and add another egg. Hopefully then they will be easier to form into patties. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
my new favorite veggie burger! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing recipe! My family loved this burger. Instead of serving it on a bun as suggested I served it over Vegetarian Taco Salad. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was seriously the best burger I've ever had. Read More