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Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

Black beans, rice, guacamole and salsa is always a winning combination. Make your Monday meatless with this satisfying burger.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 241
Author: Brenda Garrison | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup instant brown rice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • Reduced-fat sour cream (optional)


  • Add water to a pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Add rice and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove rice from heat and set aside.
  • Add black beans to a mixing bowl. Use potato masher or fork to lightly smash, leaving about one quarter of the beans whole.
  • Fluff rice and add to the beans.
  • Add breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix to combine well.
  • Divide mixture evenly to make four 1-inch thick patties.
  • Lightly oil a non-stick skillet and heat to medium-high.
  • Add patties and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Turn patties and cook for an addition 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat once browned and heated through.
  • Top each of the cakes with 1 tablespoon of guacamole and 1 tablespoon salsa. Add a dollop of sour cream, if using. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Use pre-cooked packaged rice.
  • Substitute pinto or kidney beans.
  • Skip the guacamole if you prefer a low-fat option.
  • Use an egg replacement to make it vegan.
  • Use almond meal in place of breadcrumbs to make it gluten-free.
  • Use quinoa or any other grain in place of rice.
  • Add a little hot sauce or additional seasoning to spice things up.
Serving size: 1 black bean burger
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *5
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *7
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 black bean cake)
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.2g14%
Carbohydrates 32.2g11%
Fiber 5.4g22%
Protein 9.2g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean burger, black bean pattie, vegetarian burger