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Chili’s Inspired Black Bean Burgers


Chili's inspired black bean burgers recipe Hip2Save.com

Today, I’m sharing this awesome black bean burger recipe that is inspired by the popular restaurant, Chili’s Grill & Bar. These burgers are easy to make and taste fantastic! By using a food processor to combine black beans, onion, and garlic, you’ll quickly be able to create a yummy meatless “burger patty” bursting with flavor.

Black Bean Burgers – Chili’s Inspired Recipe

(adapted from Cooks.com)


* 1 can (14 oz.) black beans or 1 and 1/2 cups cooked dried beans (check out this post for tips on How to Cook Dried Beans)
* 1 small onion
* 2 cloves garlic (crushed)-substitute appx. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder or minced garlic
* 2 tsp. cajun seasoning
* 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
* 1 egg
* 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (like Sriracha)
* 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
* Hamburger buns
* Cheese or any toppings desired


Drain beans well. Put onion and garlic in food processor and blend until fine. Add beans and blend well until mashed consistency. Place into a mixing bowl and add bread crumbs, egg, hot sauce, parsley, Cajun seasoning, and stir. Mix well and shape 4 patties (I opted to make 3 larger patties). Place on a well greased stovetop grill pan like I did or use an outdoor grill. Cook 5-6 minutes on each side. You can also cook in the oven on Broil for 10-12 minutes per side on a greased foil-lined pan.

Notes: These are fragile patties and tricky to turn so be careful. I used two spatulas to flip the patties and I think thicker patties are much easier to flip.

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My family absolutely loved these – my little ones did not even realize they were eating “meatless” burgers. Since these burgers reheat and freeze well, consider doubling the recipe and freezing some for later. Enjoy!

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[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 51

  1. Katie I.

    I am definitely going to try these for a “meatless Monday”! thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome, enjoy! These are great 🙂

  2. Kan

    can i make these without the egg?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I would be scared of them falling apart and have not tried without egg…Maybe try an egg substitute? Thanks!

    • jiya

      Add 1tbsp of flour( chickpea, all purpose, wheat,) as an egg substitute that will do the trick.

      • Kan


    • Pharmchick

      I heard you can mix 1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp water to sub for an egg

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Oh that’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

      • Tuesday's Child (@SaucySweet)

        Flaxseeds work as well for an egg substitute; it’s pretty common in vegan baking. Same ratio- 1 tbsp ground flax to 3 tbsp water.

        • Terry

          Great idea with the ground flax seed! Going to try that!

    • ryan

      im not vegan, just vegetarian, but try to use eggs as little as possible in the winter. during the spring/summer/fall i buy them fresh from a family i know, so i know the chickens are free to roam and treated well. until the spring…i think im gonna try the flour and hope for the best!!! 🙂 these look just wonderful!!!

  3. Amy

    I love Morning Star spicy black bean burgers, so I think I’ll give this recipe a try. Thanks!

  4. Lyndi Hedgecock

    Do you have a way to make these without the spicy spices? 🙂 What else could I add that would give them taste but not burn my mouth off? 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh you could omit hot sauce. 🙂 They aren’t super spicy though..Cajun seasoning works great and not super spicy.

      • Lyndi Hedgecock

        Thanks! We are lightweights in the spicy foods dept! 🙂

    • 1luv

      Cumin and coriander powder will work well too!

  5. Richelle

    Oh my gosh yummy! Thanks for sharing. I love your fun easy and healthy recipes.

  6. tina

    Thanks you very much.
    I am a vegetarian and I keep looking for good healthy veggie recipes.

  7. jennifer

    Wow! these are gonna be great, so healthy, and sooo cheap without the pricy meat. Great job again Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh you’ll like these! Thanks!

  8. Holly

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these! But I don’t have a food processor. Can I use a blender or just use my hand chopper and chop very finely?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I would chop and mash everything very fine.

  9. b

    I always pan fry my veggie burgers because like you I’ve found them hard to BBQ.
    We do a veggie patty with 50/50 ratio of ground beef/and veggies (we like roasted garlic, onion, mushrooms and zucchini) with bread crumbs and an egg.

  10. Lucy

    All us vegetarians thank you for the good recipes! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yeah! You’re welcome, these are wonderful.

    • ryan

      yes a BIG thank you!!!!

  11. jeanette

    YUM!!! thanks for sharing!

  12. Leighton

    Sounds great! Thank you. I love these posts….wonderful addition to the blog!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Aw thanks so much!

  13. Marla Windsor

    Sounds delicious! Will try these for dinner, tomorrow. TY
    I make black bean pizza that is similar to this. Sounds peculiar but it is scrumptious.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks! That sounds good too! 🙂

    • Nina

      Hi Marla can you please share your recipe for black bean pizza 🙂

      • Marla Windsor

        Sure. You can use whatever pizza dough that you like. I buy Mama Mary’s pizza crusts (so good!)

        15 oz can black beans,drained and rinsed
        1 tbsp. dried parsley
        2 tbsp. salsa
        2 cloves garlic, chopped
        1 tsp. cumin
        1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
        1 1/2 c. cheese
        1/2 c. chopped red pepper
        1/4 c. sliced green onions

        sour cream

        Make your pizza dough or warm up Mama Mary’s. Combine beans, parsley, 2 tbsp. salsa, garlic, cumin and hot pepper sauce in blender. Process til smooth…I usually use a potato masher or fork. Spread bean mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with cheese, red pepper, and green onions. Bake about 10 min. at 425 degrees.
        Serve with sour cream and salsa.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Wow!! This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing 🙂

          • Marla Windsor

            We had the burgers for dinner and everyone loved them!

            • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

              Yes! I love hearing that, I’m so glad.

  14. Ketsy

    I’m going to make a double burger using one sirloin patty and one of these 😉
    We will see if it “fries” by!

  15. Shanna

    Before cooking, form your patties and put in the fridge for 30min to firm them up! This will make flipping them easy as pie!

    • Darby

      Thanks for the tip, Shanna!

  16. Andrea

    Sounds delicious – thanks!!! Bit by bit I am reducing the amount of meat in our diet. Even my husband who thinks it isn’t a meal without a giant piece of meat on his plate is coming around! He even orders the Sofritas tacos (soy) at Chipotle , not on accident and more than once! – something I had to see to believe!!

  17. SoxGirl1029

    Looks so yummy! So glad to see veggie recipes 🙂

  18. Dianne

    You can also bake them, I do them about 15 minutes per side but I like them very, very dry. that helps to firm them up and then you could grill them if you want the marks. After baking you can freeze them and just pop out when you want a good “burger”. Great job Lina!

  19. Kristen

    This deserves a review!!! I just made these and wow! They are juicy and flavorful. Best of all, my picky 3 year-old, who is a non-onion and non-bean eater ate them. This made it to my recipe book. I made 5 thinner burgers (about the size of morning star’s frozen turkey burgers) in my George Forman in 6.5 minutes.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Aw yeah! How smart!

  20. Sarah

    Made these tonight and they were great. I broiled them. A great meatless meal for Ash Wednesday. Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Thanks for telling us!

  21. Kayla

    We made these last night and holy moly delicious. My husband was a bit skeptical and made me try one first but once he started on it it was gone super quick. Thank you so much for the recipe! We’ve loved all that we have tried!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks! My husband was the same way, ha! Glad you liked 🙂

  22. Samantha

    I’ve found that if you make these ahead of time and freeze them, they will grill up wonderfully and have less chance of falling apart! Also, I love to add liquid smoke to my burgers if cooking on the stove – gives them a great grilled flavor.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great tips!

  23. li

    I want to know if you can just use unseasoned bread crumbs or what can I use to season them? I have Panko and that’s usually unseasoned

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