Save some time & calories with these black-bean burger patties


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Veggie burgers come in all forms. In addition to various brands that aim to taste like the real thing, there are also patties made with mashed-up veggies, quinoa or, of course, black beans. And sometimes you just really want a black bean burger. It’s packed with protein, it’s tasty and it’s pretty easy to prepare. 

If you're looking for a recipe, we've got a great one for you from Marcus McEntire, who hosts a regular cooking class series in the storefront Viking kitchen of his small business in Oklahoma.



  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilies drained (Rotel brand)
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 2 green onions with tops chopped
  • 1 cup of carrots chopped
  • 1 cup brown rice (cooked)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • Salt, soy sauce or Bragg's Aminos to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste



  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Put the green onions, cilantro, carrots and garlic cloves in a blender or food processor and process until pieces are finely minced to the size of lentils or smaller. Once a fine mince is achieved, add the rinsed beans and tomatoes with chilies until a paste (which is really more like a hummus) is formed.
  3. Pour the paste into a bowl and add 1 cup of brown rice and 1 cup of quick oats and stir. (The brown rice keeps the veggie burgers from getting too dry.) Taste your mixture and add seasoning as needed. Form the mixture into patties and place on a lined baking sheet. This mixture should yield about 8 patties.
  4. Place into the oven and cook for 12 minutes and then pop in the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to brown the patties a little.
  5. Assemble your burgers on whole-wheat hamburger buns. Use a turner to pick up the patties from the baking pan and place a patty on the bun. I substitute mashed avocados for mayo as my spread, and loaded the sandwich with dill pickles, mustard, greens, tomatoes and onions.



Marcus McEntire is co-owner of Distinctive-Decor.com with his wife, Leigh. They started the online retail company in 1999 and have grown the business to include a 17,000-sq.-ft. retail and warehouse space in Duncan, Okla.