Black eye bean burger

Summer is on its way (just a few months now) and I want to enjoy some burgers on a grill.  However, I aim to indefinitely follow a plant-based lifestyle, which I’m currently enjoying because I feel so much healthier and stronger than I did in 2017. So, I’ve changed up my burger recipe to a bean burger, which, surprisingly, was really easy to make.

I won’t stop my family from eating beef burgers, but I can at least encourage them to open their palates and try other versions, like my awesome Black Eye Bean Burger, which, I have to say, is delicious! 

Black eye bean burger

You can try this recipe with any kind of beans, including chickpeas. Plus, if you add a tablespoon of tahini to the mix, you’ve got yourself a real protein burger too. I went for Black Eyed Beans in this recipe because they’re my favourite kind of bean and I know that they pack a bit of protein themselves.

Here are the ingredients:

Black eye bean burger - ingredients

When I first made this recipe, it came out way too salty, so I reduced the salt and the vegetable powder (which was quite salty in itself) and I found a happy medium.

Black eye bean burger

I also think this recipe would benefit with a bit of tahini to moisten up the mixture as the bean burgers can come out slightly on the dry side (although they are still delicious as they are). 

So, let’s get on with the recipe so you can try for yourself. The boys loved this plant-based burger (and they’re a tough crowd!) So, I know you will too.

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5-ingredient vegan black eye bean burgers

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The black eye bean burgers pack full of flavour and are a great substitute to my regular beef burgers! Check out the full recipe here!


  • 1 Can / 240g (drained) Black-Eyed Beans

  • 4 Wholemeal baps/burger buns

  • 1 Flax egg (1tsp flax seeds and 2 ½ tbsp water)

  • ½ Cup panko breadcrumbs or whole wheat breadcrumbs

  • 1 Red Onion, finely chopped

  • Seasoning
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, grated

  • 1 Tsp of mixed herbs

  • Pinch of turmeric

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • ½ Tsp cumin

  • 1 Tsp vegetable powder

  • ½ Tsp salt

  • 1 Tsp brown coriander


  • Grab your food processor and a colander
  • Preheat your grill on a medium heat
  • Rinse and drain the Black-Eyed Beans, then microwave for 3 minutes
  • Using a sieve or cloth, squeeze as much juice out of the onion and garlic as you can then add them to the food processor
  • Add the beans and blitz until you have a smooth mix
  • Add the seasoning and the flax egg and blitz
  • Finally, add the breadcrumbs and pulse until you get the desired consistency
  • Form your patties by making a ball with the mix and then pressing them down with the palm of your hand. Measure up the size of the patties against your wholemeal baps
  • Then place in the oven and grill for about 10 minutes until browned on each side


  • You can make this recipe with any bean, including chickpeas!

I really loved making this recipe because it was so simple and cheap to make. I’ve since made these burgers with Red Kidney Beans and they literally looked and tasted exactly the same. Next time, I will make potato burgers, so watch this space! I have a 7-month-old so I will try these Sweet Potato and Spinach Burgers on her growing pallette.

Black eye bean burger

Fancy more appetizer recipes? Try my Vegetable koftes (meatballs)!

When you’re ready to create this recipe, please tag me on @Fiveforafiver via Facebook/Twitter (@Fiveforafiver1 via Instagram) and use the hashtags #FiverFoodies and/or #FiveforaFiver, so I can check out your awesome bean burgers too! 

Here is a list of ingredients I found from Asda for £3.78 total:

KTC Black Eye Beans in Salted Water, 400g – 45p

ASDA Grower’s Selection Red Onions, 3 – 65p

ASDA Golden Linseeds, 150g – £1.28

ASDA Plain Breadcrumbs, 75p – 175g

ASDA Wholemeal Baps, 6 – 65p

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