Tailgate Black Bean Burgers

I love a cheeseburger.  Especially on game day.  A little fun fact, I watched a recent health documentary that scared me a little, just enough to think about everything I eat.  I’m not going to go vegan just yet but when the opportunity arose for me to try this recipe for black bean burgers, I jumped at the chance.

Tailgate Black Bean Burgers
Tailgate Black Bean Burgers

Aside from only being 360 calories each, they only took me 30 mins, start to finish.


  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained
  • 2/3 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. In a large bowl, mash the beans with a fork.
  2. Add the bread crumbs, garlic powder, black pepper and eggs to the beans and mix.
  3. Divide and shape into 4 black bean patties.
  4. In a large, oiled skillet, cooke patties over medium high for 4 minutes each side (or until browned).
  5. Place a slice of cheese on each burger and cook until the cheese melts.
  6. Top bottom halves of buns each with a burger, lettuce, and whatever other toppings you would like.  I love the tailgate guacamole on these guys!
Tailgate Black Bean Burgers
Tailgate Black Bean Burgers

Hint: Toast the buns on this pan to give them that official tailgate toast.

Tailgate Black Bean Burgers
Tailgate Black Bean Burgers

Enjoy!! And happy almost tailgate season!

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