Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

straight on shot of cooked burger on bun

These Chipotle Black Bean Burgers are filled with wholesome ingredients, deliciously caramelized and have a spicy kick to them!

This recipe was originally published in May 2018 – I’ve since updated the photos and added additional blog content. Enjoy! 

I have loved black bean burgers for the past few years now. To read the full story on how I began to eat these delightful protein packed babes, look here.

Ben and I usually eat the recipe linked above at least twice a week. No lie! However, we always try to diversify it a little bit. And since this week is Cinco De Mayo, I figured why not make a spicy Southwestern-esque style of bean burger!

Why You’ll Love This Dish:

First off, one of my favorite things about this dish is how inexpensive they are. And how easy. This recipe makes 4 bean burgers and if you’re a family of 2 like us, we always make the full batch and freeze 2 for the next week. Talk about easy! 

side view of cheese melted on burger on plate

The smokiness and flavor of this burger is unmatched. I used lots of classic Mexican spices like chili powder, cumin, and the real MVP – chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. These really take the burger up a notch! 

These burgers aren’t the type of veggie burgers that fall apart – instead, they get incredibly caramelized and crisp on the outside and remain soft with an incredible texture on the inside. 

side view of burger on white plate with chipotle peppers in background

And the toppings! Oh man, you can seriously go crazy with the toppings on this burger! 

I love freshly made guacamole, tomatoes, red onion and of course, loading them on a delightfully soft brioche bun never hurts either. 

hand grabbing burger off of plate

So let’s get into how to make them exactly! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Black Beans
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 
  • Egg
  • Onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper 
  • Brioche Buns 
  • Toppings of your choice 

Best Bean Burger Making Tips: 

Alright – so first, I grab my 2 cans of black beans and drain them – leave a *little* bit of the liquid though – so they aren’t overly dry. 

Add to a bowl and grab a potato masher or a fork and mash them up until they are mashed pretty well with a few whole bean chunks left in it. It should look like this: 

mashed black beans in glass bowl

To this, add in the spices and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. TASTE and adjust seasoning if needed. If you want it spicier, add more spice! 

Once you have spiced it the way you would like, add in the egg and mix and then the panko breadcrumbs. 

You should have a mixture that you can easily pick up and form into patties that’s not TOO wet or TOO dry. It should look something like this: 

chipotle black bean burger mix in glass bowl

Next, form into 4 patties. Heat up a large skillet on medium heat and add a heavy splash of olive oil. 

Add in the patties and cook on each side for about 5 minutes or so or until they are caramelized like this: 

caramelized black bean burger in cast iron skillet

And that’s it! Now you’re all set to grab a soft brioche bun and load it up with toppings! 

Best Burger Toppings: 

Here are a few options for topping this delicious burger…

Chipotle mayo (mix together chipotle in adobo sauce with mayonnaise until spice level is reached) 

Sliced tomato 

Red onion

Pepper jack cheese 


Homemade Salsa 

This would make for a great Cinco De Mayo dinner paired with a large Mexican beer and sunshine! Hope y’all enjoy 🙂

straight on shot of bite taken out of burger

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema 

Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili 

Chipotle Pineapple Chicken Bowls 

Thank you so much for following along here, friends! Want to see more? Be sure to follow ourbalancedbowl on Instagram and tag me with your photo if you end up making a recipe! You can also post a photo of your recipe to the Our Balanced Bowl Facebook page! I always love to see your re-creations! If you do make a recipe, it would make my whole day if you were to rate and comment so I can get your feedback! Lots of love! – Haylie

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

These Chipotle Black Bean Burgers are filled with wholesome ingredients, deliciously caramelized and have a spicy kick to them!

Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword black bean burgers, chipotle black bean burger, easy veggie burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie


  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • spinach (optional)
  • guacamole for topping (optional)
  • tomato and onion for topping (optional)


  1. Begin by draining your cans of beans. Once they're mostly drained, place them in a large bowl and begin to mash them to where they are almost fully in refried bean style with a few whole beans still left in. See photo in blog post for reference.

  2. Add in the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Mix together. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. 

  3. Add in your egg and mix to combine. Add in your breadcrumbs last. Mix to combine. Section your bean mixture into fourths, take a fourth of the mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball and then flatten it into a patty. 

  4. In a skillet over medium high heat, add a tsp of olive oil and begin to fry your patties. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes until crispy. 

  5. Place on a bun and load up with toppings of your choice! Eat while hot! Enjoy!

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