Manly Black Bean Burger with Caramelized Mushrooms and Onions

I’m not going to lie, I love me a good black bean burger. I feel like especially in the summer they are light, and a nice alternative to the meat patty (which I also like-don’t get me wrong). But my husband is hardcore on the beef burger. So when I made these Delicious Black Bean burgers I had the goal to  make them as manly as I possibly could throwing on caramelized mushrooms and onions, pepper jack cheese, and everything else that is good in a manly life!

He tasted it, and said, “mmmm…this is good”!

“Yes!” my fist pumped into the air!

“But…” he said, “It will never replace a good real hamburger for me…” but he ate two burgers for dinner and had one for lunch the next day…. so….

In conclusion….one small step for man, and one giant leap for the Man Bean Burger!:) 

Manly Black Bean Burger with Caramelized Mushrooms and Onions

printable recipe

printable recipe with picture

*Note: you can really mess around with these. Add whatever you like, take whatever you don’t like away. The consistency of the burgers depends on how much bread you put in. I like mine a little dryer, that’s why I like to do bread crumbs and two slices of bread, but you make your consistency how you like!

*serves 4 to 6 depending on how big you like your patties


1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided

1 teaspoons dried parsley leaves

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I left these out)

1/2 cup bread crumbs

2 slices of bread

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

4 hamburger rolls (or more depending upon how big you make your burgers. I made mine a little smaller for the kids.


mushrooms (sliced)

1 onion(sliced)

2 to 3 tablespoons of butter for sauteing

4 small Romaine lettuce leaves, or any other type you have on hand




hot sauce

pepper jack cheese (or whatever kind you have in your fridge)


Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line cookie sheet with foil.

In a food processor, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped. Add 1 can black beans,  parsley, egg, and red pepper flakes (if adding) and pulse to combine.

Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining can of black beans and the bread crumbs. and torn up bread slices (really the bread crumbs and the bread are there to help with the consistency, so if you feel like the consistency is good, you may not need to add the two bread slices, I felt like my mixture needed to be a little less runny so I added them).  Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix until well combined.

Form mixture into patties. Place on cookie sheet. cook for 20 minutes, flipping after the first 10 minutes.

While burger is cooking start the onions and mushrooms.  Melt butter in a frying pan. add the sliced onions and mushrooms. Cook until carmelized (almost burntish looking, but not burnt). Finish prepping other condiments.

Toast hamburger buns in toaster oven. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, onions and whatever else you like. Cover the burgers with the top of the bun and serve.

recipe source: adapted heavily from Sandra Lee at



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