Cowboy Black Bean Burgers

A healthy, delicious, vegetarian Cowboy Black Bean Burger!

A healthy and delicious Cowboy Black Bean Burger with a kick! You won’t even miss the meat.


  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese *
  • 1/8 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1/3 cup corn and black bean salsa, like Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar
  • grapeseed oil spray
  • 4 burger buns, toasted **
  • 4 ears roasted or grilled corn


  • spinach
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • more cheese or salsa (if desired!)


  1. Smash beans with a fork or masher, or pulse in your food processor until chunky. This is important, you don’t want a fine puree!
  2. Stir in cheese, egg whites, scallions, chips, and salsa. If it looks a little too wet, try adding more crushed chips.
  3. Divide into 4 mounds and shape into patties by flattening out and keeping them round. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight. This helps the patty keep it’s shape while cooking.
  4. Heat your countertop grill (like this Cuisinart Griddler 3-in-1 Grill and Panini Press) and spray with grapeseed oil spray. Cook two patties at a time, being careful not to smash your patties down too much. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then remove from grill and set aside. Alternately, you could cook them in a nonstick skillet, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  5. Top a toasted bun with spinach, a black bean patty, tomato, and avocado. Add extra salsa if desired. Serve with a roasted corn, kick back, and pretend you’re a cowboy.


*if dairy-free, use a vegan cheese

**if gluten-free, use a gluten-free bun. We like the GF buns from Trader Joe’s!