Spicy Chili Black Bean Burgers

These vegetarian chili black bean burgers are loaded with fiber, spicy flavor, and hold together super well! Vegan and gluten-free.

Bean burgers are one of my favorite quick and easy meals. I’ve made so many different varieties with every type of bean, grain and veggie you can imagine and while I’ve liked all the bean burger recipes I’ve posted here on EBF previously, I think I’ve found my absolute favorite homemade black bean burger recipe to date.

Spicy Chili Black Bean Burger over Salad, served in pink bowls on wood cutting board.

The most exciting part (for me at least) is that the burger holds together really well. Making a flavorful bean burger is easy — it’s the texture that’s the hard part, especially when you’re trying to meet specific dietary needs. These burgers have no egg or bread crumbs so they’re vegan and gluten-free, yet the patties stay together perfectly. I consider that a win!

Stack of Spicy Chili Black Bean Burgers served on a white plate.

Speaking of dietary needs, I should probably mention that as of last week I’m following a gluten-free diet. I will definitely write a full post about this soon, but long story short I’ve been going to a functional medicine doctor (who I really like and trust) and after getting blood work done he prescribed a gluten-free diet. It’s not what I expected to hear after getting my blood work back, but I’m optimistic that it will help me.

I’d actually agreed to do this campaign for McCormick’s new gluten-free recipe mixes prior to knowing that I would soon be following a gluten-free diet, but it actually worked out quite well.

McCormick Gluten-Free Chili Seasoning Mix

When I received the chili seasoning mix I knew I wanted to experiment and make something other than a pot of regular chili so that’s why I decided to go the black bean burger route. The seasoning mix includes a bunch of traditional chili spices like chili pepper, cumin, salt, onion, garlic and green bell pepper — all of which pair nicely with black beans.

Using the seasoning packet made flavoring the burgers so easy. I simply tossed in a tablespoon of the mix rather than having to search through my spice cabinet for 7 different spices. And the flavor of these burgers is divine! I did amp up the spice level a little with cayenne pepper and hot sauce, but if you like things mild (or you’re making this for your family), you can skip the extra spice and just use the chili seasoning mix — it’s not too spicy.

Overhead shot of Spicy Chili Black Bean Burger over Salad, served in a pink bowl on wood cutting board.

I served the burgers over spring mix topped with this raw corn and avocado salad. Oh man, this combo was absolutely delicious! Isaac, who is a beef burger with a bun kind of guy, loved this meal and kept raving about how amazing the bean burgers were.

The recipe makes 5 burgers. We had two for dinner, and I kept one uncooked for lunch the next day and froze the remaining two uncooked patties for later.

Frozen Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Check out the recipe for details about how to freeze them!

If you make these spicy chili black bean burgers, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Spicy Chili Black Bean Burgers

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 burgers


These vegetarian chili black bean burgers are loaded with fiber, spicy flavor, and hold together super well! Vegan and gluten-free. 


  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon flaxseed + 2 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 cup gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup or tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoon pepitas
  • 1/3 cup fresh corn (or thawed frozen corn)
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick Gluten-Free Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)


  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes, until the onions begin to soften. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Place flaxseed and water into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Place oatmeal in food processor and process into oat flour. Then add half of the black beans, the garlic and onion mixture, the flaxseed egg, tamari, ketchup, pepitas, corn, chili seasoning, parsley, hot sauce and cayenne pepper into the food processor with the oats. Process until well mixed. Add remaining beans and pulse the machine until they’re combined into the mixture but not overly processed.
  4. Place mixture in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes to set-up a bit, then shape into 5 patties. I used a 1 cup measuring cup to “cut” the burgers into a perfectly round shape. You can use a peanut butter jar lid or a large cookie cutter for this too. Or just use your hands if you’re not too concerned with the shape.
  5. To cook the burgers, spray a little cooking spray into a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook each patty for about 7 minutes on each side or until the inside of the burger is hot and the sides have turned golden brown. To bake in the oven, place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 25-30 minutes at 350°F degrees, flipping once through cooking.
  6. Makes 5 patties. If you want to freeze a few burgers for later, separate uncooked patties using parchment paper and place into a freezer safe, airtight container. They should keep for several weeks in the freezer. When ready to enjoy, let the patty thaw and then cook according to the instructions above.


Don’t forget to process the oatmeal into flour prior to adding the other ingredients and don’t skip refrigerating the bean burger mixture before forming into patties. Both of these steps are essential for getting the perfect texture.

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 10g

Keywords: spicy chili black bean burgers

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes from McCormick mentioned in this post and I was compensated for my time.

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    1. Pat
      May 3, 2019 AT 9:21 pm

      Recipe calls for one can of black beans. How large is the can 15 ounces or 19 ounces?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2019 AT 11:22 pm

        Great question – 15 ounces.

    2. athleticavocado
      October 20, 2014 AT 3:11 pm

      i am obsessed wit veggie burgers! have to make these!

    3. Ceara @ Ceara’s Kitchen
      October 19, 2014 AT 2:17 pm

      I love how delicious these look and how simple the ingredient list is! We enjoy bean burgers here on the regular!

    4. Janet Delaney
      October 18, 2014 AT 7:53 pm

      These burgers are the absolute best. Next time I am going to double the recipe and freeze some so I have them on hand. Thank you.

    5. taramdeal
      October 15, 2014 AT 10:27 pm

      Yum! These black bean burgers look amazing!

    6. melissa
      October 15, 2014 AT 1:29 pm

      I’m so excited to see vegetarian + gluten free recipes. It doesn’t seem like there’s much out there.

    7. Alex
      October 15, 2014 AT 1:14 pm

      I also follow a gluten free diet due to some health issues I was experiencing. It has helped me tremendously. I would be interested in hearing your story and if you find it helpful with yours. Do you plan on sharing? Thanks!

    8. Inez
      October 15, 2014 AT 9:58 am

      Thank you for this! Vegan burgers from the frozen section can get so pricey. I love finding recipes I can make and freeze myself for nights that I really don’t feel like cooking.

    9. Jeanette Marie (@fitgirltravels)
      October 15, 2014 AT 12:07 am

      Looks delish! I also love the Amy’s organic black bean burgers. So good! Look forward to hearing more about your gluten free diet!

    10. mariambandarian
      October 14, 2014 AT 10:44 pm

      Okay, this looks so delicious. I’ve never tried bean burgers. Looks like a great lunch idea to me!!

    11. slimsanity
      October 14, 2014 AT 3:11 pm

      I love burgers! I like bean burgers too, but haven’t made them in a while. Sounds delicious!

    12. Josie
      October 14, 2014 AT 10:48 am

      Can you use a different kind of bean?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2014 AT 10:59 am

        I haven’t tried it with other beans but I’m sure other beans would work. I bet kidney beans would work great. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    13. Andrea
      October 13, 2014 AT 7:29 pm

      I’ve been prescribed a gluten free diet as well after bloodwork and seeing a functional medicine practitioner. Mostly just to reduce inflammation because gluten, dairy, and many processed foods can cause inflammation. I’ve been going strong for 12 days, good luck! these burgers look fantastic!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 13, 2014 AT 9:12 pm

        Yup, exactly why I am being prescribed a gluten-free diet as well. That and the fact that I tested positive for the celiac gene. Is your c reactive protein level high?

        Good luck to you as well. We can do this! 🙂

    14. Regan Jones (@ReganJonesRD)
      October 13, 2014 AT 3:41 pm

      Well, I’m definitely not “happy” for your diagnosis, but watching how much it’s changed things for my husband since he got his diagnosis… I have high hopes for you!!! And love the burgers… I’d so much rather have a well seasoned veggie burger than a bland traditional burger any day 🙂

    15. cleaneatingveggiegirl
      October 13, 2014 AT 12:53 pm

      I LOVE the sound of these, Brittany! Chili seasoning sounds like a wonderful way to season veggie burgers 🙂

    16. Carrie
      October 13, 2014 AT 10:36 am

      AHH I want these! I love making bean burgers!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 13, 2014 AT 6:43 pm

        You’d love them! 🙂

    17. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      October 13, 2014 AT 10:27 am

      Hi Brittany…these look amazing!

      Quick Question: Which plug-in do you use to generate the “recipe” for the burgers? It looks great and it is so easy to reference. Thanks for sharing! Happy Monday.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 15, 2014 AT 1:10 am

        Hi Lauren. I use the Easy Recipe Plus plugin. 🙂

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