You may be tempted to pass on this recipe.  Maybe you’re thinking, hey, I’ve already got all the black bean recipes I need.  Some fab burritos, a quick and easy soup, and even burgers, which are basically the same as patties minus a bun, right?  Well, that’s what I was thinking too.  But then I saw this recipe make its way around the internets and since no one needs to twist my arm to get me to cook with beans, I decided to give it a try.

This meal was a total home run – easy, healthy, and so delicious.  The avocado cream sauce really completes the dish and I especially loved the little zing from the lime juice.  (Of course Andrew really loved the sauce but preferred to dip his patties rather than have the sauce drizzled over them – it’s a toddler thing.)  Depending on the size of the patties, the recipe yields quite a few – I ended up with about 16.  It also makes excellent leftovers.  I’m sure just as with black bean burgers you could freeze the shaped, uncooked patties for a quick meal.  This recipe was a good reminder that no matter how many black bean recipes I have and love, I could always use one more.


For the patties:
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups cooked black beans), divided
2 roasted red bell peppers, divided*
2 large eggs
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1 chipotle chile in adobo, minced
1 medium onion, finely diced
½-2/3 cup cornmeal or panko (plus more, as needed)
Salt and pepper
Canola or vegetable oil

For the corn relish:
2 tsp. canola oil
2 cups corn kernels
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the avocado cream sauce:
1 avocado, pitted and coarsely chopped
½ cup greek yogurt or light sour cream
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

*For instructions on roasting bell peppers, see this post.  


  • 01

    To make the bean patties, place half of the beans in the bowl of a food processor with 1 coarsely chopped bell pepper, the eggs, oregano, cumin, and chipotle.  Process until smooth.  Finely chop the remaining bell pepper.  In a large bowl, lightly mash the remaining beans.  Stir in the bell pepper, onion, and smooth bean mixture.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • 02

    Stir in the cornmeal or breadcrumbs, a bit at time, mixing lightly just until the mixture firms up.  (Pick up a bit and see if it can be easily molded into a ball.  If it is too sticky, add a little more cornmeal.)  Chill the mixture for 30 minutes.

  • 03

    While the bean mixture is chilling, make the corn relish.  Heat the canola oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the corn to the pan and sauté briefly until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and jalapeño and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Transfer the mixture to a bowl.  Stir in the tomato, lime juice, and cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • 04

    To make the avocado cream sauce, combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Process until completely smooth.

  • 05

    Form the bean mixture into patties approximately 3½ inches in diameter.  Heat about 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the patties in batches, cooking until lightly browned and firm, about 3-4 minutes per side.  Serve the patties warm topped with the corn relish and drizzled with the avocado cream sauce.

  • That avocado cream sauce sounds divine! Will definitely be trying this one!:)

  • I made these a few weeks ago and they were a home run for the whole family (toddler included). Beautiful picture!

  • i made these last week and loved them – the corn relish and avocado cream sauce were also great on fish tacos!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmmm the perfect dinner! Love this idea!

  • the recipe looks really great and it is healthy, I would love try this for my kids snack on school.

  • Emilie @ Emilie’s Enjoyables

    Thanks for sharing another great black bean recipe! I agree, you really never can have too many :)

  • This has been on my list for a while now. Can’t seem to get enough black beans and corn these days. Yours look absolutely perfect!

  • This sounds so healthy and fresh!

  • Barbara Praying for Grace

    Annie, did you serve these instead of meat or along side?

  • Anonymous

    These were a meatless main dish.

  • My kids are 8, 6 and 4 and they are still all about the dipping… whatever works! These look delicious, I am going to put them on this week’s menu!

  • Just saw this recipe on Pennies on a Platter, and book marked it to try it out! These look super yummy!

  • That sounds fantastic! I’ll definitely be giving these a try!

  • Pam

    If you are using chipotle chile in adobo sauce how much would you use?

  • This looks SO good!! Love your blog. xo

  • Anonymous

    1 chipotle, as listed in the ingredients section. Enjoy!

  • Yummy! I love making black bean burgers and these look delicious! The relish and avocado cream look fantastic!

  • YAY I can totally get on board with these patties. Healthy, delicious, filling, great for a leftover to take to lunch! Just like you said :)

  • Aliciad224

    I saw this recipe on another blog and was planning on making it this week! So glad to know that you give it the thumbs up!

  • Yay, so glad you liked them! I just used the avocado cream with chicken taquitos – it goes well with those, too. :)

  • Laura Erickson My husband is going to think I’m the best wife EVER when I make this for him… veggie, gluten-free… delicious! Thanks!

  • I want these. Now. I can’t wait to try the avocado cream. Holy Heaven.

  • The Hungry Housewife

    Well this is perfect for me..I have never made a black bean burger!!!

  • Sara

    Too funny. When I saw this I actually thought, “Ooo. Yum. Those look like the ones Elly made.” It was the avacado cream sauce that gave it away. They looks SUPER delicious!

  • I can’t wait to try these next week! My husband and I are working on incorporating meatless entrees into our weekly meal plans and this will be perfect.

  • Yum! I love bean burgers and these look so great, especially with that avocado sauce. Thanks for posting!

  • HB

    These look wonderful!
    Yum avocado sauce!!!

  • I love your blog. It’s become my go-to site when I’m looking for something for dinner. Well done, Annie.

  • Kristin

    I wish I could search for recipes by the month they were posted like on the old site. Can I still do that and I am missing it?

  • Anonymous

    That feature is no longer available. The new recipe index and search function are much better, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding what you’re looking for.

  • Kristin

    Thank you. I really like the Annie’s picks section.

  • You are so right. I was about ready to pass. But your description totally convinced me…it’s now pinned and on the dinner queue!

  • I never made a black bean burger, but I really want to. This recipe looks like a burger everyone in my house will like. I am going to make these for sure!!

  • Recycleit22

    I plan to make this meal. I am vegetarian and I often make black bean burgers but a little different
    than this recipe. I am particularly anxious to try this entire meal and the Avacado sauce sounds
    wonderfully simple and yummy.

  • grace

    i can’t tell you how much i love every aspect of this, annie! nice!

  • Brittany Persson

    This recipe sounds great! I see that you able to get your Andrew to eat it, but does the little one (and how old is the little one now?)? My daughter is 19 months and I’m sad to say that she is not a fan of anything even remotely spicy (no big surprise I guess, even though I ate LOTS of spicy when I was pregnant). Is this spicy?

  • Anonymous

    Caroline is not quite 10 months so she isn’t ready for table foods such as this just yet. (She has started having some mushier foods that we eat though). I can say with certainty that Andrew would have eaten this at 18 months, but he’s never been averse to spicy things. In fact a couple weeks ago he scarfed down a bowl of chicken chili that was making my mouth burn and didn’t blink an eye! That said, I really don’t think this dish is spicy at all. The spices provide more flavor than actual heat.

  • Sophie

    Made these for dinner last night! Delicious. I ate leftovers for lunch today and it was even better, if possible. My coworkers were absolutely jealous.

  • Cindy

    I made these for lunch today and they were amazing! Thank you!

  • Oh my gosh, these look delicious. I’ve been looking for a great black bean burger recipe, but I think I’m going to take a detour and go for these instead!

  • Jessica

    This looks very tasty. Can you freeze these? If so should I freeze it cooked or uncooked?

  • Anonymous

    Please see the FAQ page. Thanks!

  • Kate

    These are fantastic! My picky 3 year old and 17 month old both enjoyed them. It probably helped that we called them “crabby patties” after Spongebob, but even that wouldn’t have fooled them if they weren’t delicious. Using garlic salt instead of regular salt was the only change I made.
    Annie, I love your blog so much and I’m so glad to have found you!

  • Becky

    These are, by far, the best black bean burgers I’ve ever tasted! Even my pickiest eater loved them! I served them tonight with the corn relish & avocado cream sauce, sour cream & salsa and a Southwestern Pasta Salad. It all looked so pretty on the plate and made it feel like summer despite the snow :) Thanks for another great dinner!

  • Beth

    I made this Saturday and oh my word…these are awesome!!! I’m making some more this weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  • Andrea Goodwin

    Annie, these are an A+! I like how economical the recipe can be. I’ve made them twice in the past week and my boyfriend is in love. I like the idea of substituting packaged guacamole if I don’t have ripe avocados.

  • Hilary

    I made these on Wednesday last week annnnnd I’m making them again today. I couldn’t stop gushing about them to my hubby . I wanted him to try a bite…. but I ate all of them :/

  • becca

    Do you know if they would freeze well once cooked? Or perhaps just the black bean mix?

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding freezing. Thanks!

  • Fiumomma4

    Thank you, thank you,thank you!! These were a huge hit! And even better the next day for lunch. Can’t wait to make them again!

  • Sarah

    Found your blog through Once a Month Mom and made these for lunch. Both my 9 month old and I are gobbling them down!

  • Celine

    These were so delicious! I especially liked, since it’s so hot out, that I didn’t have to turn on the oven (I pre-roasted my red peppers a couple of days ago). I will certainly be making these again soon.