Spicy Black Bean Burgers

If you follow Steph’s Bite by Bite you know that she is hosting Fit-Ober and a 24 day AdvoCare challenge. Although I am not participating in those specific challenges, I did purchase the AdvoCare 10 day herbal cleanse after being lured in by the amazing results Steph has already been seeing. My day one belly looks similar to Steph’s (we’re the same weight too) so we shall see how it goes!  Although I have to admit, reading the guidelines about eating 8 cups of veggies/fruit a day, at least 8 cups of water, only whole grains, little to no fat, and no processed sugar makes me wonder how much the cleanse is doing versus the healthy eating. I eat pretty healthy already but need to work on eating more veggies, less fat and no sugar (goodbye cookies fort 10 days = sadness). Either way, if I am a bit leaner in time for being a bridesmaid in Amber’s wedding this weekend I’ll be a happy camper.

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Speaking of healthier eating, how about a veggie burger? When it comes to meatless burgers, black bean is typically the first kind people think of. Yet, for some reason I shied away from this version and tried every other kind first. I have no legitimate reason for this other than it simply did not appeal to me. But that all changed when this burger came into my life. It should come as no surprise that part of the reason this burger was so appealing to me was the addition of avocado slices on top. But I also liked that jalapeno and corn were mixed into the patty as well.

I made these burgers before the cleanse began, but to meet the guidelines given by AdvoCare I should have substituted the oil with broth, the bun for whole wheat (although I normally do), and the fries for veggies. Next time ;-).

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Serves 3


1/2 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped

1 clove garlic

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp tomato sauce

1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 1-1/2 Tbsp water, let sit for 5 minutes

1/4 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)

Olive oil (or canola oil)

3 burger buns, toasted

Avocado slices, lettuce, sriracha and ketchup, for topping


  1. Add jalapeno and the garlic to a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely.
  2. Add half the can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax mixture, corn and remaining black beans. Stir well until everything is combined.
  4. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into three patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.
  5. Serve burgers on toasted buns with avocado slices, lettuce, sriracha and ketchup.

Source: Halved from Eat, Live, Run.


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16 Responses to “Spicy Black Bean Burgers”

  • LOVING these burgers!! I have got to try black bean burgers!! I’ve never had them before :/ And so excited to see your cleanse results!

  • These burgers look fantastic. My husband won’t eat them so I have always bought premade ones for just me to when I am in the mood. I would much rather make some though. I think a good cleanse before the holidays would do me some good too.

  • Ali:

    Yep… I’ll be making these ASAP!

  • I am just loving that avocado on top.
    I crave those all year long.
    Was craving them so badly yesterday that I stopped and bought 2 on the way home.
    I should print this recipe out, I’m getting hungry!

  • Susan:

    These burgers sound delicious. The olive oil you used should not be a problem (from my point of view). Really low fat diets do nothing to help you, and your body needs good fats like olive oil. Low fat diets have been proven to be a bad idea (that’s not to say you should go all out and eat tons of fat, but reasonable amounts are okay and necessary). Some of the B vitamins are soluble only in fats. I have reached a point where, despite the fact that my weight is not where I’d like it to be, I am comfortable eating appropriate quantities of fats. And I’ve found on more than one occasion that losing weight is not only possible, but works better – as in you don’t get cravings – if you eat enough fat and stay away from the sugars.

    • spiffycookie:

      Oh I completely agree that you need healthy fats,. but for the 10-day cleanse it says to limit it as much as possible. I assume it has to do with it’s ability to clear out your system.

  • kita:

    Im totally looking forward to hearing your results. Ive been watching Stephs and it does seem awesome. >< I really dont want to give up cookies though

    • spiffycookie:

      Did you see her day 17 results!? Insane! Avoiding cookies would be a serious dilemma though. But I think I may be able to handle 10 days for the cleanse haha.

  • I’m ready to dub you the avocado queen, my friend! I’ve always shied away from black bean burgers too, mostly because I wasn’t a huge fan of black beans, but I’m coming around on them so I need to give burgers a try!

  • Black bean burgers are vegetarian classic for a reason! Plus i love the Mexican spices that are always paired with them. You’ll have to keep us posted on how your cleanse goes!

  • I have always wanted to try a black bean burger…this might be just the push I need! 🙂

  • While on the cleanse remember, your brain runs on glucose, Feed it sugar! 🙂 I need to eat more veggies too. I like salad, but a serving of spinach is like three cups.

  • Tonya:

    Excellent! Easier than I thought they’d be. And taste is tremendous!! Added more garlic!

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