Vegan Black Bean Patties

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Black Bean Patties That Will Satisfy Your Veg Burger Fix

I eat a lot of beans.

But, sometimes a bowl of nicely dressed beans just doesn’t cut it. And I need some crispy beans in my life.

So, how do you make beans crispy? Mash them up and cook them again.

These black bean patties are baked to add some crisp to their outside. With a meaty interior, these patties will make a delicious vegan black bean burger if you’re into that. I prefer to serve over a bowl of greens with a nice creamy dressing.

Plus, these vegan patties are super easy to make. The actual time you’ll spend cooking is minimal. You may be wondering how the ingredients bind together. Eggs? Flour? Breadcrumbs?

Nope. Healthy sweet potato is the key ingredient here.

So, get some crisp on those black beans and make these vegan black bean patties!

Vegan black bean patties

My Bad…

These black bean patties have spicy cayenne and paprika powders to pump up their flavor.

The first time I made these patties, I mistakenly thought the cayenne was paprika, so I added way too much.

The second time I made these patties, I didn’t realize that the cayenne didn’t have a small holed cap to control the amount that comes out (probably because I put it on the paprika last time I used it). So, the cayenne dumped out into the mixture again!

Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of spice. But, my wife is, so she was living the dream while I suffered during dinner.

The third time was the charm.

Paprika and cayenne
Cayenne and paprika (aka “Yum”). Honest mistake…

Are Black Beans Healthy?

Like other beans, black beans are the seed of a legume black.

According to Medical News Today, they are high in fiber and protein. They also offer a bunch of other health benefits. They may help strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and the risks of cancer and heart disease.

Black beans (and beans in general) play an important role in plant based diets because of their high protein content in comparison to other plant based sources. So, if you’re on a plant based diet, make sure you’re getting your fill of beans.

If you’re using canned beans, be sure to check the sodium content. I’ve been checking this more often and noticing that some canned beans (especially the non-organic) have surprisingly high amounts of sodium. The amount ranges from less than around 90 mg (about 4% of recommended intake) to over 400 mg (up to 20%) in cans that have salt.

So, I recommend avoiding anything on the higher end. There are also no-salt options.

Roasted sweet potatoes
Vegan black bean patties mixture
Vegan black bean patties mixture

Can I Use A Food Processor To Mix These Black Bean Patties?

Great question! Yes, you can use a food processor to break up the beans and make the mixture. Your patties will have a different texture. They will be much denser, but still really tasty. And they will stick together better.

I prefer to break up the beans manually using a fork, wooden spoon, or pestle. I like the chunky texture with the beans not fully pulverized like they get in the food processor. But, they don’t stay together quite as well.

How Long Do These Vegan Patties Last?

These black bean patties will last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator. I like these OXO containers. They are the best reusable containers you can get. No leaking. And microwave, dishwasher, freezer, oven, and freezer safe.

Vegan black bean patties

Can I Use Dried Black Beans Instead of Canned?

For some weird reason, I don’t see dried black beans as much as other beans in the bulk section of grocery stores. But, you can typically find them bagged in the grains and beans aisle.

You can pretty much always substitute cooked dried beans for canned beans in recipes. Canned beans are just cooked beans in the first place.

I love dried beans. They’re super affordable. You can make a batch and eat for days. I write all about how to cook them in this post on how to cook dried beans.

If you choose to use dried beans, just remember that there are about 1.5 cups of cooked beans per can of beans. So, you’ll need 3 cups of cooked beans for this recipe.

Vegan black bean patties

Serving These Black Bean Patties

You can treat these vegan patties like a piece of meat. Eat them on their own or spruce them up. Here are some ideas on how:

  • Veggie Burger – These patties make a great veggie burger. Add to a burger bun or wrap with a dash of sriracha and you’re good to go.
  • Make it a pita – Add the patties to a pita with a handful of greens and some yogurt for a delicious handheld meal.
  • One-bowl meal – Top a bowl of mixed greens with these patties for a healthy one bowl meal.
  • Top with a creamy sauce – A creamy sauce goes perfectly with these patties. Try this garlic yogurt sauce or avocado, cilantro, and lime dressing for next level flavor. In fact, you can add one of these sauces to your black bean burger or bowl if you’re really trying to get after it.
Vegan black bean patties

Vegan Black Bean Patties

Nick @ walktoeat
Vegan black bean patties recipe to satisfy your veg burger fix. These vegan patties are perfect with a creamy sauce, in a wrap, or over a bowl of greens.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 311 kcal


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 small), halved and pricked all over with a fork
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups cooked beans)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne or chili powder (optional)
  • 1/4 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Rub sweet potato(es) all over with 1 tbsp oil and a few pinches of salt. Place them cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast 25-30 minutes until you can slide a fork into them.
  • Add black beans to a large bowl. Use a potato masher or fork to smash the black beans until many of them are broken up. It's okay if there are still a lot of whole beans.
  • Scoop the sweet potato from its skin, add it to the bowl with beans. Mash the sweet potato and mix it into the beans.
  • Add the paprika, cayenne (if using), onion, and garlic. Mix to combine. Season with salt depending on the amount of salt in your canned beans.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsp oil over a baking sheet use your hand or spoon to coat the entire sheet. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop out the mixture. You should measure a little less than fills the cup to get 8 patties. Place each scoop on the oiled baking sheet and press down to flatten to about 1 inch thick.
  • Bake patties 40-45 minutes until browned. Flip halfway through baking. Store covered in the refrigerator 3-4 days.


Spiciness: Adjust the amount of cayenne/chili powder to control the spiciness of the dish. You can go up to 1 tsp if you want these really spicy.
Sodium: Adjust seasoning based on the amount of salt in your canned beans. Some canned beans already have a high amount of sodium, so you do not need to add much salt to this dish. If you are using beans with no added salt, then you will need to add salt to your mixture prior to shaping.


Sodium: 289mgCalcium: 39mgSugar: 1.6gFiber: 10.1gPotassium: 1144mgCalories: 311kcalSaturated Fat: 1.5gFat: 11.5gProtein: 7.2gCarbohydrates: 47gIron: 2mg
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Ready to Make These Black Bean Patties?

I love a good burger. But, a crispy legume patty like these will satisfy my fix as a healthy and cheaper weekday alternative. Served with a small bowl of yogurt and that’s a meal that will keep you feeling full.

Just don’t mistake the cayenne for the paprika like me. Or else these will be called “Super Spicy Black Bean Patties”.

These patties are part of the 14-Day Vegetarian Reboot. A two-week meal plan for busy people like you so you can have more time, more energy, and gain freedom from prepared food and complicated diets.

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