Photo: Becky Luigat-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
6 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

Category finalist: Family Dinners.

"I try to cook vegetarian as much as possible. My then-16-month-old daughter loved black beans, so I decided to make black bean burgers. My now-2-year-old loves them! I like a sweet bite with savory dishes, so I added mango to an avocado salsa to top the burgers." –Marina Delio, Santa Barbara, Calif.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Place black beans in a medium bowl; mash with a fork. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro and the next 7 ingredients (through egg whites). Shape bean mixture into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Arrange patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, carefully turning once.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1/4 cup cilantro, mango, and the next 4 ingredients (through minced garlic) in a medium bowl. Place a patty on bottom half of each hamburger bun; top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1/3 cup salsa, and top half of bun.

Ratings & Reviews

Great, easy, meatless meal!

April 07, 2015
We (well, I) have a commitment to make one new meatless meal each week.  Hubby was reluctant, but this recipe was a big hit!  Only change I made was to cook these at 375 degrees for the last 10 minutes.  The salsa was great.  I would consider using the salsa on grilled swordfish perhaps as well.

MrsWaz's Review

June 04, 2013
LOVED this recipe. Probably my favorite bean burger recipe so far. The salsa is awesome. I used a potato masher for the beans.

WCMOMof2's Review

April 24, 2013
I have made these too many times to count. Sometimes I use different cheese; whatever I have left over. I use canned jalapenos and leave half without for the kids. NO CILANTRO for us. And I use one large egg. (Never know what to do with the two remaining yolks.) I haven't made the mango salsa yet. Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, on a bun or not. Always well received.

jennie12's Review

March 11, 2013
I love these as a healthy, delicious vegetarian option. I left off the bun and make black bean cakes over a salad dressed with lime juice and olive oil. Since I was working out of the pantry, I made a few substitutes which made them better than when I made them according to this recipe. I used chipotle in adobo rather than jalapeño, used cheddar cheese, and used pineapple in the salsa rather than mango. I made the salsa the night before, which helped the flavors meld better and cut down on prep time the night of. It's in my regular rotation now.

LDombeck's Review

January 30, 2013
The salsa for this was really good, but I would use less shallots and finely chop them. they were a bit over-powering and made it a bit strong for my tastes as well as the kids'. Otherwise, the burgers were good. I Would make it in a food processor to save time in the future. Without the salsa, the burgers were a bit bland. My leftovers needed something and I used sliced avocado.

larthefoody's Review

September 08, 2012
The black beans were taking too long to mash so i threw them in a food processor and that got the job done nicely! You could really throw everything in there and pulse till it's combined. I didn't add cheese and I think that they would've been more moist with the addition of 1 egg yolk vs. just the egg white. The salsa is sooo yummy. overall. yummy burger.

iThrowLikeaGirl's Review

May 17, 2012
Wow. Completely delicious and JUST as satisfying as a beef burger (which is a lot for me to say)! Was skeptical about the consistency but it turned out perfectly. Served it like a regular hamburger with onion, pickle, tomato etc. Will be adding to the regular rotation for sure.

EllenDeller's Review

April 19, 2012
We liked these a lot and found them filling and tasty. My only changes were in method of prep and cooking. I made them into patties the night before and chilled them, and thus they did not fall apart at all in cooking. Instead of baking, I microwaved a minute just to warm them up, then finished in the black iron skillet with 1 tsp. olive oil, just a minute or two per side over medium heat. Served with sweet potatoes and asparagus for a fun dinner.

librarianMartha's Review

March 26, 2012
I didn't have avocados so I used fresh pineapple with the mango instead. Omitted the garlic in the salsa. Was so delicious!

beachbum15's Review

December 08, 2011
Made these without the salsa and they were still a huge hit with my husband! Served them on Hawaiian sweet rolls with regular salsa. A must-try!