Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine;Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Serves 4

Here's an entire meal, ready in less than 20 minutes. For firmer yolks, cook eggs 5 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 egg, and beans in a food processor. Pulse 20 times or until mixture becomes a coarsely chopped paste. Combine bean mixture, 5 tablespoons panko, onions, and next 5 ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2

Place 3 tablespoons panko in a dish. Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions. Shape each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty; dredge in panko. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 teaspoons canola oil. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Wipe pan clean. Add remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil. Crack 4 eggs into skillet. Cover and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3

To prepare salad, combine olive oil and next 4 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add lettuce; toss gently to coat. Arrange 1 1/2 cups salad, 1 black bean patty, and 1 egg on each of 4 plates. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

krendell's Review

January 20, 2013
I really like these; however, I've adapted the recipe. We make the black bean cakes smaller and serve them with lettuce cups and tahini sauce (tahini, natural yogurt, lemon juice, garlic). Absolutely delicious!


February 09, 2017
Will have to try again based on other's reviews, but thought was just OK.  Dressing was good but go easy on the lime juice. Cakes were a little dry and flavor just OK.


December 19, 2015
these were delicious! much better than store-bought veggie burgers :)

Ryansmommie68's Review

August 28, 2014
These are by far the best black bean burgers I have had. I'm so glad I made them. I'm tired of reading ingredients in the frozen aisle. These are a keeper! I made a double batch and they are gone now. Time to make another batch.

carolfitz's Review

April 27, 2014
Added more garlic and cooked the patties longer til browned. Served with ¼ link chorizo and soft-boiled eggs instead of fried. Very good dinner. (made 2nd time using Serious Eats prep tip: spread drained beans on cookie sheet, bake 20min @ 350F, then follow recipe)

ajahurst's Review

January 08, 2014
This recipe was really good the only reason I gave it a two was because I changed it up a bit from its original recipe. I didn't have any green onions so I used red onions and white onions, also I toped it with friend portabellas, Greek yogurt, and smashed avocado. It was really good and my husband and the kids loved it. Where trying not to eat so much meat and this was a perfect meal

LDombeck's Review

November 19, 2013
I had been meaning to make this for about a year and finally got around to it. I wish I had sooner. This is one of the best bean cake recipes I've found from CL. My husband wished I had made a double batch! I used 2 garlic cloves instead of one and it gave it great flavor. The salad and egg were also really good with it. I also had to cook the patties a couple more mins on each side than specified. But it did come together pretty fast.

lwatermulder's Review

August 31, 2013
My husband and I really liked this dish! I thought the salad needed a little something sweet, so I added pears, which was a great addition. Goat cheese & pistachio nuts would also be a good addition to the salad. I loved the bean cakes and thought the egg was a good pairing. However, it still seemed a tiny bit dry to me, so next time I will try adding a spoonful of sour cream on top of the bean cakes and maybe garnish on top of that with some green onions. Will enjoy experimenting with this one! **update** I added a spoonful of sour cream and a couple slices of avocado to the bean cake and it was DELICIOUS.

Beccaroo73's Review

April 22, 2013
Loved this! Easy and fast and tastes great. I could see trying to experiment with adding in some additional ingredients next time, like some mushrooms or red bell pepper. Will definitely add to my regular rotation.

smithker's Review

March 21, 2013
I loved these. I did make a few modifications. Used garbanzo beans because I had them on hand and didn't realize I was out of black beans. I also added a little extra cumin, red pepper, and cilantro. With the vinaigrette I added just a little brown sugar and warmed it up a little in the microwave before tossing it in the greens (baby kale) My husband was very skeptical of this recipe when I was making it but we both loved it. He went back for seconds. Presentation was very pretty. Will definatly make again!