Grillable Black Bean Burgers (oil-free)

Hi friends!

Grillable black bean burgers are here! Have you been looking for a veggie burger recipe that actually tastes good? Stop right here because this recipe is out of this world delicious. They’re smoky, flavorful, meaty, perfectly seasoned, hearty and filling. I provide both a grill method and stove-top method depending on how you’d like to make them.

What ingredients will I need?

The ingredients are simple plant-based ingredients that are accessible, easy to find, budget friendly and are probably items you already have in your vegan pantry/fridge. You need brown rice, black beans, breadcrumbs of choice (I either use gluten-free or whole wheat), BBQ sauce, spices and onion! That’s it!

Will my meat-eating family and friends like these?

Absolutely. They are super flavorful and so delicious when paired with all of the classic burger toppings. My meat-eating father-in-law begs me to make these and gobbles them up every single time I make them. If that isn’t a ringing endorsement I don’t know what is!

Note: this recipe for grillable black bean burgers is super simple, you just have to mix all the ingredients in 1-bowl and then you form them into patties. Pop them on the grill or stove and they’re done!

Common Questions

How many burger patties does this make? This recipe makes 7 burger patties. Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you want to freeze them or have a larger family to feed. You can even make a bunch ahead of time to meal prep and eat throughout the week.

Can I make these grillable black bean burgers spicy? Sure! Add jalepenos or get a spicy chili powder to amp up the heat. I used a mild chili powder so the ones I made are just super flavorful rather than spicy.

How long do these keep in the fridge/freezer? They should last up to 4 days in the fridge but up to 4 months in the freezer. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer with pieces of parchment in-between each burger.

Black Bean Burger Cooking Methods

Stove top method: For oil-free method use a non-stick pan, or if you don’t have a non-stick pan, spray with a little oil, and cook the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Cook on medium heat.

Grill method: Grill on each side until browned and grill marks are left. For accuracy, use a meat thermometer and cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees F.

Grillable black bean burgers

Topping Ideas

The best toppings for these grillable black bean burgers are all of the classic burger toppings we all know and love. Add tomato, lettuce, mustard, ketchup, vegan mayo, and of course PICKLES! I feel like you can’t have a burger without pickles.

Use a whole wheat bun, gluten-free bun, your favorite roll, sandwich bread or simply wrap in lettuce for “protein style”!

More fun topping ideas:

  • vegan cole slaw
  • bbq sauce
  • dijon mustard
  • vegan tempeh bacon strips
  • vegan cheese to make cheeseburgers
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • hummus
  • red onions
  • guacamole
  • avocado slices

Grillable black bean burgers

Make a summer spread! My burger spread has avocado, tomato, lettuce, whole grain buns and crispy air-fried french fries! These grillable black bean burgers pair perfectly with these OIL-FREE FRENCH FRIES!

More recipes to make for your at-home barbecue:

  1. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches
  2. Vegan Tempeh Ribs
  3. Healthy Vegan Potato Salad
  4. Grilled Peach Salad
  5. Spicy Corn
  6. Tofu Crispy Tenders
  7. Vanilla Pie

Your guests will be so impressed with all of these recipes, especially these veggie burgers!

Grillable black bean burgers

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Grillable black bean burgers

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Grillable Black Bean Burgers (oil-free)

Hearty, meaty, smoky, BBQ grillable black bean burgers are easy to make and, vegan, oil-free and gluten-free optional.
serving 7 burgers
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 20 minutes

the ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup brown rice or quinoa cooked
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs of choice sub oat flour
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce of choice
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Saute onions until soft
  • Blend pecans and all the spices in your blender or food processor until completely ground up and combined
  • In a large bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until mashed completely with a few black bean pieces left. Add cooked brown rice, pecan + spice blend, onions, BBQ sauce, and breadcrumbs. Mix together well until combined.
  • Form into patties - you will get about 7 burger patties.
  • I used an indoor grill but you can use an outdoor grill, or stove top. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until browned. See notes for grill vs. stove top method.
  • Serve on your favorite bun, sandwich bread, or eat plain! Add toppings like ketchup, mustard, pickles, vegan mayo, tomato, lettuce etc.
  • Enjoy!

Try out more recipes from Danielle at HealthyGirl Kitchen!

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BBQ Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sandwich

White Bean Alfredo (vegan, no oil, gf optional)

High Protein Vegan Alfredo

Classic Plant-Based Potato Salad

Healthy Vegan Potato Salad

In good health,


Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

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  1. Zazu says:

    Hello 🙂 Your burgers look great and I am planning to make them for dinner tomorrow night. I just have two questions: 1. Do I need 1 cup of dry quinoa and then cook it or do I cook it and measure 1 cup afterwards? 2. Do you think I can make the burgers in the oven?


    1. Danielle Keith says:

      Hi! You will love them. You need 1 cup cooked quinoa! So cook the quinoa then measure out 1 cup of it for the recipe. I would make them on the stove top.

  2. Kristine says:

    We made these last night and they held together well and had a very good flavor. Will definitely make again – so simple and I get tired of processed burger made from soy protein isolate- so thank you!4 stars

  3. Lisa Christman says:

    Family loved the flavor, I thought a bit strong. Then my daughter found the rice in the microwave! I totally forgot to use it. I’ll definitely be making again, though, WITH the rice!5 stars

  4. Heather says:

    I made these burgers last night for dinner and they were so good!! They were even a hit with my meat-eating husband!!! 😃 I’m so excited to have found your recipes!! You are helping me to stay on track and have quick, easy and DEILICIOUS meals ready to go!!5 stars

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  5. Sarah says:

    Hi! Excited to make these for dinner – however we can’t have nuts – think these would hold up well without the nuts? Thanks!

    1. Stacy says:

      Do you have to add the nuts? We have nut allergies in the family, but I really want to try these!! TIA

      1. Taylor says:

        Hi! Taylor from team HealthyGirl here!
        You could try doing a seed or something with a crunch that will help with binding the burgers instead!

  6. Susie says:

    Yummy! Freeze after cooking or before?

  7. Wendie Bowers says:

    What is the nutrition values for this burger? Calories, carbs & protein per burger??

    Thank you,

    1. Danielle Brown says:

      Hi Wendie! If you add the ingredients to MyFitnessPal you can figure this out. Hope you love them!

  8. Louise Hale says:

    These are delicious 😋 and we are meat eaters! I’ll be making them again! I cooked my beans in the Instant pot, used gluten free bread crumbs and made guacamole for topping. My husband loved them also! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!5 stars

  9. Charles Taggart says:

    Made these last night. Tasted really good, even my non-vegan wife and daughter liked it.

    I did make a few changes because I did not want to run to the store. I used a blend of leftover brown rice an quinoa and used cashews instead of pecans (I did not have pecans).

    Leftovers for lunch today were even better.
    Thank you for the recipe.5 stars