These black bean smashburgers are my favorite veggie burger! A simple, easy black bean mixture is smashed into a hot sizzling pan until super thin and crisp. Top with cheddar and add your lettuce and tomato – omg! It’s perfect.

Weekend burgers are on the menu! 

black bean smashburgers

This black bean burger is super flavorful and crisp with the crunchiest edges. It’s smothered in cheese and served with lettuce, tomato and my signature house sauce for the ultimate smash burger… made with beans! 

I’m in lust. 

black bean smashburgers

Oh my gosh. 

This burger is my new favorite thing, EVER.

And that’s saying a lot, because I have an excellent veggie burger recipe already. I also have a fabulous baked black bean burger in Everyday Dinners!

black bean smashburgers

But I’m quite partial to smashburgers – I just can’t help it. I love them because they are such thin, skinny patties! I don’t like to eat thick burgers – it reminds me of eating a meatball or something. Just on a bun.

So smashburgers it is. For me, forever. 

It’s just going to be that way always. 

black bean smashburgers

This is how they come together!

First, I drain and rinse a can of black beans, then smash them with a fork. I like to smash them with the fork so some pieces remain whole but others are smashed – leading to excellent texture. 

Spices come next! Smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, some dried thyme… these are my favorites. I love the flavor combo they create. 

Then, those extra ingredients to bind everything together. Some seasoned bread crumbs, a beaten egg. Cheese!! A little goes a long way. You can also add some diced shallots or peppers if you wish! 

black bean smashburgers

I use my hands to bring everything together, and just like ground beef, I divide the mixture into four equal portions. And I form them into balls, because this makes the entire smashing process easier. 

Next, the smashing! A hot cast iron skillet, some avocado oil – and smash. I press one of the burgers into the skillet, then use the back of a glass to smash it into the skillet, pressing it into the thinnest patty that I can! 

black bean smashburgers

Once the burgers are cooked on both sides, I add on some cheddar cheese. The rest is easy: brioche or potato buns, lettuce, tomato and house sauce

Or anything else you love on your burger. 

black bean smashburgers

They are PHENOMENAL. So crispy and crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside with some texture. The flavor is smoky and seasoned. The cheese is melty and wonderful! 

black bean smashburgers

Never going back from these ones!

black bean smashburgers

Black Bean Smashburgers

Black Bean Smashburger

These black bean smashburgers are my favorite veggie burger! A simple, easy black bean mixture is smashed into a hot sizzling pan until super thin and crisp. Top with cheddar and add your lettuce and tomato - omg! It's perfect.
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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Place the black beans in a bowl and use a fork to coarsely smash them. I like to leave a mix of whole beans and smashed ones.
  • Add in the egg, bread crumbs, cheese, paprika, garlic powder and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together until combined.
  • Use your hands to bring the mixture together. It should be moist and mashed enough to bring together and form a patty. If not, use the fork to mash more of the beans.
  • Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Form them into balls.
  • Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the black bean ball and press it into the skillet. Use the back of a jar or glass (I spray mine with nonstick spray) and press the patty down into the skillet, smashing it into the thinnest patty possible. Use the glass around the edges to smash the pieces together if they come apart. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, until golden. Gently flip the burger over.
  • Cook on the other side until it’s brown and golden and crisp. Add a slice of cheddar on each burger and let it melt.
  • Place on the bun and top with lettuce, tomato and house sauce!
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