Black Bean Burgers {Freezer Friendly}

Black bean burger

Do you like Bocca burgers? I used to eat them all the time because they were so convenient. Now, I’ve found a new freezer burger, made from scratch, this is more delicious than a store-bought vegetarian burger. I’m so excited to share how well these froze and tasted after a pan saute.

Honestly, I felt like saying I slaved over these fantastic burgers, but I didn’t. Sorry ladies, I made twenty-four burgers from freshly cooked black beans in about thirty minutes. Wow, it was so easy to triple the recipe and have enough burgers to share with others.

I started by soaking a 2# bag of black beans overnight and cooking them on high for six hours in my crock pot in the morning. You can see a tutorial on for cooking by stove top by clicking here. However, I used the crock pot since I wasn’t at home. I removed the lid and let the beans cool for about an hour. I drained all the beans in the crock and gave them a quick rinse.

I add all the ingredients in my stand mixer and used homemade whole bread crumbs. This was easy to grind in my blender. I save stale bread or end pieces in a freezer bag on the side of my door. When I want bread crumbs, I make my own in the blender. It’s so easy and frugal. This mixes into the mashed beans.

Update 7/11/13

I’ve found a very useful tool for shaping perfect patties. I use my English muffin ring and two sheets of patty paper. Wax paper will work just as well. I press a large ball inside of the ring and place a piece on the top to keep it from sticking.



I like to pan saute in a cast iron skillet. Don’t they look commercially made?



Brown on one side and flip to the other side and smell the aroma. You may not have any to freeze.
IMG_1730Trust me, they do not taste commercially made.

I transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before freezing.


They freeze well and reheat easily in the microwave or skillet. I like to DIY vaccuum seal and remove one at a time when I want a quick burger on a salad or bun.


Freezer Black Bean Burgers

Yield: 4 to 5 burgers

  • 3 -1/2 cups  crock pot black beans (or 2 cans rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated onion, 2 thinly sliced green onions or 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • dash of hot sauce or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • favorite oil for sauteing

If you’re using freshly cooked beans, allow beans to cool completely.

Hand mix these in a stand mixer, pulse in a food processor or mash by hand with a potato masher. Combine all the ingredients. Pulse or mix until mashed with some small pieces.

Form patties. Use foil or wax paper between patties and place in a gallon size freezer bag with cooking instructions.

Preheat a cast iron skillet to medium. Add one tablespoon  of oil and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes per side for freshly made burgers and 6 to 8 minutes for frozen burgers. Serve hot with toppings.

This is such a flavorful meatless burger, moist and delicious after freezing. I enjoy these so much I’m including them in my staple freezer supply for quick lunches for myself. They’re great on whole wheat sandwich thins, wraps or on a salad.. Be sure to invite some friends or family over and serve these hot off the griddle with pepper jack cheese and homemade pico de gallo. They reheat well in foil on the top shelf of the outdoor grill.

Have you ever made fresh black bean burgers?

Other great ideas at Tasty Tuesday.

12 thoughts on “Black Bean Burgers {Freezer Friendly}

  1. Nancy L.

    I thought I might try the recipe the first time with the canned beans (for convenience) to see if my family likes it. Is there a big difference in flavor with the canned versus the dry beans?

  2. Laurie Schott

    Hi, Jackie! Just wanted to say hello as I got online to grab this recipe again. We just ate the last of the burgers I had in the freezer, and yet again, the family raved about how delicious these are! Tonight I served them mediterranean style in pitas with tahini sauce, lettuce and chopped tomatoes because that’s all I had on hand – delicious! I just saw your new freezer fairy site — great idea! Good luck with everything!

    1. admin

      Yum, Laurie, glad you’re enjoying all the recipes. We like the triple bean burgers if you have a chance to make these too! I recently crocked and froze garbonzos for this recipe, works like a charm. Thank you for your wishes with freezer fairy. I’ll have online sessions coming soon, how to freezer cook 48 wholelicious servings in less than 2 hours.

    1. admin

      It makes a huge difference if the homemade beans are cold. I mix everything including the eggs. Add more breadcrumbs or oats to absorb more moisture. Homemade beans are more finicky. Hope that helps. And by all means use those crumbles on salads, chili and wraps, they are just as delish.

  3. Casey

    Hello! I just found your blog today because I had no idea how to freeze home cooked beans. Info is great and thought I would see your recipe for black bean burgers. My family is semi vegan and we love black bean burgers and also chickpea patties! If someone out there is looking for an eggless burger just replace each egg called for with 1tbs ground flax seed mixed with 3 tbs water. So for this recipe you would mix 2 tbs ground flax seed with 6 tbs water and let set for 5 mins. I use this in all my baking and anything that requires eggs from black bean burgers to corn bread! Great recipes by the way and will be visiting from now on for freezer meal needs

    1. admin

      Welcome Casey, glad you stopped by to share the egg replacement tip.I was just sharing this with my high school students and two are vegetarians. Thanks for your comment and hope to talk soon. Blessings

  4. Jennifer

    Great website…I’ve learned so much! We’re expecting daughter #2 in a month and just bought our first chest freezer. It’s time to try it out with your website’s help!

    1. admin

      Congrats, Jennifer. You can thaw the patties for faster cooking and reheating. I throw them on the grill on sprayed foil as well

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