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Black Bean Rice Burgers Recipe

Black Bean Rice Burgers Recipe

A salsa and sour cream sauce helps dress up these hearty vegetarian burgers. "My fiance, who's a confirmed meat-and-potatoes man, loves these sandwiches and asks for them often," relates Laura Wimbrow of Ocean City, Maryland.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup salsa, divided
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese (1 ounce each)
  • 4 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. In a large bowl, mash beans with a fork. Add the rice, onion, egg and 2 tablespoons salsa; mix well. Drop by 1/2 cupfuls into a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until firm and browned.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and remaining salsa. Place a lettuce leaf, burger, sour cream mixture and slice of cheese on bun. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 405 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 816mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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Cook38 User ID: 1584232 256099
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"Very tasty, but yes, fell apart easily and were a bit crumbly but were not dry at all. However, I did use instant brown rice, and even though it had virtually no liquid in the pan, perhaps the way instant cooks compared to regular could make the difference here. Will definitely try again, but will add a 2nd egg to see if that helps. Good suggestion to make them smaller as well since they didn't turn without falling apart. May also try baking them as suggested as well vs. frying in the skillet. Either way, will give it another go and we did enjoy them. The salsa-sour cream sauce was very refreshing! I may just make this recipe, burgers crumbly and all, and put both over lettuce instead of on a bun, and drizzle some of the sour cream and shredded cheddar, thus going breadless!"

Happygirl9 User ID: 8420659 228162
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"Loved these but made many tweaks to the recipe. Used leftover spaghetti sauce for tomato flavoring. Had 2 cups of brown rice and used it all. Cracked in 2 eggs. I still used taco spices from a packet, about 1/4 of it. I chopped up some fresh mushrooms and then used a mixer to syn it all, then dropped into 12 large blobs onto parchment paper, ha. Baked them at 350 degrees for 15 mins then I flipped them and pressed them flat for another 10 minutes. They stayed firm and they tasted delicious and now I have leftovers. Hurray."

jdgd User ID: 7510607 63496
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"These are very tasty but like others have said they fall apart easily. Next time I will try adding an additional egg, omit the salsa, and add some bread crumbs. I will bake a bit longer than I did my first time. Also, I will make smaller patties. I made the mistake of making 4 patties since the recipe states it serves 4. Both my husband and I liked them better than some of the other veggie burgers we've tried."

dmv60 User ID: 4942727 55222
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"This is my daughter's go-to recipe when she has guests. They are always surprised that it is a meat-less burger."

honeysucklerose User ID: 4098761 205569
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"I'm going to try this recipe tonight using quinoa instead of brown rice, and probably baking them after browning as per reviewer Sharan's tip. I'll report back after my husband gets home from work. :)"

asnunez User ID: 2408742 69195
Reviewed May. 16, 2009

"These were absolutely delicious! If there's a problem with the burgers being soft, make sure that you're not using instant brown rice and that all of the liquid is absorbed before using. In fact, use a bit less water that is called for when preparing it. I'm sure that this will help you out a great deal. Also, the baking idea is a good one. It does help firm them up."

bbubbles User ID: 2573647 205568
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2008

"After baking at 350d. F for approx. 35 min, they were firm enough for me to not fall apart so easily, and reminded me more of real burgers. I added 1 tbsp. finely chopped chipolte pepper (in sauce), and a few shakes of granulated garlic. Nice and spicy. Next time I will reduce the amount of salsa and add more garlic.


bbubbles User ID: 2573647 93507
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2008

"I am having the same problem as Sharan, with the burgers falling apart. I am going to try browning and baking them at 350 d. F. until they are firm. Even after browning them for 4 min/side, they are still "soft". Will post back my results!


purrinpercy User ID: 1993386 55220
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2008

"I tried this recipe the other night, it was very good and easy to make, the sauce was very good. The only problem I had was that they fell apart. I thought maybe I had put too much rice in it, but when my daughter made them they did the same thing for her. Maybe if the patties were smaller it would help any suggestions?


hwkfl User ID: 3261352 63494
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2008

"I'm going to try this...sounds delicious. I'm also going to switch the egg for egg white. Also, if you want your nonstick pans to last...never use cooking spray on them. It will eventually damage your pans."

Phyllisks User ID: 2242104 54947
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"With the price of meat getting so high, I'm always looking for receipes that use meat substitutes. This one sounds very good. I will try it!


koolema User ID: 1534978 135170
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"Since I have been diagnosed with food allergies, I have been searching for new recipes. This sounds like it might work for me (minus the salsa, and the bun. Katie R"

kenneth p User ID: 3244817 128371
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"Wow! This just sounds great. I'm going to try this for super tonight ."

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