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vegan black bean burgers

Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Tahini Garlic Cream

The best healthy vegan black bean burgers are gluten free, packed with veggies and filled with plenty of spices. This is the ultimate vegan black bean burger recipe that's easy to make, holds together well and is incredibly delicious! Top with avocado, onion, tomato and a super addicting garlic tahini sauce.

Course Burgers, Dinner, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan black bean burgers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 228 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the burger:
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 -1/3 cup oat flour, gluten free if desired
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic Tahini Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons warm water, to thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For serving (optional and not included in nutrition):
  • 4 sprouted/whole grain or gluten free buns
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Slices of red onion
  • Tomato slices


  1. Mix flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
  2. Place a large pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Once oil is hot, add in onion, garlic and carrot; saute for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and carrots begin to soften a bit. 
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the spices: cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Using a food processor or high powered blender, blend black beans until well blended and just a few bean chunks remain.

  5. Transfer to the bowl with the veggies and then stir in the flax egg and the oat flour. Taste, adjust seasonings and add additional salt and pepper if necessary.

  6. Divide mixture into 4 patties. Put on a plate and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

  7. While the burgers are in the fridge firming up, make the garlic tahini sauce by mixing together the following in a small bowl: tahini, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt.
  8. After 30 minutes, place a large skillet pan over medium heat and generously spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the patties and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and heated through.
  9. Place on buns with tomato, avocado, red onion and tahini sauce. Serve with sweet potato fries or a salad. Makes 4 burgers.

Recipe Notes

How to freeze vegan black bean burgers

Before cooking: shape your black bean burgers and place them in an airtight, freezer-friendly container or bag. If you're stacking the burgers I'd recommend putting wax or parchment paper in between the layers so that they don't stick together. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, you can either let them thaw in the fridge before cooking or cook them directly from frozen - you may just need to cook them a bit longer from frozen.

After cooking: let your vegan burger patties cool completely before placing them in airtight, freezer-friendly containers or bags. As I mentioned above, put wax or parchment paper in between the layers of burgers if you're stacking them. Freeze them for up to 3 months. To reheat, let them thaw in the fridge before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop for a couple minutes on each side. You can also reheat these directly from frozen - I recommend doing so on the stovetop.

See the full post for instructions on grilling your black bean burgers!

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Tahini Garlic Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.7g10%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Carbohydrates 33.2g11%
Fiber 7.5g31%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10.6g21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.