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Chipotle burger on a plate between buns and topped with ketchup.

Chipotle Lime Black Bean Burger

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This chipotle black bean burger is the perfect texture, easy to make and loaded with sweet citrusy lime and smoky chipotle flavors. 


  • 1 cup sweet potato, sliced into 1/4 inch coins
  • 1, 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 red onion, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Set oven to 400F. On a lined baking sheet, add your sweet potato rounds and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Move the sweet potato to one side of the pan and add your black beans then bake for an additional 7-8 minutes. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flax seeds and water and mix well then set aside. Allow about 5 minutes to gel. 
  3. To a food processor, add in the beans, sweet potato along with all the remaining ingredients including the flax eggs. Pulse the mixture together, scraping down the sides as needed and continue pulsing until the mixture starts to become moldable. 
  4. Divide the mixture into 6 equal sized burger patties. If cooking on a skillet, add a little oil to a pan and cook both sides of the patties for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat until browned. If baking in the oven, place patties on a lined baking tray and spray both sides with a little oil and place in the oven at 375F for 20 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes until firm.   


The secret to making the best texture for your burger is to bake your beans. This helps to firm up the beans and reduce excess moisture to help prevent your burger from being mushy.

Adjust your burger texture based on your preference. You just need to blend the ingredients until they stick together, after that, additional blending will just adjust how many chunks of vegetable you end up wanting to see. I like some chunks in my burger, but if you don’t just keep pulsing the mixture until you are happy with the consistency.

If your burger mixture appears very sticky, blend in a 2-3 extra tablespoons of oats to the mix to help absorb some extra moisture.

You can bake or pan fry these burgers. I personally liked the texture of this best when it was pan fried. It kept the burger slightly soft (not mushy) in the middle but had a nice firm, crisper edge. If you want it really firm, bake it first and then pan fry to brown it on both sides.