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A black bean burger topped with red peppers, onions and basil on a plate
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Mediterranean Black Bean Burgers

These easy Mediterranean black bean burgers are topped with whipped feta, roasted onions and peppers, and basil for a super satisfying vegetarian meal that everyone will love! 
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 504kcal
Author Ann Otis

Ingredients

Roasted Vegetables

  • 1 red onion sliced crosswise into rounds
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Whipped Feta

  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
  • cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

Burgers

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup finely crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 burger buns

Additional toppings: fresh basil leaves, tomato slices

    Instructions

    Roasted Vegetables

    • Preheat the oven to to 425. On a large baking sheet, toss together the onions and peppers with the olive oil, salt and pepper (reserve a little of each for the patties). Transfer to the preheated oven and roast until tender, about 20 minutes.

    Whipped Feta

    • While the oven is heating, add the whipped feta ingredients to a food processor, and process on high for 2-3 minutes until creamy.

    Burgers

    • When the vegetables come out of the oven, lower the heat to 350. Spread the black beans evenly onto a large baking sheet lined with a baking mat or aluminum foil. Transfer to the oven for about 15 minutes until the beans look gray and dry, with the skins slightly crispy.
    • Transfer the beans to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or a fork. Keep some texture. In a large bowl, combine the beans, eggs, bread crumbs, feta, finely chopped red pepper and onion, parsley, olive oil, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 6 patties.
    • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook the burgers, 3 at a time, about 4-5 minutes per side., pressing down with the spatula occasionally. * see notes for other cooking methods
    • Transfer cooked patties to a plate and lightly grill the burger buns.

    Assemble the burgers

    • Place a patty on the bottom of each burger bun. Spread some whipped feta on the top half. Top the burgers with roasted vegetables, a tomato slice and a few fresh basil leaves.

    Notes

    Cooking options
    • To cook on an outdoor grill: Heat a well-oiled grill to medium-high. Cook for about 5 minutes per side.
    • To cook in the oven: Preheat the oven to 375 F. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat, or greased foil. Cook about 20 minutes total, flipping once halfway through.
    Make Ahead
    All components (patties, roasted vegetables, and whipped feta) can be made a day ahead and stored, covered in the refrigerator, until ready to cook.
    Patties can also be frozen, individually wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 3 months.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1462mg | Potassium: 683mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1237IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 6mg