Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Goat Cheese

So, something rather annoying happened over the weekend. My oven stopped working. I used it to make some naan to go with dinner, and then when I turned it back on two hours later to make some brownies, it wouldn’t heat up. The stove part still works fine, but the oven is definitely not ok.

I consider myself to be pretty creative in the kitchen, so it hasn’t become a major inconvenience yet, BUT I have another test coming up and we all know that when I get stressed, I bake. So….this problem is gonna need to resolve itself pretty quickly.

Meanwhile, I’ve still been whipping up some pretty tasty meals in the kitchen. As you may recall, we’ve had a surplus of guac this week so I LOVE guac on my burgers….so I decided to whip up some black bean burgers. I’m still working on finding a go-to bean burger recipe that sticks together really well. This one did a pretty good job, but still crumbled a little bit. I’ve gotten better about not trying to flip them too often and that helps a lot. I also like to bake them, but clearly that wasn’t an option this week.

I used these as an inspiration.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers w/ Goat Cheese

by Lindsay L

Keywords: pan sear burger entree healthy vegetarian black beans goat cheese

Ingredients (4-6 burgers)

  • 2 c black beans, cooked
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/4 c pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 c carrots, grated
  • 1/2 c mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c goat cheese crumbles


1. Place the oats and pepitas in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.

2. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the egg, goat cheese and 1/2 c black beans.

3. Pulse several times until well combined.

4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Use your hands to mix everything together and form into patties.

5. Place patties in the freezer for 30 minutes.

6. Cook in a skillet, flipping twice.

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These burgers had great flavor and I loved the crumbled goat cheese.

While the burgers were in the freezer, I got to work on some baby potatoes. I roasted them in my cast iron skillet since I couldn’t use the oven.

And voila! Dinner is served.


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. how adorable are those little baby potatoes?!? love it! :)

    and major bummer about the oven. :( i hope you don’t have to get a new one! (or maybe that would be a fun problem…. 😉 )
    sarah (sarah learns) recently posted..groovin’

  2. The guac looks so delicious! I need to get some in my life
    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles recently posted..Pad Thai, 2 Ways

  3. I’ve been craving a good black bean burger! And I have a love affair with goat cheese so this recipe is bascially a win-win for me. Thanks for sharing!!! :) I’m so excited to make these!
    Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com recently posted..Trilogy of Trouble

  4. Black bean burgers are my absolute favorite. And I bet that goat cheese just amped up the flavor. I have a go to recipe as well, and those burgers stick together pretty well. I’ll send it your way if you want!
    Parita @ myinnershakti recently posted..Body Bashing Be Gone

  5. I am making these ASAP! I love a good black bean burger :)
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Nutrient Enriched Foods: What Do You Think?

  6. I MUST MAKE THESE!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM! Black beans are one of my all time favies
    Meg recently posted..Gym Giggles and Protein Review

  7. Making these this week! How do you have that awesome “pin it” appear in the pic? Is that a total blog app?
    Carissa recently posted..Friday Five

  8. I love the flavor of these, and have made them twice now. But they do seem to be a bit mushy. When I bit down they squish right out the sides. Any thoughts on how to firm them up?


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