Once you go black bean, your summer grilling repertoire might never be the same. Beef burger loyalists might roll their eyes, but these protein-packed vegan black bean burgers from Free People chef Greg Glowatz  are so delicious, they could convert even the most committed carnivorous grill nerds.

If your summer schedule is brimming with BBQ plans, be sure to toss this recipe into the mix. It’s clean, spiced to perfection and made with ingredients you probably have floating around in your kitchen already. Learn how to make these black beans burger below…


Vegan Black Bean Burgers


½ cup scallions, chopped
½ tsp garlic, minced
¼ tsp fresh green chilies, minced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cups drained, canned black beans, dried and mashed
1/3 cup black bean liquid (from can)
3 tbsp ground flax seeds
½ cup crushed gluten-free corn tortilla chips
1 tsp ground toasted coriander
½ tsp ground toasted cumin
¼ tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
shredded red cabbage, lime for garnish (optional)


Sautee the scallions, garlic and fresh green chilies in olive oil for 1 minute. Add to mashed black beans along with the rest of the ingredients. Stir until combined and scoop out mixture into 1 cup portions. Form patties and sear in a hot pan with a drizzle of EVOO.

Serve on bun or alone with vegan lime aioli, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and pickles, or serve with shredded red cabbage, cilantro and lime juice.

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