Black Bean Mushroom Burgers {A Vegan Treat}


Continuing on my quest to find more meatless meals that my family can enjoy, I came up with a recipe for veggie burgers that includes mushrooms. I have always been in love with veggie burgers, really any kind at all. However, my husband, one of those “a meal isn’t a meal unless it has meat” souls, isn’t such an easy convert. Now that’s what I call a challenge!

My goal for making a veggie burger was making one that was hearty enough that it didn’t fall apart immediately and was filled with something that had some substance so that it would fill Ben up, and not feel like he needed a steak afterward. I also wanted to make sure to hide some nutrient rich foods in there knowing that all mixed together, no one would be the wiser!

First on my list to include was diced mushrooms. Those in my family (with the exception of me who will eat everything) are not the biggest mushroom fans, but it is solely because of the texture, not the taste. I figured dicing these electrolyte and vitamin D rich vegetables and including them would be a good idea. ūüėČ You can read more about the nutritional benefits of mushrooms from The Mushroom Channel.


On a bit of a side note, The Mushroom Council has some great information that they share on their site as well. As I was browsing the nutritional info that mushrooms pride themselves on, I came across this information about mushroom farming. We have the option of adding a mushroom share from Oley Valley Mushrooms at our CSA pick-up and so this week, I took them up on the opportunity assuming that the mushrooms would go to this. Now I can’t wait to head on over to Oley Valley Mushrooms and take a tour (hopefully they will have me)! ūüėČ

Right now, including mushrooms into our meals by hiding them is the way to go. Eventually, I am hoping to bring them out in the open so that my family can enjoy all of the varieties and everything that they have to offer.

I also decided to add some red-stemmed spinach fresh from the farm, and an onion as well. This would be an easy recipe to change up and tailor to your vegetable desires.

Black Bean and Mushroom Veggie Burger Recipe



2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup diced mushrooms (I used entirely white buttons for this recipe)

3/4 cup shredded, chopped spinach (I used red-stemmed, but any variety will do)

1 1/4 cup oats, coarsely ground

3/4 cup chopped onion (I use red, but you can use yellow if that is what you have)

2 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

4 tsp. cumin

6 cloves roasted garlic


Step 1: Using a fork, press the beans in a bowl until they are fairly mashed.

Step 2: Mix in mushrooms and oats as well as garlic, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin. Then mix in the spinach.

Step 3: Form into patties (you should get about 8 from this recipe).

Step 4: Grill or pan fry on medium heat for about 6 minutes on each side. Enjoy on a bun, topped with goat cheese (if you are not vegan), tomato, and onion. YUM!

*Note: I usually double this recipe and freeze the remaining patties. I will say that after defrosting, I would pan fry them because they usually break apart easily on the grill.


March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for 2013 is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. What a wonderful theme for not just this month, but for the whole year. Being that we are on this quest to go a bit more meatless in our everyday eating, I found a really great resource in The Mushroom Council. If your family is a fan of mushrooms, or even if they are on the fence and you too would like to see some other ways to include mushrooms in your diet, take a look at this “swapability” information. Mushrooms are a great¬†substitute¬†for meat in so many ways! They are a huge flavor enhancer as well as a frugal and nutrient rich alternative!

Make sure to check out The Mushroom Council on their other social media outlets as well: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Join in on March 20th’s Twitter Party from 8-9 p.m. EST to discuss all things mushrooms, following the hashtag #MushroomDish

*This was a sponsored post by The Mushroom Council. The Black Bean and Mushroom Burger Recipe and all opinions are my own. 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I’m not a mushroom person but this looks good. Maybe I’ll try it!
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  2. These look amazing and I love that they’re allergy-friendly for my son. Can’t wait to make them!
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  3. Cannot wait to try these! They look super yummy – and just as healthy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just made a version of these and they were very yummy. I added some bell pepper and cilantro as well as some BBQ sauce because I didn’t have any worcestershire sauce. Loved them!

    • Oooh, I think they would be great with BBQ sauce! And adding peppers, I’ll have to try that now that they are plentiful in the garden. SO glad you like them and thanks for the ideas on additions!

    • These look fantastic! Just as a quick note, be sure to omit the worcestershire if you’re serving vegetarians, since it contains animal ingredients. As an alternative, may I suggest Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or light soy sauce) with a bit of liquid smoke?

      • Thanks Summer! I actually have a vegan variety that I purchase at Trader Joe’s made without anchovies and kosher varieties often lack the animal ingredients as well. A light soy sauce would work great too I am sure and thanks so much for the other suggestions! I realize it may be more difficult to find the alternatives I mentioned so these are great!

  5. Tonight was the second time we’ve tried these and they are a massive hit with my meat eating family. I think they are absolutely delicious. I used a dark soy sauce instead if worcestershire also. Thanks so much.

  6. Worcester sauce isn’t vegan.

  7. Looks great! I’m going to try this as I have all these ingredients on hand. Wondering what kind of oats you used as some take longer to cook than others and I don’t want to mess this up :)

    • Sorry for the late response Katie! I use quick cooking oats for this. But honestly, I am not sure it would matter because they end up being uncooked (for the most part) since the patties are just grilled. :)

  8. Hi! I never comment on recipes online, but I tried yours and LOVED it! It is so simple compared to other veggie burgers I’ve tried in the past, and the mushrooms and black beans go so well together.

    I actually used the leftovers (since it’s just me) to create little patties for breakfast, with a side of potatoes, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, and broccoli (my leftover fajita veggies), and salsa. It was so delicious, and now my favorite breakfast.

    Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  9. These sound delicious! I’m going to make me batch today, but I’m going to sub kale for the spinach.
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  10. Hi, I’d just like to say this recipe is the best bean burger recipe I’ve tried so far. The texture is quite good and they stay together easily without the need for corn starch or eggs to be added, and it’s relatively simple to make. My only modification to the recipe was using cilantro instead of spinach, as I had cilantro that would have otherwise gone bad if it wasn’t used. Next time I may double the mushrooms as well, just to see what it’s like. Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  11. I had to leave a comment because these are so delicious. I’m newly vegan so finding recipes that weren’t too extravagant are great. The second time I made them I ended up doubling the beans and adding quinoa and flaxseed for added nutrition and they still turned out great! Thanks so much!

  12. help I want to make my own veggie burgers but would also like to freeze them and use bean and Mushrooms do I cook the mushrooms first or is it safe to freeze raw

  13. Is it possible to bake these instead of pan fry them?

  14. We have made these are few times as everyone loved them! I am wondering how long you think any cooked leftovers would last in the fridge and the freezer.

    • Hi Tira! SO glad you guys like them! I have frozen these and used them a few months later after defrosting and they still tasted wonderful. When I save them in the refrigerator, I only save them for a few days. Sometimes I will cook them all and save them cooked and I find they last a little longer. :)


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