Perfectly Spicy Chipotle Black Bean Burger (Morningstar Copycat!)

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You can’t beat a vegan chipotle black bean burger if it’s made right.  You will love how quick and easy this black bean patty is to make, and don’t even get me started on the flavor! With a familiar meaty texture and rich flavor, you can’t say no to this low fat and nutritious recipe. My perfectly spicy bean burger is going to be your favorite recipe to break out at any social gathering!

I have tried many different vegan black bean burgers, both store-bought and homemade. Honestly, some are quite good, but some also leave me hungry (I end up tossing them when no one is looking). Even though making black bean burgers is an easy process, there are still a few things you need to know before jumping right in. Read this article to the end so you will never make a trash bean burger again!

This Vegan Black Bean Burger…

chipotle black bean burger on a wooden board

My chipotle black bean burger (Morningstar Farms copycat recipe) is

  • Hearty
  • Healthy
  • Smokey
  • “meaty”
  • Juicy
  • Slightly spicy
  • Satisfying

In my experience, a typical black bean patty has the tendency to go one of two ways. They can either be mushy (too much moisture) or brittle (not enough moisture).  Finding the common ground is literally the hardest part of this recipe, but luckily for you I’ve done all the leg work already!

* Before we get started…. If you haven’t already be sure to check out my seasonal food guide! This guide gives you detailed descriptions on the foods in season, what to look for, and what to stay away from! I have it broken down by the month!

Spicy Chipotle Black Bean Burger Ingredients

Morningstar farms chipotle black bean burger copycat recipe ingredients spread across a wooden table

Black Beans- These are the main ingredient, definitely can’t miss the black beans in a vegan black bean burger.

Brown Rice- Brown rice is the best! Don’t use long grain brown rice though, you want to use a short grain brown rice. The short grain releases its starchiness better making it better for holding your spicy bean burger together!

Breadcrumbs- Breadcrumbs help hold this vegan black bean burger together! Don’t worry though! If you are gluten free, there are alternatives we can use.

Onion & Garlic- If you don’t know by now, I put onion and garlic in a lot of recipes. Because its necessary. If you don’t like onion and garlic, replace with veggies you do like!

Corn- Honestly, I put corn in this chipotle black bean burger because it’s a Morningstar Farms copycat recipe. Corn does bring good flavor and its fair share of nutrients as well!

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo- These delightfully smokey peppers work wonders for the recipe. The smokey characteristic helps convey the “meaty” aspect you want to get from your spicy bean burger. You can also get a similar effect from liquid smoke or smoked paprika.

Flavorings- This recipe uses spices like chili powder, smoked paprika, and cumin to create a “burger-like” flavor. Other flavorings such as Vegan Worcestershire, ketchup and a flax egg help hold the vegan black bean burger together!

How to Make a Chipotle Black Bean Burger

Aerial view of vegan black bean burgers. with antique fork and old salt and pepper shakers on wooden cutting boards.

This is where you will fall in love with this spicy bean burger recipe! Making this vegan black bean burger is probably the easiest process ever. Once you have prepared all of your ingredients and measured everything precisely, you simply combine all the ingredients in a food processor. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your food processor and what size batch you are doing.

The best way to blend this recipe is to use the pulse function on the food processor. This will combine all the ingredients thoroughly and leave a good bit of texture as well. Now, if you don’t have a food processor, you can just mash the ingredients together with a fork or potato masher.

Once your mix is blended to your liking. Now it is time to form the patties. Do so with your hands, or by using a scoop. Just be sure they are all the same size and shape, so they all cook uniformly.

Cooking the black bean patty is very simple as well. You simply bake them off at 375 F for 25 minutes. You will want to flip them halfway through the process though. If you don’t want to deal with firing up the oven, you can always sauté them on the stove over medium heat. Just remember to flip halfway through this process. It’s probably 3-4 minutes on each side.

Chipotle Black Bean Burger FAQs

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Absolutely! There are plenty of items you can replace the breadcrumbs within this spicy bean burger recipe! You can substitute rolled oats or quick oats. These are probably the best and most common option, but you will need to adjust the amount a bit.

You can also use gluten free breadcrumbs. Yes, there are such a thing. I like to use Jeff Nathan Creations Chef Gourmet Panko. I always buy the plain flavored breadcrumbs so I can spice them up myself!

Are black bean burgers good for you?

Black bean burgers are way better for you then beef burgers by comparison.  Please note that canned black beans do have higher levels of sodium then fresh cooked black beans. You can reduce the sodium level in canned black beans by rinsing them before using them.

black bean patty or spicy bean patties in a copper pan with a rustic background.

My black bean burgers are crumbly, how do I fix this?

First off, you need to really make sure you mash the beans well in the black bean patty mix. This helps glue all the ingredients together! Bu sure you measure all the ingredients precisely too! If the mix is to dry, they will be crumbly. Just add a bit more sauce to the mix!

How do you dress up a chipotle black bean burger?

Load it up with veggies! You would be surprised how many crazy burger toppings are out there! Think of a vegan black bean burger as a regular burger when it comes to toppings. Just don’t over think it and you will be fine!

You can also check out my seasonal produce guide where I have all the produce in season broken down month by month! Its super helpful!

Can you grill a spicy bean patty?

Yes, you can, you just need to make sure your grill grate is very clean and greased well. These burgers grill up nice!

Can you freeze this spicy bean patty?

Yes, you can. Once they are cooked, let them cool completely and wrap each black bean patty in plastic or foil. Once they are all wrapped, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 90 days.

Vegan black bean burger close up with sliced red cabbage in the background

Chipotle Black Bean Burger Tricks and Tips

Preparing The Black Beans

Preparing the black beans is very simple, and it is pretty quick too! Whether you are using canned or fresh black beans, you need to rinse them thoroughly. I do this by placing them in a strainer or colander and running water over them until it runs clear.

Next you want to dry out the black beans. I know this sounds counterproductive, but this step is necessary if you want your black bean patty to stay firm but not crumble. To do this effectively, I have found baking the beans in the oven at 375 F until their skin cracks (about 7-8 minutes) is the best way.

Cooking Brown Rice

This is an important process that is often not done correctly without even knowing it. The most common step people miss is the first one! Before you cook the brown rice, you need to rinse off the excess starches. To do so, run cold water over the rice until the water runs clear.

Once rinsed, measure two cups of water for every cup of dry brown rice. Place the rice in the saucepan first, then add the water to it. Heat the mixture over medium high heat.

Bring the rice to a boil. Once the rice is at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with aluminum foil. This will make sure all the rice is cooked thoroughly. Cook the rice for 45 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Once the rice is tender, let sit for 10 minutes before removing the cover.  Once the ten minutes has passed, you can remove the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.

Chill your Patties Before Cooking

During the process of shaping your black bean patty, their temperature tends to rise due to a few different factors. This is normal. The problem is when they are room temperature like this, they are more likely to fall apart in the pan. To avoid this headache, after you shape the patties, pop them in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes to firm up before cooking.


To store your black bean patty, I would recommend cooking them first as the recipe instructs you to. Once they are cooked, cool them down completely. Once they are completely cooled, individually wrap them, and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. To keep them as fresh as possible, take the wrapped black bean patty and place them in an airtight container.


When it comes to reheating your chipotle black bean burger, you got options!

  • Skillet: You can reheat in a skillet over medium low heat. Just remember to use a bit of oil.
  • Toaster/Toaster Oven: Just pop then in the toaster with medium high heat for about 7 minutes. With a toaster oven, pop them in at 375 F for 8 minutes. Just be sure to flip them halfway through.
  • Microwave: For one spicy bean patty, place in the microwave in a microwave safe dish for 1 minute. If reheating multiple black bean patties, add 1 minute for each patty.

Equipment Needed

1 cutting board

1 chef knife

1 large mixing bowl

1 sauce pot

1 strainer

1 baking tray

1 spatula

1 food processor or something to mash with

*If you love vegan burgers like I do and you want to make the best vegan burger you possibly can, then you need to read my Vegan Burger Guide! This guide has everything you need to know about making the best plant based patties you possibly can!

Need to sauce up your vegan black bean burger? Here are some awesome vegan sauces that will take your chipotle black bean burger to the next level!

Can’t forget about the cheese! Here are some vegan cheese recipes to top your burger with!

chipotle black bean burger featured image. A vegan burger on a wooden cutting board with a salt and pepper shaker.

Chipotle Black Bean Burger (Morningstar Copycat)

Chef Mason Bostwick
Perfectly spicy, pleasantly smoky with great texture! These chipotle black bean burgers are amazing tasting and a way healthier alternative. This recipe is vegan and easily made gluten free!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Burgers, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 8 patties


  • 2 Can 15oz Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Can 14oz Kernel Corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice cooked
  • 1 Small 1/2 cup Red Onion, rough chop
  • 3 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  • 1 Cup Breadcrumbs or Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • ¼ Cup Vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp Cumin ground
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Recipe Flax Egg


  • Preheat your oven to 375 F. While the oven is preheating, measure out all of the ingredients and prep them accordingly if you haven’t done so already.
  • *If you need to know how to cook the brown rice check the section above for a quick tutorial.
  • Once the oven is preheated, place a single layer of corn and black beans on the tray and roast in the oven. Roast these vegetables in the oven until they are dry and the skin cracks and begins to get a bit crispy. This should take about 7-8 minutes.
  • Once the black beans and corn are dried out, cool them down. Once cooled, remove 25% of the corn and black beans and set aside. We will fold these in later for texture.
  • Now combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and use the pulse function to thoroughly combine the ingredients. Blend the ingredients until you are satisfied with the texture. I like to leave min a bit chunky.
  • Now that the black bean patty mix is blended, transfer it to a mixing bowl and fold in the corn and black beans we set aside earlier. Mix well.
  • Using your hands, divide the spicy bean patty mix into equal parts. Should be about 8 equal portions. Then shape the portions into patties. If the mix gets to room temperature, place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
  • To cook, place on a greased baking tray and roast in the oven for 12-13 minutes on each side. Use a spatula to flip then during the cooking process.
  • When the chipotle black bean burgers come out of the oven, they are ready to eat! If you aren’t going to eat them now, cool them down before wrapping them and storing them.
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