Satisfy Your Cravings with Delicious Southern Bean Burgers

Listen up, y’all! Are you ready to add some hearty southern charm to your plate? Look no further because I have a recipe for the most delicious and filling vegan burger. These southern bean burgers are bursting with flavor and bring together some of the best ingredients in southern-style cuisine.

Now, I know what some of y’all may be thinking. Veggie burgers? Ugh, no thank you. But let me assure you, these bean burgers are a game-changer. They are packed with plant-based protein and fiber, making them a healthy and filling option for those of us who want to stay away from meat products.

These burgers consist of black-eyed peas, black beans, and kidney beans mixed with all-purpose flour, onion, and spices. The mixture is then formed into patties and cooked to perfection. Served on a bun with lettuce leaves, tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, or dill pickles (whichever you prefer), ketchup or mayonnaise, mustard – whatever takes your fancy!

Trust me when I say this–you won’t miss the meat once you try these hearty southern bean burgers. So roll up your sleeves, dust off your apron, and let’s get cookin’!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hearty Southern Bean Burgers
Hearty Southern Bean Burgers

Listen, I know you’re skeptical. You’re probably thinking “Bean burgers? No thank you. Give me a real burger any day.” But let me tell you, my friend, this hearty Southern Bean Burger recipe has the potential to change your mind about veggie burgers forever.

First of all, these bean burgers are loaded with flavor. We’re talking black-eyed peas, black beans, kidney beans and a whole host of spices that come together to create an irresistible combination of savory and smoky flavors. These patties aren’t just some tasteless soy products trying to mimic beef; they have their own unique, hearty taste that deserves to be appreciated.

Secondly, these bean burgers are a win for any health-conscious diner. They pack a punch of protein, fiber and other essential nutrients without any added cholesterol or saturated fats like traditional beef burgers. They are vegetarian and plant-based so they’re perfect for anyone looking to cut down on their meat consumption or try out a meatless diet.

Finally, for all my environmentalists out there – these bean burgers are easy on the planet too! Reducing our consumption of animal products is one step towards more sustainable food choices.

Don’t believe me? Give this recipe a try and see for yourself why you’ll love it. These hearty Southern Bean Burgers may even give your classic beef burgers a run for their money.

Ingredient List

“Get ready to sink your teeth into a flavor-packed southern bean burger”

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make these hearty Southern Bean Burgers. A combination of black-eyed peas, black beans, and kidney beans make up the base of these burgers, which are high in protein and fiber. You’ll also need some all-purpose flour to bind everything together, along with a lightly beaten egg. For flavor, we’ll use a yellow onion, Worcestershire sauce, fresh ground black pepper, and salt. And don’t forget to pick up some lettuce leaves, tomatoes, bread and butter pickles or dill pickles to top your burgers. For the sauce, we’ll use ketchup with mayonnaise and mustard for a tangy kick that you’ll love. Here’s a complete list of everything you’ll need:


  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz.), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 oz.), drained and rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Tomatoes, sliced for serving
  • Bread and butter pickles or dill pickles for serving

For the Sauce:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons mustard

The Recipe How-To

“Bite into a wholesome and hearty vegetarian delight”

Now that we have covered our ingredient list, let’s move on to the fun part, the recipe! Are you ready to learn how to make these incredibly delicious and hearty Southern bean burgers? Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

To begin, take out a large bowl and mix 2 cups of cooked and drained black-eyed peas and 1 can of drained black beans. After that, mix in 1 chopped yellow onion, 1 egg that has been lightly beaten, and 4 teaspoons of all-purpose flour. Now it is time for the seasonings! Add in 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Mix thoroughly.

Step 2: Form the Patties

Once you have mixed everything together well, it is time to form the patties. This recipe makes approximately six patties. Use a ½ measuring cup or an ice cream scoop to measure each patty. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Smooth each one out into a disk shape with your hands.

Step 3: Cook the Burgers

The best way to cook these burgers is in a hot cast-iron skillet with olive oil for approximately four minutes on each side over medium heat. The goal is to achieve a golden-brown crust on the outside of each patty. Make sure they are hot all the way through before you take them off the heat.

Step 4: Burger Comeback Sauce

While your burgers are cooking, you can prepare our secret weapon for this dish, burger comeback sauce. It’s simple! Mix together equal parts mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, diced bread and butter pickles or dill pickles, salt, and pepper. You can also add in other seasonings, such as garlic powder, smoked paprika or cayenne pepper, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Step 5: Assemble Your Burger

Now comes the fun part! Grab your favorite burger bun or lettuce leaves as your base. Add your bean burgers on top, followed by a generous dollop of burger comeback sauce. For toppings, we highly recommend fresh slices of tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, and lettuce leaves. However, feel free to customize and get creative with whatever you have on hand! Serve hot and enjoy!

Now you are ready to make the best Southern-style bean burgers ever! If you do make this recipe, don’t forget to take some pictures and share it on social media using the hashtag #southernbeanburgers. This is a dish that will satisfy everyone’s craving for a delicious, hearty vegetarian burger.

Substitutions and Variations

“Who says burgers aren’t healthy? Dive into this protein-packed patty”

Listen up, my food-loving friends, because I’ve got some exciting news for you. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to put your own unique spin on things, then substitutions and variations are the way to go. Here are some suggestions for tweaking this Hearty Southern Bean Burgers recipe.

First of all, if you’re not a fan of black-eyed peas or kidney beans, don’t worry! You can replace them with any kind of bean that you like. Pinto beans, white beans, or even chickpeas would work well in this recipe. You could even try using sweet potatoes instead of beans for a delicious vegan BBQ burger.

If you want to spice things up a bit, try adding some chipotle peppers to the mix. Just chop them up and throw them in with the other ingredients. This will give the burgers a smoky, spicy flavor that will make your taste buds dance.

For those who love a good sauce, why not try making your own comeback sauce? It’s creamy and tangy and perfect for these burgers. Mix together ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and a dash of hot sauce to create this delicious condiment.

If you’re looking to avoid using eggs or making these veggie-style then these bean burgers need not bother as vegan black bean patties can be made with bread crumbs and oats which hold everything together just fine. And hey, if you’ve got your own secret ingredient that you think would work well in this recipe then go ahead and give it a shot! Get creative in the kitchen and see what tasty surprises await you.

So there you have it folks – plenty of ways to personalize this already scrumptious recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

“Experience a veggie burger that’ll make you forget it’s not made of meat”

A hearty Southern Bean Burger is a tasty and filling option for a vegetarian meal, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on flavor! You can dress up your bean burger just as you would a classic beef burger.

To serve, sandwich the bean patty in between two toasted burger buns, spread with some ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard. As toppings go, you can go the classic route and add some lettuce leaves, juicy tomatoes or bread and butter pickles. For a bit more of a kick, throw on some dill pickles or top it off with a spicy BBQ sauce.

As for pairings, the Southern Bean Burger goes well with any side dish that complements beef burgers. If you prefer to keep things traditional, opt for fries or onion rings. However, if you want a healthier option, roasted sweet potatoes are perfect for dipping in a homemade comeback sauce.

If you’re looking to elevate your Southern Bean Burgers game try pairing them with a refreshing coleslaw made from shredded cabbage and carrots. This will create the perfect balance between crunchy slaw and savory bean burger.

Don’t shy away from adding some variety to your meal plan by dressing up your burgers with different toppings and sides!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The ultimate comfort food that even meat-lovers will love”

If you’re the kind of person who likes to be prepared, then you’ll love the fact that these hearty Southern bean burgers can be made ahead of time. In fact, they are perfect for busy weeknights, as they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days or frozen for later use.

To make these bean burgers ahead of time, simply prepare the recipe as written, and let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to reheat them, simply pop them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes or until they are heated through.

When it comes to storing these bean burgers, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, it is important to let them cool completely before storing them. You can store them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap before placing them in the refrigerator or freezer.

If you plan on freezing these bean burgers, make sure to label your container with the date that you made them so that you can keep track of how long they have been in the freezer. They can be frozen for up to three months and reheated when ready to serve.

Reheating these bean burgers is quick and easy. You can either reheat them in the microwave or oven. Simply place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 1-2 minutes until heated through, or place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.

Overall, these hearty Southern bean burgers are perfect if you want a meal that’s quick and easy to prepare ahead of time. Plus, they taste even better when reheated!

Tips for Perfect Results

“A new twist on classic southern flavors”

When making hearty Southern bean burgers, a few tips can help ensure perfect results. Here are my recommendations:

First, it’s essential to use dry beans rather than canned. While canned beans are convenient, they contain excess salt and lack the flavor and texture of properly cooked dry beans. Additionally, freshly cooked beans will hold together better when forming the patties.

Next, be sure to drain the beans properly after cooking them. Excess liquid in the burgers will cause them to fall apart while cooking. You can also give the drained beans a quick pulse in a food processor before mixing them with the other ingredients to achieve a firmer texture.

When it comes to forming the patties, wet your hands with water or oil to prevent sticking. Be careful not to overwork the mixture as this can cause it to become mushy and challenging to shape.

The type of pan you use is also critical. Cast iron is an excellent option for achieving a crispy exterior while still keeping the inside moist and tender. A non-stick pan works as well but isn’t as durable for this recipe.

Finally, let the burgers rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking. This helps bind everything together and prevents breaking when biting into them.

By following these tips, you’re bound to create savory and satisfying hearty Southern bean burgers that everyone at your table will devour!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, with these hearty Southern bean burgers, you’ll have a satisfying meal that is full of flavor and protein. These bean burgers offer a delicious plant-based alternative to traditional meat burgers without sacrificing taste or texture. Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply looking to add more plant-based meals to your diet, these burgers are worth trying.

By using the right combination of beans, seasonings, and condiments like comeback sauce or BBQ sauce, anyone can make an amazing bean burger that is bursting with flavor. Plus, the recipe is really versatile, so you can experiment with different substitutions and variations until you find your perfect burger.

So why not give these hearty Southern bean burgers a try? Packed with nutrients and flavor, they are the perfect meal for any occasion. You can serve them at a barbecue or alongside some sweet potato fries for a more casual meal. Trust me; once you’ve tried them, you’ll never want to go back to traditional meat burgers again.

Hearty Southern Bean Burgers

Hearty Southern Bean Burgers Recipe

1990 Award for Creativity, Build a Better Burger Contest. Wayne Fairchild, Shreveport, Louisiana
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Calories 235 kcal


  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, drained (may use canned beans)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • vegetable oil
  • all-purpose flour
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • 18 bread and butter pickles or 18 dill pickles
  • 6 slices tomatoes
  • 6 lettuce leaves


  • Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
  • Make the patties: mash the peas in a large bowl using a fork.
  • Add in the onion, egg, salt, pepper, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well.
  • Divide the mixture into 6 portions and form the portions into patties to fit the buns.
  • Lightly brush the patties on both sides with oil, then lightly dust with flour.
  • When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil; place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once very carefully, until well browned, firm to the touch, and no longer gooey when cut into with a small, sharp knife, 5-6 minutes on each side.
  • During the last few minutes of cooking, place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.
  • To assemble: spread the cut sides with mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup.
  • On each bottom bun, place a patty, 3 pickle slices, a tomato slice, and a lettuce leaf; add the bun tops and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 282gCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 41.9gProtein: 9.9gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 35.2mgSodium: 805.9mgFiber: 4.8gSugar: 7.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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