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Black Bean Patties with Avocado & Tomato Salsa

Serve up these easy black bean patties over rice or quinoa, or on a whole wheat bun for instant vegetarian sliders!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Refrigeration Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 Patties Plus Salsa
Calories: 175kcal


  • 3 pieces day-old or toasted whole wheat sandwich bread
  • 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil divided
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper membranes and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • 2 avocados cut into ¾ inch pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


The patties:

  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse sandwich bread to form breadcrumbs. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft. Add garlic, jalapeno, and cumin. Saute for additional 2 minutes.
  • Scrape the mixture into the food processor. Add black beans, brown rice, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the beans are chopped, but not pureed.
  • Scrape the black bean mixture into a large bowl. Add half of the breadcrumbs and the chopped cilantro. Stir the mixture until combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties. If the mixture is too moist to form patties, add more breadcrumbs.
  • Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap and cover with additional plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet (preferably not nonstick, so a good crust can form) set over medium heat. Add 4 patties and cook for 4 minutes per side. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 4 patties.
  • Serve 2 patties on each plate, topped with salsa.

The salsa:

  • Gently stir together avocado, tomatoes and lime juice.


Serving: 1Patty + Salsa | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.8mg