Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers

Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers, better than beef burgers!  - Fab Food 4 AllThe other day I came across a bag of black turtle beans that had recently gone out of date at the back of my cupboard. I’d been sent them last year and at the time I created some delicious Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon and Pineapple. So a huge wave of guilt came over me for allowing the beans to languish unloved for all this time. They looked in pristine condition so I decided that the best course of action would be to cook them all and then I could used them to make something and freeze the rest for another day.

So after a 12 hour soak I boiled the beans up and after a busy day really didn’t feel in the mood for cooking but knew I had to do something so I decided to make Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers as I’d made chickpea ones before which were delicious. I started Googling recipes and just grew a little frustrated as they all seemed to mention frying onions first for 10 minutes and adding them to the burgers. I wasn’t in the mood for a lot of faff (tell the truth I don’t think I ever am) so decided to work on the principle that these were like Frikadeller which use grated onion. Then I just needed to add some flavour which came in the form of sweetcorn, sriracha sauce (a new favourite here), cayenne pepper and some chopped coriander. To make these burgers extra yummy I decided to add some grated mature cheddar.

Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers, better than beef burgers!  - Fab Food 4 All

Honestly, who needs beef burgers!

I was tempted to taste the raw mixture but as it contained raw egg I decided against it so had to wait until the burgers had cooked to know if they were any good. Well I needn’t have worried as my family absolutely loved them. My hubby even said he preferred them to beef burgers (a closet vegetarian perhaps)?! I was going to put the rest of the beans in the freezer but I’ve been asked if we can have them again tonight which suits me as I have the rest of a large tin of sweetcorn to use up. These burgers are so easy to make and so much healthier than a beef burger I know we will be having these a lot. Using a bag of beans is much cheaper than buying them tinned and I would advise cooking the whole bag up and freezing what you don’t use which saves on your fuel bill.

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You'll really wonder why you've been eating beef burgers all these years after tasting these Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers packed with sweetcorn, sriracha and coriander to name but a few hidden ingredients.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 400g Cooked black turtle beans, 200g raw weight (or just under 2 tins of black beans)
  • ½ Egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ Red onion, large, grated
  • 2 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 165g Tin of sweetcorn
  • 1 Slice of wholemeal bread, whizzed into breadcrumbs
  • 2 tblsp Chopped coriander leaf (I used frozen)
  • 50g Extra mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce or to taste (hot chilli sauce)
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Flour for dusting
  • 125 mls Rapeseed oil
  1. Put 300g of the beans in a bowl and blend to a paste with a stick blender (or use a food blender).
  2. Next mix in beaten egg and grated onion to loosen the mixture.
  3. The add all the other ingredients (except the oil) including the rest of the black beans and mix well with a wooden spoon until you have a large ball of paste.
  4. Divide the paste into 4 equal portions and make into patties on a well floured surface to coat the burgers.
  5. Heat the oil in a pan and fry for 5 – 8 minutes per side until cooked through and golden.
  6. Serve with extra sriracha sauce, burger buns and a salad.

Spicy Black Turtle Bean Burgers, better than beef burgers!  - Fab Food 4 All

I do hope you make these quick and easy burgers as I can’t recommend them highly enough and if you do cook up a whole bag of black turtle beans then here are some ideas of how to use the rest:

Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple

Veggie Packed Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

Barbecue Beef Feijoada with Spicy Sweetcorn

Vegetarian Encheladas

As this dish is so frugal I’m entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which is run by myself and Fuss Free Flavours and this month hosted by Jen’s Kitchen. Also as these burgers are meat free I’m entering them into Tinned Tomatoes Meat Free Mondays challenge. I’m also entering Extra Veg which is run by Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy.Finally as I used up my black beans I’m entering Elizabeth’s Kitchen’s No Waste Food Challenge.

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  1. Lisa Williams

    I love a vegie meal sometimes I prefer them to meat and this looks so good 🙂

    1. Camilla

      This is actually my favourite burger over beef now:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    Fantastic recipe and idea, can’t wait to try it. Thanks Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina, I’m sure you’ll love them. I just bought some more black turtle beans in order to make them again:-)

  3. GeorgeW78

    These look & sound lovely and great value too! Definitely one to add to my list of recipes to try, thanks 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, such a hit here, I’m sure you’ll love them:-)

  4. Maya Russell

    I will be calling black beans black turtle beans from now on. Great recipe – I always seem to have packets of beans to use up. I’d add chopped onion for myself – I keep a bag of chopped, frozen onion in the freezer which is nice when you want to make a quick meal.

    1. Camilla

      Good idea Maya;-)

  5. Sarah

    Great veggie recipe, I’ll be substituting chick peas (as it’s what I have in my stock cupboard) and seeing how it goes!

    1. Camilla

      I bet they will be fine as I’ve made chickpea burgers before that were lush:-)

  6. Elizabeth

    I absolutely love the sound of this recipe! Perfect meat free BBQ fare! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, think you’d need some kind of clamp to put them on the BBQ or they would fall apart.

  7. Vivien Baird

    They sound delicious, better thank plain bergers

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Vivien, they are fab:-)

  8. Ursula Hunt

    These go down a treat with my bbq friends

    1. Camilla

      Really, I wondered how they’d turn out on a BBQ without the oil to crisp up the outside so I expect the cheese steps in then to make up for the lack of oil then:-)

  9. Jen

    I’ve not cooked with black beans for ages, quite often veggie burgers can be much nicer than meat burgers so I;m not surprised the family loved them.

    1. Camilla

      Yes beef burgers seem quite boring in comparison now!

  10. Helen @Fuss Free Flavours

    Lovely veggie burgers Camilla, I really like black beans and on the whole prefer veggie burgers to meaty ones any day.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, so do we now:-)

  11. Lilinha Espindula

    Yummy, the black bean burgers sound delicious. I love the fact they are spicy and made with healthy pulses!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lilnha, they were so good:-)

  12. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    these are right up my street, and I bet my family (except the meat-loving husband!) would love them too!

    1. Camilla

      Lucy my hubby couldn’t be a bigger carnivore and he actually preferred these burgers to beef ones as they are so tasty – so you never know!

  13. claire toplis

    These look utterly amazing and very easy to make as well

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Claire, they really are a good effort to glory ratio:-)

  14. Notmyyearoff

    Are the turtle beans also known just as black beans? I’ve not heard of Turtle beans before! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Hi yes, I think when you buy them dried they call them by their full name and I’ve noticed the tinned ones just say black beans – one and the same:-)

  15. Alison

    Heavens they sound absolutely delish… Really must investigate whatever it is that is lurking at the back of my pantry too…x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Alison, yes it happens to the best of us doesn’t it:-)

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Nice recipe for when we have a bbq

    1. Camilla

      I really think you need the oil to fry these in or they could be a bit dry on a BBQ but there is some cheese on there so who knows?

  17. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Mmm I love black beans! These burgers look heavenly (and I am glad to hear I am not the only one finding vintage dry goods in their pantry cupboards 😉

    1. Camilla

      Yes, cough, I really need to keep on top of my dry goods! Think I’ll be having a rice pudding day soon too!

  18. Emily Leary

    Oh my goodness, these looks absolutely wonderful. Definitely want to make these – I’m sick of supermarket veggie burgers that leave a lot to be desired!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily, I’ve had Aldi veggie burgers which were good but now I’ve had these there’s no comparison:-)

  19. Sally - My Custard Pie

    Is there any difference between black beans (veggie teen loves em so recipe bookmarked) and black turtle beans?

    1. Camilla

      Sally I had to Google this and no apparently they are one and the same:-)

  20. Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)

    What a beautiful recipe. I have never heard of a turtle bean.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sandi. They are more commonly known as black beans too after a surf of the internet!

  21. Nadia

    These burgers look amazing Camilla 😀 I’ve made loads of bean burgers before but haven’t tried black beans yet. Love the rich, dark colour they give 🙂 x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nadia, I am so pleased with them:-)

  22. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    I love anything with pulses, these look very tasty.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes pulses rock:-)

  23. Corina

    They sound delicious and I love how crispy they look.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Corina, I think the flour coating helped with the crispyness:-)

  24. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    I love making black bean burgers and yours look perfect. The consistency is there and the spice! Yum.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Peter, goodness knows why I’ve left it so long but last year was the 1st time I was made aware of this bean!

  25. Heather Haigh

    I really love a nice bean burger, especially with chilli flavour. Yours look and sound great.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Heather, hope you try them:-)

  26. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    Camilla I love your twist of adding sweetcorn in. How brill.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bintu, my store cupboards and an endless source of inspiration:-)

  27. shobha

    Delicious burgers.. I suppose we can use any kind of beans also to make them.

    1. Camilla

      Hi Shobha, thank you, yes I imagine any bean would be good but these black ones are just perfect due to their size and colour:-)


    burger looks so good, perfect for grilling, and love spicy food so its on the list.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Linsy:-)

  29. Ceri

    Impressive to avoid food waste by cooking these up. Love the idea of veggie burgers – you have lots of flavours in there so I’m sure the texture was wonderful!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ceri, yes I hate food waste so even if things have gone a bit past their best before date I always try to use them up!

  30. Penelope

    They look fab – I’m sorely tempted to try them, although my husband is known as our resident carnivore so I’m not sure I’d get them past him! Worth a try though 🙂 I must try Sriacha too

    1. Camilla

      Penelope my hubby is the biggest carnivore going and often says “where’s the meat” but even he preferred these to beef burgers! We are all hooked:-)

  31. Emily

    I love a veggie burger done well. This looks fab. I would probably use less spice as I’m a wimp – but need to add these to my repertoire x

    1. Camilla

      Hi Emily, I don’t think you’d find these too spicy as my 11 yr old daughter even said she’d quite like them spicier last nigh, it’s not an overpowering spice but just enough to give a lovely flavour:-)

  32. Choclette

    These sound delicious Camilla. Strapped for time, I tend to go for stir fries and one pot type meals, but I do like a good burger and will push the boat out from time to time. I like your raw onion addition and I’m always up for chilli sauce.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette:-)

  33. Paul Wilson

    Great idea, bet they’re ace on barbecues.

    1. Camilla

      I think you actually need the oil to crisp them up but they might be ok with the cheese in them, you’d have to cook in a fish slice/cage or they’d fall apart.

      1. Paul Wilson

        Yes, good thinking.

  34. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    These sound right up my street! I adore black beans (though I usually cheat and use the tinned version), and sweetcorn, cheddar and sriracha are all favourites with me too! Must try these, thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Becca yes I saw your new found love of Sriracha on your blog, I’ve only recently discovered it myself too. We now all prefer these bean burgers to beef ones:-)

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