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Black Bean Butternut Squash Veggie Burgers

Black Bean Butternut Squash Veggie Burgers Related:   dairy, July 4th, kid-friendly, low-fat, North America, pareve, vegan, vegetables & legumes, vegetarian

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12–15 burgers

These homemade black bean butternut squash veggie burgers are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional hamburgers, and because they are made from scratch, they are a healthier alternative to store-bought veggie burgers, which frequently include a variety of additives and soy products. Personally, I prefer them with a slice of melted Swiss cheese, but for a vegan meal, simply skip the last step or replace with a vegan-friendly cheese substitute.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1¼ cup mashed butternut squash (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (2 tablespoons for sautéing onions and garlic and 2 tablespoons for burger mixture)
  • 2 16-ounce boxes black beans (no salt added), drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1¼ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 12 slices of Swiss cheese (omit if vegan)
  • 12 slider buns


  • Chop onion and garlic. Drain and rinse black beans. Prepare and mash your butternut squash.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and sauté onions for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute or two. Next, add black beans and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour beans mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • To the black bean mixture, mix in the butternut squash, breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons olive oil. The mixture will be fairly thick. Using a 1/3-cup measuring cup, pack with burger mixture, using the back of a spoon to press it down. Turn the cup over on the parchment paper, and tap lightly until the burger releases. Continue with the rest of the mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from over, flip burgers over and bake for another 20 minutes. If using cheese, remove from oven about 5 minutes before they are finished, layer cheese over the burgers and place back into the oven. Serve on whole wheat slider buns with all of your favorite toppings.

3 Responses

  1. Paula says:

    This sounds delish, Diana! Where do you find black beans in a box? I assume they are like Trader Joe’s steamed lentils that are in vacuum sealed bags inside a box in the refrigerator section?

    • Merav Levkowitz Merav Levkowitz says:

      Hi Paula,
      You may be able to find them in your local market or Whole Foods Market’s canned goods aisle. They are just like canned beans, so if you can’t find a box, a 14- or 15-ounce can will work just fine! Good luck!

  2. Diana Levine says:

    Hi Paula!

    Yes, I purchase my boxes of black beans from Whole Foods. I prefer them over the canned beans. Not sure if they are available outside of Whole Foods, so when I see them on sale, I stock up!

    All my best,

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