Southwest Black Bean Burgers

Southwest Black Bean Burgers – 21 Day Fix Approved

A little break from being a carnivore for an evening (haha!)…these southwest black bean burgers – 21 Day Fix Approved, too! – were SO delicious and flavorful! This is one of the recipes from our grilling challenge! My teammate, Emily Berger found the recipe for this and I am SO happy she did! I adapted it for our tastes and BOOM. Basili was upset I didn’t make more! I doubled the recipe I used below so I wouldn’t second guess how much to make for next time! These will freeze well too! Prep them ahead of time and throw them on the grill, frozen, after a long day! 🙂 Easy peasy!

Would you believe this is the only photo I took? I served these with some lightly sautéed mini sweet peppers and zucchini seasoned with oregano and pepper. Topped with some avocado (and some cheese for the boys). When I am doing a dedicated round of the Fix or Fix Extreme, I like to eat all of my yellow containers BEFORE dinner – so I would have this as a lunch on the weekend vs at dinner. When I am not doing a ‘dedicated round’, I will still eat within my container/calorie bracket, but I am not AS strict with the times, it’s a lifestyle after all!


Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Serves 8
This recipe had my husband coming back for me and both kids cleared their plates! Little did they know, they were eating lots of veggies and beans for dinner! Sneaky mommy. 🙂
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 2 (16 oz) cans black beans, drained & rinsed
  2. 1 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
  3. 1 cup green onions, chopped
  4. 6 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  5. 6 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 2 T chili powder
  8. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  9. 2 tsp hot sauce
  10. 1 cup quick cooking oats
Optional for Serving
  1. 8 whole wheat thin buns (100 calories)
  2. 2 avocados, sliced or mashed, your preference
  3. 2 tomatoes, sliced
  4. Romaine lettuce leaves
  1. Drain and rinse beans. Dry well.
  2. In medium bowl, mash beans with a fork until desired consistency is reached.
  3. In food processor, combine bell pepper, cilantro, onion & garlic and finely chop. Add oats, eggs and spices, finely chop.
  4. Add mixture to the beans and mix well.
  5. Divide mixture into 8 patties and place on foil or wax paper - add additional oats if mix is too runny
  6. Freeze at least 2 hours before grilling - these burgers will freeze well for several days before grilling - great for prep day!
  7. Grill over medium heat for 7-8 minutes on each side
21 Day Fix Counts
  1. 1 Burger = 1 Yellow, 1/4 Green, 1/8 Red (seriously, don't count that)
  2. Portion it out accordingly - the black beans are considered a YELLOW. NOT A RED. 🙂 According to what Autumn said at Super Saturday, this is simply based on the make up (macros) in black beans - they are simply more starchy even though they are a source of protein.
Adapted from Skinny Taste
Adapted from Skinny Taste
Fit Mom Angela


  1. Dana

    We tried these burgers tonight and they were delicious! Thank you for posting.

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      I am so happy you enjoyed them, Dana!! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to send feedback!

  2. Debbie

    These are phenomenal, thank you!! Wish it wasn’t a yellow though 🙂

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Thanks Debbie!! I am so happy you liked them! 🙂 I agree – I LOVE that yellow container! 🙂

  3. Amy

    DO you think these could be freezed before grilling for a couple weeks?

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Hi Amy – I don’t see why not, but I also haven’t tried it! 🙂 I bet they would be fine – if you go ahead and try it, let me know! 🙂 Angela

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