Red Bean-Chipotle Burgers: Delicious, easy veggie burgers
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4.09 from 12 votes

Red Bean-Chipotle Burgers

These bean and grain-based burgers may not taste like meat, but they’re a delicious meal in their own right. Use as much or as little chipotle peppers as you like; the flavor can be a subtle smokiness or a raging inferno!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Air-Fryer, Vegan
Keyword: vegan burger recipe, veggie burger
Servings: 6
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 1 small onion , peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 16-ounce can kidney beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or quick oats , uncooked
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1-3 teaspoons chopped canned chipotles OR 1/2-2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder or hot smoked paprika, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour or brown rice flour (or other flour)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional for salt-free diets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme


  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Put the onion and garlic into a food processor and pulse to chop coarsely. Add the beans and process until coarsely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well blended but not a paste (it will look similar to ground me@t.)
    Burgers in the food processor
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Use a 1/3 cup measure to scoop the burger mixture onto the baking sheet, smoothing it into six patties. (It is easiest to do this by making six “piles” of beans and using the spoon to smooth the top and round the edges of the patties.) 
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. When the bottoms are lightly browned and beginning to get crisp, turn the burgers and cook for 10-15 more minutes, until the other side is brown. Do not overcook or they will be tough!
  • Serve immediately with accompaniments as desired. These keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for a quick lunch.


Air Fryer Instructions:

Preheat air fryer to 390F. Form burgers on parchment paper and transfer to air fryer (I put them directly into the AF but they did stick; if possible, cut parchment paper to fit AF.) Cook for 8 minutes. Turn burgers over and rearrange from top to bottom if you are using a rack. Cook 4-8 more minutes, until burgers are crispy outside and firm. Be careful not to overcook or they will be hard.


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g