Spicy Kidney Bean Burgers – Connoisseurus Veg

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These spicy vegan kidney bean burgers are loaded with flavor and super easy to make with just a handful of ingredients! Perfect for busy weeknights!

Kidney Bean Burger topped with lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo and avocado slices.

When it comes to veggie burgers, black beans tend to get all the love. And I get it! I love a good black bean burger.

But I’ll let you in on a secret: other beans work just as well when it comes to making bean burgers. In fact, you can usually swap out the beans that a recipe calls for with just about any other variety of common beans!

I created this recipe specifically with red kidney beans in mind (although you’re totally welcome to substitute chickpeas or black beans or cannellini beans). I really enjoy Tex-Mex spices with kidney beans, so that’s how I seasoned my burgers.

They turned out scrumptious! And they also happen to be super easy to make. Just blend, shape, and grill!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Rolled oats.
  • Kidney beans. The recipe calls for canned kidney beans, but feel free to soak and cook your own beans if you prefer. Try this method. You’ll need about 2 cups of cooked beans.
  • Red onion. Yellow onion works as well if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Garlic.
  • Spices. We’re using ground cumin and chili powder.
  • Hot sauce. Use a mild, vinegar-based hot sauce such as Cholula and your burgers will still be pretty mild. If you really can’t take the heat, leave it out and substitute a tablespoon or two of vinegar instead.
  • Fresh cilantro. You can leave this out or use parsley instead if you’re not a fan.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Olive oil. Feel free to substitute another high-heat oil, such as avocado, corn, or canola.
  • Burger buns.
  • Toppings. Get creative here! Try vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, avocado, and/or sliced vegan cheese.

How They’re Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Place your oats into a food processor bowl and blend them up until they’re finely chopped. Almost a powder, but not quite.
Ground oats in a food processor bowl.
  • Add the beans, chopped onion, minced garlic, spices, hot sauce, cilantro, salt and pepper to the food processor bowl and blend everything up. Don’t overblend the mixture — make sure it has some texture.
  • Taste-test the mixture and adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. This may mean more salt, pepper, hot sauce, or spices.

Tip: Really scrape the sides and bottom of your food processor bowl with a spatula. The ground oats have a tendency to get stuck in the corners.

Ingredients for making Kidney Bean Burgers blended up in a food processor bowl.
  • Shape your bean mixture into patties and pan-fry them for a few minutes in an oiled skillet. Carefully flip them about halfway through. They should be lightly crisped and browned when they’re done.
Kidney Bean Burger patties cooking in a skillet.
  • Stuff the patties into buns and pile on your favorite toppings.
  • Enjoy!
Kidney Bean Burger with a skillet and water glass in the background.

Variation: Baked Kidney Bean Burgers

If you prefer to bake your burgers, simply place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and pop them in the oven at 400°F. Give them 25 to 30 minutes of bake time, carefully flipping them halfway through.

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover kidney bean burgers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these kidney bean burgers gluten-free?

They are if you use certified gluten-free oats and buns.

Can these burgers be cooked on the grill?

Most bean burgers don’t hold up too well on the grill, but if you’d like to give it a try I recommend partially baking them first for about 20 minutes. This will help them firm up so they hold together better on the grill. Then just grill them briefly to get some charring going on.

Can I make these burgers without a food processor?

You can! Substitute oat flour for the rolled oats. Make sure your onion is chopped super finely. Mash the beans in a bowl using a fork, then stir in the remaining ingredients.

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Kidney Bean Burger on a wooden surface with a skewer on the side.

Spicy Kidney Bean Burgers

These spicy vegan kidney bean burgers are loaded with flavor and super easy to make with just a handful of ingredients! Perfect for busy weeknights!


  • 1
    rolled oats
  • 1
    (14 ounce or 400 gram) can
    red kidney beans,
    drained and rinsed
  • ½
    roughly chopped red onion
  • 1
    garlic clove,
  • 1
    mild chili powder
  • 1
    ground cumin
  • 2
    mild vinegar-based hot sauce,
    such as Cholula
  • 2
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½
    or to taste
  • Black pepper,
    to taste
  • 1
    olive oil,
    or as needed
  • 4
    burger buns
  • Toppings of choice


  1. Place the oats into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade and blend them to a coarse powder.

  2. Add the beans, onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, hot sauce, cilantro, and salt to the food processor bowl. Pulse the machine until the ingredients are finely chopped and well mixed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  3. Taste-test the mixture, add black pepper to taste, and adjust any other seasonings to your liking.

  4. Lightly oil the bottom of a medium nonstick skillet and place it over medium heat.

  5. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then shape the bean mixture into patties, placing each directly in the skillet. Cook the patties in batches, cooking only as many as you can fit at a time without crowding.

  6. When the patties are finished cooking, stuff them into burger buns and top with toppings of choice.

Nutrition Facts

Spicy Kidney Bean Burgers

Amount Per Serving (1 burger (patty + roll))

Calories 383
Calories from Fat 68

% Daily Value*

Fat 7.5g12%

Saturated Fat 0.9g5%

Sodium 979mg41%

Potassium 410mg12%

Carbohydrates 67.5g23%

Fiber 9.8g39%

Sugar 6.9g8%

Protein 14g28%

Calcium 51mg5%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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