Black Bean Burger with Caramelized BBQ Onions


I’m super excited to team up with Head Country BAR-B-Q on some delicious vegetarian recipes in the coming days and weeks. First up? How about a Black Bean Burger with Caramelized BBQ Onions? I used Head Country’s yummy Sweet & Spicy Seasoning and The Original Bar-B-Q Sauce. These flavors took this “burger” to the next level. Trust me, you’ll never miss the meat!



2 cans seasoned black beans, drained/not rinsed 

1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 

1 small onion, grated 

1 large egg 

1 tablespoon canola oil, for the pan + 1-2 pats of butter, for the pan 

4 slices Swiss cheese 

4 burger buns, toasted (I used onion & poppyseed bund) 

1 teaspoon Head Country Sweet & Spicy Seasoning (Head Country Original and High Plains Heat works well too!)

Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce for Drizzling

Lettuce and sliced tomatoes, for topping

2 cans seasoned black beans, drained/not rinsed

1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1 small onion, grated

1 medium onion, sliced thin


1 tablespoon canola oil

1 medium onion, sliced thin

1/4 cup Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce



Using a potato masher or fork, mash the beans in a medium bowl until they are mushy but still have some whole bean pieces throughout.

Mix the breadcrumbs, grated onion, Head Country seasoning, and egg into the beans. (Add a splash of water if the mixture looks dry.) Set aside for 5 minutes.

Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of canola oil and a pat or two of butter for flavor.

Divide the bean mixture into 4 equal patties. (Note: Black bean burgers do not shrink when they cook.).

Add the patties to the hot skillet with the melted oil and butter. Cook burgers until browned, 4 to 5 minutes on each side, but watch closely so they don’t burn.

Add a slice of Swiss cheese to the top of each burger. Add a lid to allow cheese to melt.


Heat oil in a skillet. Add thin sliced onions. Sauté until onions look slightly caramelized and somewhat translucent. Add the Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce, toss with onions and allow to slightly bubble. Turn off heat at set aside. 


To build your burger. Butter your buns and toast on a grill or in a toaster oven. Add iron-skillet black bean burger (or two, if you wish) to top of your toasted bun. Drizzle burger with a little Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce. Top with Caramelized BBQ Onions, lettuce, tomato slice, and top of bun. 

Voila! A Black Bean Burger that will make you love eating vegetarian!