Barley Black Bean Burgers Recipe -
Barley Black Bean Burgers Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Barley Black Bean Burgers

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"These veggie burgers will firm up as they cook on the grill. Great with all the trimmings."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Generously grease a sheet of aluminum foil with oil.
  2. Bring barley and water to a boil in a saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Mash black beans with a fork in a large bowl until thick and pasty. Stir barley, Cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onion, red bell pepper, parsley, eggs, garlic, salt, and black pepper into mashed black beans. Mix enough bread crumbs into bean mixture to form a sticky batter that holds together.
  4. Divide batter into 4 to 6 patties; place on prepared aluminum foil.
  5. Grill patties on the aluminum foil for about 8 minutes on each side.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • These can also be cooked in a 375 degree F (190 degrees C) oven on an oiled baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes on each side.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 25, 2012

I thought this was an awesome recipe! I added jalapenos to spice things up a little bit and enjoyed mine with some local BBQ sauce. I read others were having problems with the burgers falling apart so I baked the burgers at 350 until cooked through and than threw them into the fridge until I wanted to heat them up again on the grill!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 21, 2012

Very good flavor for a veggie-burger (which I usually avoid like the plague). I followed the recipe as posted and had some problems with the patties falling apart. Even after I oiled the foil, the patties stuck and fell apart when flipping them. Maybe Pam spray or a cooler grill would have helped... Anyway, they made for some excellent hash.


10 Ratings

Mar 24, 2013

These were amazing! Even my little boys ate it and asked for more. I omitted mushrooms and peppers so the kids wouldn't complain of CHUNKS and ran the barley through a food processor briefly and pulsed the black beans a few times to give a smoother patty. Though I only had one egg, they held together on oiled foil on the grill with the use of some cooking spray. I threw in some liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce and used a smoked cheddar cheese to bump up the grill flavor. Delicious!

Jun 02, 2012

To get burgers to stick together, perhaps don't rinse the black beans and lightly coat patties with flour. Provecho!

Dec 13, 2013

I have tried this recipe and really liked it. I did do a few things different. I made them into meatballs. I baked them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, I did spray them with olive oil so the brown a little. I plan on making them for lunch for the Center were I cook at. I will let you know how it went over.

Oct 14, 2013

This was really good, however the prep time took a lot longer than 15 minutes. I took the advice of another review and did not rinse the beans. I also drained any excess liquid from the barley. I cooked the patties for about 15 minutes on each side at 400 degrees which helped dry them out and keep their shape. I used cilantro instead of the parsley and added crushed red pepper for a kick. All in all pretty tasty when topped with cheese and Dijon mustard.

Aug 20, 2015

This was very good, but as I find with all the veggie burgers I've tried, it's a bit bland. I like the idea of adding jalapeños to spice it up. Overall, though, this is a great recipe especially for the texture, which all my kids loved. Thank you! I will be making this again.

Dec 31, 2013

we couldn't make this as a burger. had to do it as a sort of a meatloaf, only without the meat. by the time it was done it was stuffing, directions on the barley need to be more clear because we did the measurements exactly and ended up with a bunch of leftover barley that is now being frozen for other uses, which are yet to be determined.


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  • Calories
  • 406 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 123 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 13.3 g
  • 53%
  • Protein
  • 22.8 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 755 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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